by Jessica Bialkowski on December 10, 2014

So many of you may be reading this and trying to discern what “TESOL” might mean. Well I had the same question when I was first thinking about TESOL as a graduate program.

“TESOL” stands for “Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages,” so my ultimate goal someday is to become an ESL teacher. One of the newest master's programs in the College of Education and Counseling, TESOL is a 37-credit-hour program (if you already have your initial teacher certification), or 46 credit hours for students who don’t have initial New York state teacher certification.

With the population of ESL students in America’s classrooms growing at a rapid rate, now more than ever, there is such a high need for ESL teachers willing to commit to their students and the school to provide a top-notch education for all ESL students entering the schools.

One of the best parts about Niagara’s TESOL program is that it allows for over 600 hours of field experience in kindergarten to 12th grade ESL classrooms in the area to fully allow its students to gain the necessary experience! In addition, the program is considered to be “hybrid,” which means all of the TESOL content classes during a semester are held in class half the time and online the other half, which allows for great flexibility for busy students, teachers and parents wanting to obtain their degree in TESOL!

So why should you choose the College of Education & Counseling at Niagara?

  • Well, we’re nationally accredited by CAEP (formally NCATE), extensive practical field experience (like I mentioned above!).
  • State-of-the-art education building (the Academic Complex) with cutting-edge instructional technology.
  • Small class sizes means personal attention from highly qualified and dedicated professors that know you by name and are willing to go the extra mile to make sure you succeed.
  • Courses are offered in a convenient, flexible and online format with three education master's programs offered completely online (special education grades 1-6, special education grades 7-12, and developmental disabilities).
  • Last but not least, the outstanding placement reputation that the college offers its graduates.