ESL Alternate Route

DEGREE OFFERED

  • Non-Degree
  • Option: ESL Alternate Route

CAMPUS OPTIONS

Main Campus (Union, NJ)

APPLICATION DEADLINE

Fall:       June 30
Spring:  December 1

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The Kean University Alternate Route program for Teaching English as a Second Language enables candidates to be employed as ESL teachers while they are completing their training in the subject matter of ESL. In order to enter the Alternate Route in ESL, candidates must first obtain a Certificate of Eligibility (CE) from the State. They must then secure a teaching position in a school district. The district is then responsible for providing candidates with the appropriate mentoring and pedagogical training, and for recommending them to the State for certification when they have completed all requirements, including an approved university program.

This program provides to those who hold a CE in ESL the specialized content to complete an Alternate Route certification in ESL. Those who successfully complete all requirements may request a Letter of Completion from Kean, which can be presented by a school district on behalf of a candidate to the State in partial fulfillment of the requirements for ESL certification through the Alternate Route. Kean is not responsible for recommending these students to the State for certification.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

In addition to the University’s admissions requirements:

  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university
  • Letter of employment from a school district indicating participation in an Alternate Route program
  • Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0*
  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended
  • Certificate of Eligibility in ESL
  • Personal statement
  • Professional Resume/CV
  • Departmental interview  may be required
  • Writing sample of approximately one hour (to be completed at interview)
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores (for applicants who have been educated abroad and whose native language is not English). Exceptions can be made for students who have completed at least 6 credits of college level English courses from a U.S. institution, or who have submitted SAT or ACT exam scores.

*Candidates who believe their record warrants further review should reach out to the program coordinator to discuss their candidacy.

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

  • One course (3 credits) in a foreign language at the undergraduate or graduate level
  • Two semester advanced seminar course
  • Passing score on state-mandated tests of oral and written English proficiency. Call 908-737-3909 or email TESL@kean.edu for information

Historical, Linguistic and Cultural Backgrounds
 15 credits

ENG 5105  General Linguistics 3 credits
ENG 5130 Seminar in Phonology and Structure of American English 3 credits
TESL 5300 Teaching Academic English Across the Content Areas for L2 Learners 3 credits
TESL 5420 Culture, Cognition & Communication for English Language Learners 3 credits
TESL 5435 Language Acquisition and Second Language Learning 3 credits

       

Techniques of Teaching ESL/EFL Students

9 credits

TESL 5440

Methods for Teaching and Assessing English Language Learners

3 credits

TESL 5500

Language, Learning and Technology

3 credits

TESL 5820 Systematic Observation & Field Experience in ESL/EFL Settings 3 credits

TOTAL OF 24 CREDITS TO COMPLETE PROGRAM

 

 

FOR INFORMATION REGARDING APPLICATION

FOR PROGRAM DETAILS

gradadmissions@kean.edu
908.737.7100
Please contact:

DR. MICHAEL SEARSON
Hutchinson Hall, J-305
t: 908-737-0550
e: msearson@kean.edu

Updated 11/26/17