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Teach in English language programs in schools and institutions across the United States and around the world

Located in the Southern Tier of New York State, Binghamton University is one of four university centers in the State University of New York (SUNY) system. Students from across the United States and from 117 countries come to Binghamton to study in a collaborative, innovative, and rigorous academic culture that includes interdisciplinary education with a global perspective and a robust research program. The College of Community and Public Affairs offers Master of Arts (MA) and Master of Science in Education (MSEd) programs in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). These programs provide students with the rigorous education and training to obtain rewarding positions in business and education.

The MA in TESOL prepares students for teaching positions in English as a Second Language (ESL) programs at colleges and in other English programs around the world. The MSEd in TESOL is designed for professionals who have New York State teacher certification and want to teach English Language Learners (ELLs) in kindergarten through grade 12.

Both programs require 32 credits of coursework and include a practicum and a thesis or capstone project. They immerse students in theoretical and practical methods and knowledge areas for teaching English as a second language, including effective ESL pedagogies, ELL history, language acquisition, and literacy development. Each program can be completed in three semesters of full-time study.

Prepare for a range of employment opportunities in English language education in the public, private, and non-profit sectors

A Pew Research Center report (2015) stated that immigrants and their descendants will fuel population growth in the United States over the next 50 years. This increase in population is expected to prompt a corresponding increase in demand for educators prepared to assist others as they learn English or improve English their skills. Furthermore, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts employment of adult literacy and high school equivalency diploma teachers to grow 7% from 2014 through 2024.

Students who earn master's degrees in TESOL from Binghamton University have the theoretical expertise and hands-on experience to excel as literacy teachers and instructors for students of all ages. They are also equipped to succeed in many other positions including the following:

  • Academic advisors with educational institutions
  • Administrative or teaching staff at English language centers, call centers, or customer service groups
  • Creators of English language materials with private companies
  • Directors or administrative staff for ESL programs
  • Government agency advisors
  • ESOL teachers in elementary, middle, or high schools

Study with accomplished faculty

Affiliated TESOL faculty members are experienced teachers, practitioners, and leaders in ESL and graduate education. They provide a challenging and rewarding learning experience for students. They are also highly skilled researchers who examine a wide range of topics and issues in the education field.

Professor Shannon Hilliker conducts research concerning collaborative online international learning, rural education, and English as a second language. Professor Hoe Kyeung Kim examines issues concerning educational technology, second language acquisition, and sociocultural theory. Professor Bogum Yoon conducts research involving critical literacy, cultural and social identities, multicultural literature and education, and teacher education for English language learners.

Financing your education

Graduate students at Binghamton University obtain financial support from a variety of sources, including loans, grants, assistantships, fellowships, scholarships, research and travel funding, federal work-study, and part-time employment. Learn more on Binghamton's website (

Degrees & Awards

Degrees Offered

Degree Concentration Sub-concentration
Master of Arts (MA)
Master of Science in Education (MS Ed)

Degrees Awarded

Degree Number Awarded
Other Advanced Degrees 6

Degree Requirements

Degree Requirement
Master's Degrees Capstone project or thesis, practicum


Acceptance Rate



Applications processed
on a rolling basis?

Student Body

Total Graduate Students
International Breakout (representing other countries)


Hispanic/Latino 15.38%
Black or African American 0%
White or Caucasian 69%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 0%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 0%
Unknown 0%


Male (19%)
Female (80%)

Location & Contact

Address 4400 Vestal Parkway East
Binghamton, NY  13902-6000
United States
Contact Tami Mann
Senior Staff Assistant
Phone: 607-777-5322

Binghamton University, State University of New York