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2008-2009 Graduate Catalog 
2008-2009 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

TESOL for International Educators

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Department of Language, Literacy, and Technology

To have another language is to possess a second soul. Czech Proverb

The TESOL for International Educators (ITSL) Program is a 30-credit hour program leading to a Master of Science in Education Degree in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) which can be completed in one year of full time study (part-time study option also available). It is intended for the student who wishes to learn to teach English language learners abroad, or who wishes to teach outside the public school venue in the United States. International students are particularly encouraged to apply. This program does not lead to New York State teacher certification.

The program provides students a balanced learning opportunity. Half of the courses are specific to the ITSL cohort which provides a smaller, more supportive learning environment, especially suitable for international students visiting the U.S. The remaining courses provide opportunities for ITSL students to attend a range of classes with other Nazareth College graduate students. Program participants get the best of both worlds.

The ITSL program’s curriculum is guided by a multi-faceted understanding of language instruction. Overarching themes include the importance of understanding language and linguistics, language acquisition theories, and the implication of culture; while developing a wide ranging repertoire of pedagogical skills, including the infusion of aspects of technology. Students are provided opportunities to observe local language teachers, refine their teaching and presentation techniques, and employ their skills in a supervised internship.

Admissions Criteria

  1. Completed application.
  2. Completion of a baccalaureate program at an accredited institution with a cumulative index of 3.0 and a B average in the major field. An applicant who does not meet these grade point average expectations must address them in his/her personal statement; please see the Personal Statement section of the admissions application form for further information.
  3. Official transcripts from all institutions attended.
  4. Two letters of recommendation.
  5. Completion of the personal-professional statement as described on the application form.
  6. Interview - the International TESOL program director will directly contact an applicant following review of his or her application materials to arrange an interview.
  7. Application fee.

Additional Requirements for International Applicants

1. English Language Proficiency: Applicants whose native language is not English applying from a foreign educational institution are required to demonstrate English proficiency by one of the following methods.

    • 575 on the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL); or
    • 85 on the Internet-based TOEFL (a minimum of 25 on the speaking portion is required); or
    • 6.5 on the English Language Testing System (IELTS)


Results of the test must be forwarded directly to Nazareth College. Applicants with lower English proficiency may be admitted on a provisional basis by enrolling in Nazareth’s American Language Institute for an intensive English program. For more information on language testing:

2. Official documents in languages other than English must include certified English translation through World Education Services (WES) http://www.wes.org


3. Documentation of financial support by sending bank statements certifying available assets and completion of a Declaration of Finances form. http://www.naz.edu/dept/cie/docs/decfinance_undergrad.pdf. The student must demonstrate a level of support not only for tuition and board, but also for actual living expenses, pocket money, books, etc.

Program Director:
Rui Cheng
(585) 389-2592


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