School of Education

TESOL & Bilingual Education

Teaching English as a Second Language and Languages Other Than English Programs

Hofstra's TESOL programs are renowned for:

  • Programmatic options geared to the needs of students of various educational and ethnic backgrounds;

  • Diverse student body with candidates hailing from China, Central Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East;

  • Promoting ENL proficiency while fostering learners’ proficiency in world languages as well as familiarity with heritage languages; 

  • Individual attention to students' academic needs;

  • Support of graduates' employment efforts;

  • Convenient location on Long Island, in close proximity to New York City

Questions? Contact Tatiana Gordon, Program Director

TESOL Programs

Courses in this Master of Science in Education program lead toward New York State initial teacher certification for teaching English as a Second Language. The program is designed to blend on-campus preparation with field experiences in a variety of school settings, culminating in full-time student teaching. Literacy education, multicultural education, meeting the needs of learners with exceptionalities and the use of technology are integrated throughout all aspects of the program. The program conforms with the National TESOL Standards and the requirements of the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards. More information

Courses in this program lead toward New York state initial teacher certification for teaching English as a Second Language (PreK-12). This program is intended for teachers who hold a master's or higher degree in education as well as New York state certification in an area other than TESOL. The program is designed to blend on-campus preparation with field experience in a variety of school settings, culminating in full-time practicum. Literacy education, multicultural education, meeting the needs of learners with exceptionalities and the use of technology are integrated throughout all aspects of the program. The program conforms with the National TESOL Standards and the requirements of the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards. More information

This program leads to New York state initial/professional teacher certification in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). This program is intended for teachers who hold a New York state certification in an area other than TESOL. The MA with a STEM specialization is designed specifically for educators who seek the skills, knowledge, and dispositions to integrate the teaching of the STEM curriculum to all students, but especially to students of diverse language backgrounds. Both educational technology and design technology are applied to the study of elementary science and mathematics to further the development of meaningful understanding in these areas. Integration of these areas occurs within a broader understanding of the way in which society both reflects and shapes curriculum and pedagogy in schools. More information

The Master of Arts in Languages Other Than English (LOTE) and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) is a 37-credit program intended primarily for international students who wish to become teachers of Languages Other Than English (LOTE) and Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). The program is designed to blend on-campus preparation with field experiences in a variety of settings. Literacy education, multicultural education, meeting the needs of learners with exceptionalities, and the use of technology are integrated throughout all aspects of the program. This program does not lead to New York state certification. More information

Courses in this program lead toward the following two New York state teaching initial certificates: Languages Other Than English (LOTE) in Grades 7-12 and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) in Grades PreK-12. The program is designed to blend on-campus preparation with field experiences in a variety of school settings, culminating in full-time student teaching. Literacy education, multicultural education, meeting the needs of learners with exceptionalities, and the use of technology are integrated throughout all aspects of the program.

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This dual certification program will prepare students to meet the educational requirements for certification in both students with disabilities (Grades 1-6) and teaching English as a second language (all grades). The degree provides students with the opportunity to participate in classes that focus on the most current understandings of special education and TESOL pedagogical practices. This program consists of a sequence of core courses and experiences for teaching students across the full range of disabilities and special health care needs leading to:

  • New York state initial/professional certification as a special education teacher at the childhood developmental level.

  • New York state initial/professional certification for teaching English as a second language (all grades).

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Bilingual Education Programs

Courses in this program lead toward a New York State teaching certificate extension for bilingual education. The program is designed for teachers who hold New York State certification in early childhood education, childhood education, middle childhood education, special subjects, or career and technical education and wish to earn a certification extension for bilingual education. The program is designed to blend on-campus preparation with field experiences in the school settings specific to the foci of students’ base teaching certificates. Literacy education, multicultural education, and the use of technology are integrated throughout all aspects of the program. The program conforms with the requirements of the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards and is registered with the New York State Education Department. More information

Courses in this program lead toward New York state initial teacher certification for teaching English as a Second Language at the preschool, elementary, middle or secondary levels. This program is intended for teachers who hold a master’s or higher degree in education as well as New York state certification in an area other than TESOL. The program is designed to blend on-campus preparation with field experience in a variety of school settings, culminating in full-time practicum. Literacy education, multicultural education, meeting the needs of learners with exceptionalities and the use of technology are integrated throughout all aspects of the program. The program conforms with the National TESOL Standards and the requirements of the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards. More information

Meet the Director

Dr. Tatiana Gordon has taught English to speakers of other languages in America, Asia and Europe. She earned a number of awards for excellence in teaching, including the 1997 Fulbright Memorial Scholarship. 

Professor Gordon has published articles and has given media presentations on immigration studies, linguistics and TESOL methodology. Her book Teaching Young Children a Second Language covers questions of interest to the TESOL educator: Why do immigrant children leave their home countries and what are their journeys to the US like? How do young immigrants adjust to American culture? How do they learn English? What instructional strategies are effective in teaching immigrant students? Most recently, Professor Gordon published The Educator's Guide to Linguistics. This textbook is concerned with linking linguistic theory to classroom practice.

Professor Gordon is interested in fostering learners’ ENL proficiency while maintaining their national and heritage languages. She served on a committee charged with developing national standards for the ESL teacher preparation.

Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT DO TESOL AND LOTE STAND FOR?
TESOL and LOTE are acronyms for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages and Languages Other Than English.
WHAT CAREERS ARE AVAILABLE TO HOFSTRA LOTE/TESOL/BILINGUAL EDUCATION PROGRAM GRADUATES?
Our graduates hold jobs as
  • language teachers;
  • college-level instructors;
  • language program administrators;
  • language school directors;
  • materials and curricula developers; and
  • interpreters and translators.
WHAT SPECIAL FEATURES DO HOFSTRA'S TESOL AND BILINGUAL PROGRAMS HAVE?
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 PERCENTAGE OF INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS ON HOFSTRA'S CAMPUS?
According to student characteristics for Fall 2019, international students made up 6% of the total student population (5% of the undergraduate and 10% of the graduate student body). See Hofstra at a Glance for the most up to date figures.
WHERE DO HOFSTRA INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS COME FROM?
Approximately 80 countries are represented on the Hofstra campus, including Bosnia, China, Kazakhstan, Italy, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.
ARE THERE PROGRAMMATIC OPTIONS THAT MEET THE NEEDS OF INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS?
The MSEd, and MA dual World Languages/TESOL programs prepare education students to teach their first language as well as English.
HOW LONG DOES IT TYPICALLY TAKE TO COMPLETE THESE PROGRAMS?
Students take an average of two years to complete master’s studies and an average of two semesters to complete advanced certificate programs.
WHEN DO CLASSES MEET?
To accommodate the needs of students who hold day-time jobs, classes meet almost exclusively at 4:30 p.m. or 6:30 p.m. To accommodate the needs of international students, a number of classes meet online.
WILL I RECEIVE CAREER ADVISEMENT AND ASSISTANCE WITH MY 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?
Most students find that their student teaching placements lead to important professional connections. 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 strong alumni network that helps our aspiring educators because they know the quality preparation our students receive.
IS THERE A DEADLINE FOR ADMISSION?
Applications for graduate studies are accepted on a rolling basis, and students may visit the Office of Graduate Admission for further information on the online system.
ARE 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.

Visit the School of Education Scholarships page for more information.

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Tatiana Gordon, EdD  
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Office of Graduate Admission

Applications are received on a rolling basis for summer, fall and spring enrollment.  All applications are to be submitted online through the Office of Graduate Admission.  For more information on applying for graduate studies at Hofstra, please contact:

Office of Graduate Admission
Phone: 516-463-4723
Email: graduateadmission@hofstra.edu
Apply online at hofstra.edu/gradapply.