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Advanced Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Learning a new language can be exciting, but imagine being a student in a classroom where everyone is speaking an unfamiliar language. A growing number of students in our local schools face this challenge every day.

LIU Riverhead offers the Advanced Certificate program in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL, K-12).  This mostly online program is designed to accommodate the scheduling needs of Suffolk County teachers. The Advanced Certificate program prepares you to help children in all grades overcome language barriers and learn how to speak the English language effectively. You will also develop a greater awareness of the special needs of children in multilingual/multicultural school districts.

The 22-credit Advanced Certificate in TESOL, K-12 is for students who already have teaching certification in another area. The program leads to eligibility for initial and professional NYS Certification in TESOL, preparing students to teach English to speakers of other languages in K through 12 classrooms.

In order to meet the New York State Education Department's licensing requirements, students must have taken, as part of their general education course work, 12 semester hours or the equivalent of study of a language other than English. If this requirement is not met on admission to the program, it can be met concurrent to the student's completing program requirements.