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TESOL and Bilingual Education Frequently Asked Questions:

  • What is the meaning of the acronyms TESOL and LOTE?
    • TESOL stands for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.
    • LOTE stands for Languages Other Than English
  • What makes Hofstra’s TESOL/bilingual program special?
    Hofstra TESOL/bilingual programs combine a grounding in cutting edge language theory with a strong emphasis on developing novice teachers’ instructional expertise.
  • What is the ratio of the international and American-born students?
    International students make approximately 25% of the studentbody.
  • How long does it take to complete the programs?
    Students take the average of two years to complete their master’s studies and the average of two semesters to complete their advanced certificate programs.
  • When do classes meet?
    To accommodate the needs of those students who hold day-time jobs, classes meet almost exclusively at 4:30pm or 6:30 pm.
  • Am I going to get any assistance with the job search?
    Hofstra’s TESOL/bilingual students are guided and supported at all stages of job their search, beginning with  the development of the application packet and ending with the preparation of the demo lesson. 
  • How do students network to find employment post graduation?
    Most students find that their student teaching placements allow for firm professional connections to be made.  The Office of Field Placement offers substantial resources for students as they begin student teaching, so that they are prepared to treat this experience as a long-term interview for employment post-graduation.  Hofstra also boasts a great number of alumni teaching in the area, who are well aware of the quality preparation Hofstra students have received.
  • Is there a deadline for admission?
    Applications for graduate studies are accepted on a rolling basis, and students may visit the Office of Graduate Admissions for further information on the online system.  
  • Are there scholarships available?
    • Each department within the School of Education has funds to distribute in the form of merit-based aid.  Graduate student applicants are considered for awards based on their graduate applications.  All students are encouraged to meet with representatives in the Office of Student Financial Services to learn more about resources to finance their degrees. 
    • In addition to program specific awards, applicants interested in teaching in high-needs areas are encouraged to apply for the Hagedorn Fellowship award.  Visit the School of Education Scholarships page for more information. 

For more helpful FAQs regarding graduate studies, please visit the Graduate Admissions FAQ page.