TESOL Teacher Education Program
(Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)
In recent years, the TESOL Teacher Education Program has been a locus of growth and change at Stony Brook University and in the field. New courses and external funding have strengthened the program and its uniqueness and have greatly enriched the professional growth of its graduates. As a result, the program has become nationally and internationally recognized for its innovative orientation in preparing teachers of students with linguistically and culturally diverse backgrounds.
The program is housed within the Department of Linguistics and prepares students at the undergraduate and graduate level to become teachers of English as a New Language (ENL) in grades Pre-K through 12. Students study linguistics and pedagogy, design and implement workshops to raise cross-cultural awareness, and gain extensive practical experience in a variety of educational settings, which include pre-schools, elementary and secondary schools, colleges, and adult education programs. The program’s curriculum is informed by analysis of English Language Learner student test data and the integration of technology. The program interweaves intellectual rigor in the academic discipline, diverse educational approaches, and professional growth with pre-service teachers across disciplines and in authentic classroom contexts.
Alumni of the program are employed as teachers and coordinators of language programs in over 55 school districts and educational agencies on Long Island, in schools across New York State, and in English language programs in countries around the globe.
The TESOL Teacher Education Program is resolute in maintaining standards beyond the
minimum required by New York State Education Department. ALL students, at either
the undergraduate or graduate level, seeking New York State TESOL teaching certification
must successfully complete all requirements set forth by Stony Brook University as
well as the New York State Education Department. This includes submitting and having
an accepted edTPA Teacher Performance Assessment to New York State Education Department.
Find a full list of requirements at the
edTPA portal. The department has already implemented the edTPA requirements for certification.
New York State requires teacher candidates to have completed the following seminars and passed the following tests:
NCE 600: Identifying and Reporting Child Abuse
NCE 601: Identification and Referral of Substance Abuse
NCE 602: Prevention and Identification of School Violence
NCE 604: Training in Harassment, Bullying & Discrimination Prevention and Intervention (DASA)
Educating All Students Test (EAS)
Content Specialty Test (CST)
Note: Non U.S.-residents can earn an initial certification (license). However, they must have an appropriate via in order to remain in this country and work upon completion of their studies. Prior to earning their professional certification (license), the non-resident alien must get a non-resident ‘green card’ or become a naturalized citizen.