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TESOL Certification (Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages)

The TESOL teacher certification program at Seton Hall University provides individuals with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to serve English Language Learners (ELLs) in K-12 academic settings. The program consists of 15 semester credits offered in a hybrid format (in-person/on-line) for maximum convenience. The program sequence is an ideal pathway to an additional instructional certificate for practicing teachers. For those who do not hold a standard or provisional NJ instructional certificate, they may pursue the ESL 15-credit sequence as part of the Seton Hall CEAS program.

Program Strengths:

  • An efficient, 15-credit pathway for NJ classroom teachers to an additional endorsement in K-12 ESL. 
  • Unique scheduling solutions ideal for classroom teachers: Weekend-intensive class sessions combined with online assignments/readings. 
  • A promotional tuition rate maximizing program value. 
  • Personalized advisement that allows students to move through the program at their preferred pace. 
  • Field placement opportunities of 40 hours in K-12 ESL/Bilingual settings. 
  • Opportunities to attain The TESOL Servant Leadership Distinction Award, a reflection of the University mission. 
  • Program-final TESOL Praxis testing requirement that distinguishes Seton Hall students at the national level. 
  • Initial steps toward a graduate degree: Combine the TESOL program track with EDST graduate programs in Instructional Design or in Special Education.

Admission Requirements: 

  • Official transcripts of all previous postsecondary coursework showing at least a completed bachelor’s degree at a GPA of 3.0 or higher. 
  • A completed graduate admissions application. 
  • Written statement of purpose. 
  • CV/Resume
  • Proof of NJ teacher standard/provisional certification (if applicable)

ESL in NJ by the numbers

  • 15 years ESL designated a teacher shortage area
  • 6.5% of NJ K-12 student population are EL students
  • 165 different languages spoken by EL students in NJ
Gabriela Redhead
Jubilee Hall

"The students enrolled in the program are taught cutting edge strategies of ESL instruction. The classes provide a rich forum for thinking, learning, applying, and analyzing ESL content. We are always discussing our ESL learners -- their needs and challenges in education -- and how we, as teachers, can help them progress."

Diana C. Sefchik (MAT, MA)
Adjunct Professor


The TESOL certificate program consists of 15 semester credits offered in online/in-person hybrid format. The courses provide individuals the knowledge and practical experience needed for a successful career in K-12 ESL settings.

EDST 6504 Applied Linguistics
EDST 6505: TESL I: Theory and Practice of Teaching ESL
EDST 6506: TESL II: Theory and Practice of Teaching ESL
EDST 6507: Second Language Assessment
EDST 6560: Historical and Cultural Background of ELLs

Faculty Listing

The faculty in the College of Education and Human Services are expert researchers and practitioners in teacher and leader preparation as well as professional psychology and family therapy. Many are actively engaged with schools and community agencies, modeling best practices to their students in the university classroom and in the field. Collaboration within departments and across is encouraged with the recognition that supporting and improving the lives of children, families and communities is a complex process.

Bryan Meadows 222
Bryan Meadows
Assistant Professor
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The College of Education and Human Services is dedicated to ensuring that its professional preparation programs are based on essential knowledge, evolving technology, research findings, and reflective practice. Each program is committed to developing collaborative relationships and cooperative efforts with schools, agencies, and institutions so that its efforts remain linked to the world of practice and research, and meet the needs of communities. The College is nationally accredited by three professional associations: APA, COAMFTE, and CAEP.

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Bryan Meadows, Ph.D.
Program Director
(973) 275-2539
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