Advanced Preparation Programs

The advanced teacher preparation programs include Adolescence Education, Literacy Education, Special Education and TESOL MSED and CR ITI programs.

What to know before you apply

Pre-requisites


Adolescence Education (MSEd)

Coursework
  • None
Certification
  • Must possess initial certification or eligible for initial certification in the discipline

Literacy Education (MSEd)

Coursework
  • None
Certification
  • Must possess initial certification or eligible for initial certification in early childhood education, childhood education, special education, speech/language, ESL or a grade 7-12 academic subject

Special Education (MSEd)

Coursework
  • Evidence of successful completion of an introductory course in special education (SPED 501, SPED 500 or the equivalent)
  • For Adolescence Special Education students only: at least six credit hours in each of the following:
    • Mathematics
    • English/Language Arts
    • Science
    • Social Studies
Certification
  • Must possess initial certification or eligible for initial certification in early childhood education, childhood education or adolescence education

TESOL (MSEd, Advanced Certificate TESOL, and Advanced Certificate TESOL: CR ITI)

Coursework
  • At least 12 college-level credit hours in a foreign language
Certification
  • Applicants to the Advanced Certificate in TESOL must possess initial certification or eligibility for initial certification.
  • Applicants to the Advanced Certificate in TESOL: CR ITI must possess initial certification or eligibility for initial certification in early childhood, elementary or childhood, middle childhood, secondary or adolescent education, literacy or special education.

Applicants to the advanced preparation programs must submit all of the following materials:

  1. Graduate School online application for either the MSEd or Certificate of Advanced Studies.
  2. Official transcripts for all college study. Applicants should have a cumulative undergraduate grade point average of at least a B (3.0 on a 4.0 scale).  For GPAs of less than 3.0 an interview will be offered.
  3. At least two letters of recommendation from individuals who supervise you, such as a college instructor or supervisor or school administrator or department chair, who can attest to your competence as a teacher and/or your potential to successfully complete graduate study.
  4. Resume, to include current employment, previous professional education experience (including student teaching), volunteer work and other experiences with children and youth.
  5. Copy of NYS Teacher Certification, TEACH file or TEACH reference number. This is required for advanced programs. A program may accept a teaching certificate from another state, but that does not guarantee that NYS will recognize it, or that our programs fulfill teacher certification requirements in other states.
  6. Personal statement. Please note: this statement requires foci differ from the generic Graduate School personal statement instructions. This is an important part of the application. Be as specific as possible, including examples where appropriate.
Personal Statement

Dispositions are the values, commitments, and professional ethics that influence an individual's behavior towards students, families, colleagues, and communities. An individual's dispositions affect their opinion of student learning, motivation, and development, as well as an individual's professional growth.

Collectively, faculty members from the Department of Teaching, Learning, and Educational Leadership identified the Professional Dispositions they see as essential to the development of an effective educator or educational leader. These Professional Dispositions include a readiness to:

  1. Demonstrate a commitment to learning and diversity;
  2. Build rapport and serve as a strong role model to peers, colleagues, and learners;
  3. Display effective communication skills (oral and written) in all settings; and
  4. Demonstrate professional competence and conduct.

For the personal statement, describe how one or more of these professional dispositions has (a) influenced your decision to become a teacher and/or (b) will contribute to your effectiveness as a teacher. Please approach this by telling a story about an incident or event in your life that illustrates that particular characteristic.

The personal statement you provide will be evaluated by faculty and staff members on the basis of how well you address the prompt and your skill at organizing, developing, and conveying, in standard written English, an event or story that illustrates how you have demonstrated (or perhaps observed) the characteristic in your life.

Please make sure your response directly addresses the prompt. Personal statements should be 500-750 words (approximately 2-3 pages, double-spaced, Times New Roman font, size 12, 1" margins). Personal statements must be uploaded directly into the Binghamton University application system and are not mailed or emailed to a faculty or staff member.

Inquiries

If you are interested in applying to one of our programs, the application process or a  transcript review, please reach out to a member of TLEL's Admissions Team by contacting tlel@binghamton.edu.