TESOL Advanced Certificate – With Prior TESOL or Linguistics MA


Program Overview

This post-masters, advanced certificate program will prepare you to teach students — either children or adolescents for whom English is a second language. In the program, you will study the skills necessary for teaching English to speakers of other languages by studying specialized methods and techniques that differ from those used by teachers of English to native speakers.

Coursework and Clinical Experiences

Courses are offered in the afternoon and evening. Some courses may be available in an online or hybrid format. Select courses have required hours of classroom experience (fieldwork) in a New York City public school. Students also participate in supervised teaching (student teaching and/or practicum) as the culmination of their course of study. Student teaching and/or practicum requires five full days per week for at two semesters.


15 to 27 credits


ESOL PreK-12

Admission and Eligibility Requirements

This program is designed for applicants who have an advanced degree in TESOL and Linguistics.

  • A master’s degree or doctoral degree from an accredited institution in TESOL, Linguistics, or Applied Linguistics, including specific coursework (of at least 3 credits each) in TESOL Methodology, Introduction to Linguistics, Analysis and Structure of English, Theories of Second Language Acquisition, and Sociolinguistics or Pragmatics
  • Undergraduate Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 3.0 from an accredited bachelor’s degree program; or a graduate Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 3.5 from an accredited master’s or doctoral degree program in TESOL, Applied Linguistics, or Linguistics
  • A liberal arts or sciences major of at least 30 credits
  • 12 credits in a world language other than English documented on a transcript or equivalent credits on a standardized proficiency test such as the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) or the NYU Proficiency Test in Foreign Language; 6 credits in English, 6 credits in social studies (to include at least one course in U.S. history or U.S. geography); 3 credits in the arts; and 12 credits in math, science and technology (a college course in calculus satisfies 6 credits of this requirement)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A statement of purpose – Please describe your purpose and objectives in undertaking graduate study in the field of TESOL.  Indicate how your talents, skills, and experiences might contribute to the Hunter School of Education community and mission. You may include: diverse cultural experiences, family background, extracurricular activities, accomplishments, career goals, life and work experiences, obstacles you have overcome, or special talents.  Explain why the TESOL program is a good fit for your goals.
  • An official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score report (Waived for Spring 2024 and Fall 2024 applicants)
  • An on-site oral interview and an on-site writing sample may be required

To Apply

Applications are accepted each Fall and Spring semester.

To start your application, visit the Hunter College Online Application.

When applying to this program, under Program of Study, select School of Education – Other Programs and Post Master’s Cert in T.E.S.O.L. (Grades PreK-12).

Application Deadlines

Fall Start

  • March 15 (Priority Deadline)
  • June 1 (Extended Deadline)

Spring Start

  • October 15 (Priority Deadline)
  • November 1 (Extended Deadline)

Visit How to Apply for information about deadline extensions.

Related Programs

If you do not have a master’s degree in TESOL or Linguistics, consider our other programs in TESOL.

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