21st century school districts need skilled and compassionate educators capable of working with culturally and linguistically diverse students. The School of Education at SUNY New Paltz is a state-wide leader in preparing English as a New Language (ENL) teachers for the challenges and rewards of working with this growing group of students in schools.
Options for Current and Aspiring Teachers
A comprehensive 36-credit program is available for teacher candidates in Second Language Education who are not yet certified as ESOL teachers in the State of New York. The College also runs the Intensive Teacher Institute, which offers a clinically-rich, 15-credit curriculum specifically for alreadycertified teachers who want to add a powerful new credential in English as a New Language instruction to their résumés.
Newly Redesigned for Fieldwork and Flexibility
The Second Language Education program has been streamlined to follow the state’s lead in making hands-on fieldwork learning central to every student’s experience. Student teaching is complemented by a modified practicum, designed to support students pursuing professional certification and offering a unique opportunity to work with faculty in conducting original research.
Faculty who Help Define the Discipline
SUNY New Paltz faculty are actively engaged in the evolution of practice in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). They have served on New York State committees tasked with developing and implementing new English language proficiency standards, and as leaders of professional organizations that are at the vanguard of this rapidly-growing area of teaching and learning.
A World of Opportunity
The need for ENL teachers in the United States, and in the Hudson Valley, has never been greater. A Master’s degree in Second Language Education can also be a great launching pad to rewarding careers working with students all around the globe. Many New Paltz alumni have found rewarding opportunities teaching internationally in communities where demand for English language instruction is high.
Beth Clark-Gareca, Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator
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Alana Matuszewski, Director of Graduate Admission
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