TESOL Certification Pathway

The Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Certification Pathway: Additional Classroom Teaching Certificate courses are designed for teachers who hold a valid New York State Teaching Certificate, have a Master's Degree and wish to earn TESOL Certification without having to earn an additional degree. Teachers can take these courses for professional development without going for certification. Candidates for certification must meet certain Content Core and Pedagogical Core requirements and must also meet any non-coursework requirements, such as the New York State Teacher Certification Examinations and fingerprint clearance, as specified. Graduate courses are offered in the program to assist teachers in meeting most of the Content and Pedagogical Core course requirements.

The amount of courses that you may need can be confusing. This is what is known as an individual pathway to certification from NY State. NY State allows teachers to receive this certification through this pathway by just taking the requirements that they need. NY State will accept previous courses that you may have taken (both on the graduate and undergraduate level) towards the certification.  It has been our experience that most teachers who seek certification through this pathway have at least some of the requirements fulfilled through previous coursework. Therefore, the number of courses that each person may need will vary depending upon the number of courses that are accepted by NY State. Therefore, the only definitive answer about how many courses that you may need and which courses you should take must come from NY State by applying for certification.

Click here to see the requirements for the TESOL Individual Pathway along with the Molloy courses that are offered to meet some of those requirements. It is suggested that you look at the courses that you have taken in the past to see if any of those courses are similar to what is required by NYS. If any course that you've taken sounds similar, it is suggested that you hold off taking that course or courses until you receive the official notification from NYS.

To have a definitive answer as to how many courses you may need you must actually apply for certification by going to the following webpage: NYS Office of Teaching Initiatives  and access the TEACH Online System. Do this as soon as possible - even before you enroll in any courses! Please click here for directions on applying for certification.

Practicum, Field study or Student Teaching
Under this pathway you are not required to do a practicum, field study or student teaching. NYS does not require teachers who are NYS certified to complete student teaching again when they are applying for additional certification. 

Molloy TESOL Courses
The following Molloy graduate courses will be offered to meet some of the requirements of the Individual Pathway certification:
- EDU 5140, Teaching English Language Learners (fulfills 3 credits of the 6 credits required in: "Methods of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages")
- EDU 5252, Intro to Linguistics (fulfills 3 credit requirement in "Linguistics")
- EDU 5254, Structure and Application of American English (fulfills 3 credit requirement in "English Grammar")
- EDU 5062, Language and Literacy: Principles and Practices for Childhood Classrooms (Grades 1-6) (This new course replaces, EDU 5255; Interdisciplinary Teaching Methods and English Language Arts for PK-12 English Language Learners) (fulfills 3 credit requirement in "Teaching Literacy Skills Methods, only offered in the summer since most teachers have this in their background)
- EDU 5256, PK-12 TESOL Teaching Practice and Assessment (fulfills 3 credits of the 6 credits required in: "Methods of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages")

Please note that all of the courses are part of our graduate education master's degree program and the only difference in the coursework is that there are no requirements for field study or student teaching. NYS does not require teachers who are NYS certified to complete student teaching again when they are applying for additional certification.  The program is only open to teachers who are already NYS certified and have a master's degree.

Course Sequence
You must take EDU 5140 ("Methods of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages") first.  EDU 5252 (Linguistics) or EDU 5254 (English Grammar) can be taken be taken after EDU 5140. You can take EDU 5252 or EDU 5254 interchangeably but you must take EDU 5256 (2nd "Methods of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages") last after the other 3 courses have been completed. EDU 5062 (Literacy Skills), if you need it, and the Language other than English required courses can be taken at any time.  

Molloy Courses to Meet the Languages Other Than English Requirement
New York State also requires in the Content Core area that teachers have 12 credits in languages other than English (Foreign Language). Molloy offers undergraduate courses to meet the languages other than English requirement at the same discounted $900 per course rate. These courses are usually only offered in a traditional classroom format (no online and some hybrid schedules are offered). The courses can be found below in the "Schedule of Classes" section.

Hybrid and Online Course Formats
Most of the courses offered during the fall and spring semesters will be given in a hybrid format with 15 hours of in-class instruction, 15 hours of online work and additional assignments that will require teachers to use strategies and research concepts learned in class and online that would necessitate a minimum of an additional 15 hours to complete satisfactorily, for a total of 45 contact hours of instruction for each 3-credit course. The online portion of our courses is not taught in "real time", meaning students do not have to log in during the time of the classroom course. Therefore, you do not have to attend at a given time. You can log on at any time to take the course. However, there will be assignments that will be due at specific times. The fall and spring classes are typically offered in an accelerated format for 3 Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. - 2:05 p.m. with a few sessions conducted online in-between the 3 classroom sessions. However, we have also offered courses during the weekdays, typically from 5-8 p.m. for 5 weeknights. The fall schedule usually comes out in March and the spring schedule usually comes out in November.

All of the courses in the program are also offered in a totally online format. The online courses are not taught in "real time", meaning that you can login to take the course at any time.  Please see below for the online schedule of classes.

All of the courses, including the EDU 5062 (Literacy Skills) course, are offered during the summer.  The courses offered during the summer are either offered on an intensive two-week hybrid format or totally online format. The hybrid format consists of the first week of a course being in a face-to-face classroom setting from M-Th from 8:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. each day (except for courses starting the week of July 1. The second week the rest of the hybrid course will be offered completely online. The online portion of the course will not be conducted "live". Therefore, you can login to take the rest of the course at any time during that week, although there will be assignments that will be due at certain points in the course. The summer courses are offered during July and early August on our hybrid or totally online formats. The summer schedule usually comes out in January with registration beginning in March.

Tuition
Each course in the program is offered at $900 per 3-credit graduate course. This is a discounted tuition rate. Tuition is normally about $3,800 per 3-credit graduate course. The tuition is off-set by a professional development scholarship that is given to those teachers who already possess or are enrolled in a master's degree, possess a valid New York State Teaching Certificate and are not pursuing a master's degree with Molloy College. No other discounts are offered. Students and teachers who are pursuing a master's degree at Molloy College are not eligible to enroll in the TESOL Certification Pathway Cohort classes.

Transcript Evaluation
Please note: Your transcripts can only be evaluated online through the TEACH system, 518.474.3901. It is your responsibility to make sure that all requirements for certification have been met. Your local BOCES does not provide this certification evaluation.

Schedule, Locations, Online Option
The courses are offered on our Rockville Centre and Suffolk Center (East Farmingdale) campuses, as well as at various school districts on LI.

All of the graduate TESOL courses are offered either as totally online courses or as hybrid courses.  

The online course run for about 5-6 weeks and are not taught in "real time", meaning students do not have to attend at a given time. You can log on at any time to take the course. However, there will be assignments that will be due at specific times.  

Courses given in the hybrid format consist of 15 hours of in-class instruction, 15 hours of online work and additional assignments that will require teachers to use strategies and research concepts learned in class and online that would necessitate a minimum of an additional 15 hours to complete satisfactorily, for a total of 45 contact hours of instruction for each 3-credit course. The online portion of our courses is not taught in "real time", meaning students do not have to log in during the time of the classroom course. Therefore, you do not have to attend at a given time. You can log on at any time to take the course. However, there will be assignments that will be due at specific times. The fall and spring hybrid classes are typically offered in an accelerated format for 3 Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. - 2:05 p.m. with a few sessions conducted online in-between the 3 classroom sessions. However, we have also offered courses during the weekdays, typically from 5-8 p.m. for 5 weeknights.  The fall schedule usually comes out in late April and the spring schedule usually comes out in November.  

Fall 2019 Schedule of Classes

Please note: to find these courses in Lion's Den, Molloy's Registration System, click: https://lionsden.molloy.edu/ICS/Professional_Development/ for the Professional Development page and then on that page click, "Course Search" on the right-hand side of the page.

Rockville Centre Campus - 1000 Hempstead Ave., RVC, NY 11570.
-EDU 5140.03, Teaching English Language Learners, 3 Saturdays 9/7, 9/21 and 10/5 8:30 a.m. - 2:05 p.m. - Gloria Kramer
-EDU 5252.04, Introduction to Linguistics for TESOL Professionals, 3 Saturdays 9/7, 9/28 and 10/19 8:30 a.m. - 2:05 p.m. - Kelley Cordeiro
-EDU 5254.03, Structure and Application of American English, 3 Saturdays 9/21, 10/5, 10/26 8:30 a.m.- 2:05 p.m. - Consuelo Fusaro
-EDU 5256.04, PK-12 Teaching Practices and Assessment, 3 Saturdays 11/2, 11/23 and 12/7 8:30 a.m. - 2:05 p.m. - JudyAnn Hurst

 Suffolk Center - 7180 Republic Airport, E. Farmingdale, NY 11735
-EDU 5140.04, Teaching English Language Learners, 3 Saturdays 11/9, 11/23, and 12/14; 8:30 a.m. - 2:05 p.m. - Faith Tripp
-EDU 5252.05, Introduction to Linguistics for TESOL Professionals, 3 Saturdays 10/26, 11/16 and 12/14; 8:30 a.m. - 2:05 p.m. - Anita Ramirez
-EDU 5254.04, Structure and Application of American English, 3 Saturdays 11/16, 11/23 and 12/14; 8:30 a.m. - 2:05 p.m. - Consuelo Fusaro
-EDU 5256.03, PK-12 Teaching Practices and Assessment, 3 Saturdays 9/14, 9/28 and 10/19; 8:30 a.m. - 2:05 p.m. - Jimmy Kalamaras  

Online Courses

Please note we are expecting these online courses to closeout very quickly. If you intend to take the program courses only in the totally online format we suggest that you register for all of these courses together and as quickly as possible. 
-EDU 5140.01, Teaching English Language Learners, 9/4 -10/16 - Leah Leonard
-EDU 5140.02, Teaching English Language Learners, 9/16 -10/28 - Eileen Lockhart
-EDU 5252.03, Introduction to Linguistics for TESOL Professionals, 10/30 -12/11 - Kelly Cordeiro
-EDU 5254.05, Structure and Application of American English, 9/9 -10/21 - Leah Leonard
-EDU 5254.02, Structure and Application of American English, 10/23 -12/4 - Amy Ecklemann
-EDU 5256.02, PK-12 Teaching Practices and Assessment, 9/16 -10/28 - Carrie McDermott
-EDU 5256.05, PK-12 Teaching Practices and Assessment, 10/28 -12/9 - Jimmy Kalamaras 

Courses to meet the Language Other than English Requirement (Foreign Language)
Rockville Centre Campus - 1000 Hempstead Ave, RVC, NY 11570

-ASL 1010T.02, Begin ASL, TR 5:00 PM - 6:25 PM, 9/4/2019 - 12/17/2019
-ITA 1010T.03, Begin Italian I, MW 5:00 PM-6:25 PM, 9/4/2019 - 12/17/2019
-ITA 1020T.03, Begin Italian II, TR 5:00 PM-6:25 PM, 9/4/2019 - 12/17/2019
-SPA 1010T.03, Begin Spanish I,W 3:25 PM-4:50 PM, 9/4/2019 - 12/17/2019, Hybrid
-SPA 1010T.05, Begin Spanish I, MW 5:00 PM-6:25 PM, 9/4/2019 - 12/17/2019
-SPA 1010T.06, Begin Spanish I S 9:05 AM-11:55 AM, 9/4/2019 - 12/17/2019
-SPA 1020T.04, Begin Spanish II W 5:00 PM-6:25 PM, 9/4/2019 - 12/17/2019, Hybrid

Admission and Registration Procedure

Click here for the application/registration procedures. The program does not have traditional deadline dates because courses are offered throughout the year and they do not follow a semester schedule. There are no defined overall start and end dates for the program. Therefore, you can apply to the program at any time. The registration process is rather simple because you are not applying for a Molloy degree. There is an online application that you need to complete, but that is for information purposes only. Everyone is accepted as long as you are a NY certified teacher. There is no application fee and GREs are not required. If you are enrolling in the program for the first time, there is a combined application/registration form that you will complete online.  Once you register for the first time you will be sent an email within one to two business days with your username to login your student account to access the system for future registrations and to access Canvas, our online learning platform.

You should register at least a week before the course start date at the latest in order to register for the first time. After that you can register up until the day before the class, but then you run the risk that a course could be full- our courses do close.

All registrations for TESOL courses are conducted online.

Click here for the application/registration procedures. The online registration process differs if you are a continuing student or if you are a new student.

Payment for Courses:

Summer and Fall 2019
You will not be able to pay at the time of registration. Instead you will be billed and bills are generally sent out once a month in the middle of the month. However, you may login to your account 1 full business day after you register to pay for your course(s). Visit Lion's Den (Molloy's registration system) at: https://lionsden.molloy.edu/ICS/Professional_Development/ and use your Username and Password to login. Click on the 'My Finance' tab and then click on 'My Account Info' to view your statement and pay your bill online. Payment can be made using: MasterCard, Visa, Discover, or ACH check.

Visit Lion's Den (Molloy's registration system) at: https://lionsden.molloy.edu/ICS/Professional_Development/ and use your Username and Password to login. Click on the 'My Finance' tab and then click on 'My Account Info' to view your statement and pay your bill online. Payment can be made using: MasterCard, Visa, Discover, or ACH check.
If you have any questions, contact Alina R. Haitz by email at: ahaitz@molloy.edu or Shawn Gordon at 516.323.3115 or by e-mail smgordon@molloy.edu

Closed Courses
Once you have found the section of the course that you wish to take, just check the "Status" of the course to see that it is "open", if so, just click the box next to the course code to register and pay for the course. If the status is "closed" you will need to select another section. Please do not contact the instructor or administrator for permission to register for a closed section of a course. Permission will not be granted to enter a closed section of a course.

Absences/Makeups
Hybrid courses are offered in an accelerated, part classroom and part online format. The number of classroom sessions is generally between 3-5 sessions. Missing even one session in this format can be very detrimental. Therefore, it is imperative that teachers attend each classroom session.  If you know that you are not going to be able to attend one or more sessions prior to registering for a course, please select another section of the course. Please do not contact the faculty member teaching the course regarding a make-up for a known absence prior to the start date. Make-ups are not permitted.  

Online courses are also offered on an accelerated format. While you can login to take the course at any time, there will be assignments due at specific times. You must login by at least the first day of an online course. Late registrations, after an online course has already started, are not permitted.

Information Sessions - Online and In-Person
Information sessions for the program will be held both online and in-person on the following days and locations:

To RSVP please contact Alina R. Haitz at ahaitz@molloy.edu or at 516-323-3572.

Rockville Centre campus located at 1000 Hempstead Avenue, Rockville Centre, NY 11571 in Siena Hall, Room 107.

- Wednesday, August 21, 2019
One session will be held from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. and another session will be held from 4:30-5:30 p.m. It is not necessary to attend both sessions.  To RSVP to any session please contact Alina R. Haitz by email at: ahaitz@molloy.edu or 516-323-3572.

Suffolk Center campus located at 7180 Republic Airport, East Farmingdale, NY, 11735 in Room 105.
- Thursday, August 22, 2019
One session will be held from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. and another session will be held from 4:30-5:30 p.m. To RSVP contact Alina R. Haitz at 516-323-3572 or by email at ahaitz@molloy.edu.

Further Information

If you should need any further information, please contact Alina R. Haitz at 516.323.3572 (Hours Monday - Thursday 11 am - 7 pm and Fridays 9 am - 5 pm) or by email at:  ahaitz@molloy.edu or Shawn Gordon at 516.323.3115 or by e-mail smgordon@molloy.edu