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Liberal Arts and Sciences: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), A.A.

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The TESOL Jointly Registered degree program is designed to give students the knowledge, skills, and experiences that will prepare them to transfer to Niagara University’s baccalaureate program. It provides the foundation to become certified in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages in grades K-12. Opportunities for employment in this certification area remain high. There is a need to hire many TESOL teachers during the coming years to keep up with projected teacher vacancies and the rising number of students in need of these services.

Program Goals and Objectives
  • Broaden his/her general education background and core knowledge through course work in humanities, social sciences, mathematics, fine arts, computer technology and sciences.
  • To encourage teachers to consider careers in rural areas of New York State.
  • To prepare SUNY Niagara students for seamless transfer into the Bachelor of Arts degree program in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages at Niagara University.
  • To provide a mechanism to share resources and program goals across faculty of the two institutions.
  • To provide the opportunity for first generation college students, many of who are from rural areas, to consider teaching as a career.

Alumni Spotlight

Dasha Colvin ’06

“I like the welcoming environment that SUNY Niagara provides in the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and education programs. Students understand they can go to the instructors with any questions or concerns, and they are confident that they will receive the assistance they need. As a student, I chose SUNY Niagara because it was affordable. I was not 100% sure of my career path and I knew that SUNY Niagara would save me a ton of money while giving me a solid foundation for future courses. As a faculty member, SUNY Niagara chose me. I never imagined myself teaching in a higher education setting. However, once I began, I know I was placed at SUNY Niagara for a purpose, and that is to give back. After graduating, I went to Buffalo State College and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education in 2010. I graduated from D’Youville College with a Master’s Degree in TESOL in 2013. I plan to continue serving my community as a TESOL teacher and as a college instructor at SUNY Niagara. I would like to be a superintendent in an urban school district one day.”

Dasha Colvin