About the Program

Enrollment in all teacher education programs follows the guidelines for "Admission to Teacher Education Programs" found in this catalog. Applicants who do not yet meet all admissions criteria should consult with the department.

All teacher education programs include a clinical/field component. If you have been convicted of a felony, your criminal history record may impede your ability to complete this program and/or become a NYS certified teacher. Please review Buffalo State's Admission of Persons with Prior Felony Convictions Policy.

Completion of a Buffalo State Educator Preparation Program leads to a college recommendation for NYS Teacher Certification. Buffalo State cannot determine the acceptability of an Educator Preparation Program for licensure/certification in another U.S. state or territory. To access Buffalo State’s full Interstate Disclosure document, including a full list of education departments for other states, go to teachercertification.buffalostate.edu/teaching-other-states.

The certificate of advanced study is designed to provide the skills necessary to effectively address the needs of non-native speakers of English in American educational settings. The program allows practicing teachers to broaden their understanding of language acquisition processes, pedagogical concerns, and English language content. After successfully completing the program and completing all other state-mandated requirements candidates will receive a college recommendation for Initial Certification in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).

About the Exceptional Education Department

204 Ketchum Hall
1300 Elmwood Ave
Buffalo, NY 14222
Phone: (716) 878-3038
Fax: (716) 878-5410

Admission Requirements

1. Applicants must be working full time (100%) as one of the following:

English as a new language teacher in special education
Applicant must obtain a nomination and commitment by the district superintendent or preschool director stating that as a result of participating in and completing the ITI program she or he will be assigned to a full-time position as an ENL teacher or bilingual TSSLD from the position in which she or he is currently employed.

2. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (4.0 scale).

3. Certification in early childhood special education, childhood special education, adolescence special education, or speech-language pathology.

4. A master’s degree in special education
A master’s degree in speech-language pathology OR
Current enrollment in one of the special education graduate programs (i.e., early childhood, childhood, or adolescence) OR
Current enrollment in the speech-language pathology master’s program.

Additional Admission Requirements
1. A written statement describing the applicant’s philosophy of bilingual special education and relevant experiences in the field. This statement must adhere to standard written English.

2. Faculty review.

3. Completion of a special application (available from the department).

4. Evidence of a minimum of 12 credit hours at the higher education level in the study of a foreign language (NB: This requirement can be fulfilled during the program of study for the CAS.)

5. Evidence of English language proficiency for candidates whose native language is not English (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS, local proficiency exam, or bachelor’s degree from an English-speaking university).

Program Requirements

Required courses 18-21 credits
ESL 503 Foundations of Foreign And Second Language Education (3)
ESL 540 Second-Language Acquisition (3)
ESL 600 English As A Second Language Methods (3)
ESL 602 Assessment In Foreign And Second Language Education (3)
ESL 613 Content Area English As A Second Language Instruction (3)
ESL 500 Practicum In Education (3-6)