Seton Hall's TESOL graduate certificate program enters the 2019-2020 academic year with a series of new initiatives. The TESOL program (Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages) prepares current and future classroom teachers with the knowledge and skills they need to teach English to individuals learning English as an additional language. The program provides NJ state-certified K-12 teachers with the university coursework leading to an additional teaching endorsement in K-12 English as a Second Language (ESL).
The new initiatives elevate the visibility of the TESOL program in a competitive state-wide market. One initiative is a new field placement component which places program students in ESL/Bilingual classroom settings for a total of 40 hours over two semesters. Over the course of the placement, TESOL students are mentored by an expert ESL/Bilingual teacher who gradually guides them from observing lessons to teaching them. Field placements are with Essex county public school districts near the Seton Hall South Orange campus. A second initiative is a program-final TESOL Praxis testing requirement. The TESOL Praxis exam is a nationally recognized test that assesses teacher knowledge and skills to lead ESL classroom instruction. In successfully completing the exam, TESOL program students are able to distinguish themselves on the job market locally and nationally. Additionally, the Praxis exam requirement further underscores the excellence of the TESOL program design. A third initiative is to institute an annual TESOL Servant Leadership Award. Open to both TESOL program students and alumni, the award recognizes educators who personify the principles of servant leadership. This annual award directly supports the Catholic mission of our university. Each spring, awardees are recognized at a special evening event on campus.