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TESOL for International Educators

Program Director

Dr. Rui Cheng
GAC 297
Fax: 585-586-2452

The TESOL for International Educators (ITSL) Degree Program is intended for the student who wishes to:

  • learn to teach English language learners abroad or
  • teach outside the public school venue in the United States.

The program:

  • is specially tailored to accommodate international students.
  • is 30-credit hours
  • can be completed in one year of full time study.
  • leads to a Master's degree.
  • has an available part-time study option.

The Program provides students a balanced learning opportunity. Half of the courses are specific to the ITSL cohort which provides a smaller, more supportive learning environment especially suitable for international students visiting the US. The remaining courses provide opportunities for ITSL students to attend a range of classes with other Nazareth College graduate students.

The ITSL Program's curriculum is guided by a multi-faceted understanding of language instruction. Over-arching themes include the importance of understanding language and linguistics, language acquisition theories, and the implications of culture. Students develop a wide-ranging repertoire of pedagogical skills, including the infusion of aspects of technology. Students are provided opportunities to observe local language teachers, refine their teaching and presentation techniques, and employ their skills in a supervised internship.

Scholarship Opportunity

PEO ScholarshipsThe P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship (IPS) Fund was established in 1949 to provide scholarships for international women students to pursue graduate study in the United States and Canada. The maximum amount for a full 12 months of study is $10,000. For more information about P.E.O. and this scholarship opportunity see the P.E.O. website:

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