Non-Certification Programs

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TESOL (MA)

Our non-certification TESOL (MA) program enables graduates to teach in English as a Second Language (ESL) programs on college campuses or in other English programs across the globe. This track is also suitable for international students who wish to be involved in English education around the world, such as ESL programs in higher education or other intensive English programs.

Prerequisites:

Coursework: None
Certification: None
International Students:
Review additional application requirements for international students.

Applicants to the TESOL (MA) program must submit all of the following materials:
  1. Graduate School online application or certificate application (TESOL CR ITI)
  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)
  3. At least two letters of recommendation from individuals who supervise you, such as a faculty advisor, course instructor, or employer, who can attest to your competence as a teacher and 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. Personal Statement: an essay of 4-5 pages or 1,000 words that addresses these four topics:
    1. Why you choose teaching as a vocation
    2. The values and concerns you bring to the study of education, and more specifically, to the field of education for which you are applying
    3. Your educational and professional goals
    4. What you hope to contribute to your chosen field of education

Please note: This personal statement requires foci different 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.

Accelerated/4+1 Degrees

If you are interested in applying to the BS in Human Development/ MA in TESOL program, please reach out to a member of TLEL's Admissions Team by contacting tlel@binghamton.edu.


Educational Studies (MS)

This program is designed for teachers with an initial certification who are interested in professional certification in content areas such as music, art, health, etc.  Please note that admission into this program is pending approval of a course sequence in an associated department(s).

Applicants to the Educational Studies (MS) program must submit all of the following materials:
  1. Graduate School online application

  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)

  3. At least two letters of recommendation from individuals who supervise you, such as a faculty advisor, course instructor, or employer, who can attest to your academic abilities and your potential to successfully complete graduate study, especially researching and writing academic papers. It's best if it comes from a professor of a recent course or from an academic advisor who has taught you and graded your work.

  4. Resume, to include current employment, previous professional education experience (including student teaching), volunteer work and other experiences with children and youth

  5. Personal statement: an essay of 4-5 double-spaced pages or 1,000 words that describes:

  • Why you are interested in the MS in Educational Studies program.
  • Your professional goals, including what you hope to contribute to the field of education.
  • An issue or topic you might like to research for your culminating master's paper/project (a couple of paragraphs).

The essay is important in judging a student’s suitability for the program. It helps us match qualified applicants with full-time faculty members as advisors, a key part of the admission process.

Please note: This personal statement requires foci different 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.

Accelerated/4+1 Degrees

If you are interested in applying to the BS in Human Development/ MS in Educational Studies program, please reach out to a member of TLEL's Admissions Team by contacting tlel@binghamton.edu.

Inquiries

For more information regarding the application process, contact tlel@binghamton.edu.