ESL Alternate Route

DEGREE OFFERED

  • Non-Degree
  • Option: ESL Alternate Route

CAMPUS OPTIONS

Main Campus (Union, NJ)

APPLICATION DEADLINE

Fall:       June 1
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 and Cultural Backgrounds of ELL Students

3 credits

EMSE 5404

Historical & Cultural Backgrounds of Limited English Proficient Students

3 credits

       

Techniques of Teaching ELL Students

6 credits

EMSE 5420

Basic Theory & Practice of Teaching English as a Second Language

3 credits

EMSE 5810

Systematic Observation & Field Experience in Bilingual/Multicultural Schools

3 credits

 

Specialized Instructional Content of ESL

10 credits

ENG 5105

General Linguistics

3 credits

ENG 5130

Phonology and Structure of American English

3 credits

ENG 5120

Language Acquisition

3 credits

ENG 5159

Introduction to ESL Assessment (waived for those not seeking certification)

1 credits

TOTAL OF 19 CREDITS TO COMPLETE PROGRAM

 

 

FOR INFORMATION REGARDING APPLICATION

FOR PROGRAM DETAILS

grad-adm@kean.edu
908.737.7100
Please contact:

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

Updated 2/29/16