OBE-WL

Office of Bilingual Education and World Languages

Amendments to the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education

Pursuant to Section 207 of Education Law

TESOL

80-2.10 Certificate valid for teaching English to speakers of other languages in the prekindergarten, elementary and secondary grades.

(a) Provisional certificate. (1) Preparation. To obtain a certificate to teach English to speakers of other languages in the prekindergarten, elementary and secondary grades (PreK-12), a candidate shall meet the requirements in one of the following subparagraphs:

(i) Completion of an approved program registered by the department specifically for service as a teacher of English to speakers of other languages in the prekindergarten, elementary and secondary grades (PreK-12). An approved program is one which prepares the teacher to create a productive learning environment for students whose native language is not English; to plan and execute instructional activities; to monitor and assess student learning; to address the special developmental and educational needs of prekindergarten, elementary and secondary school students; to collaborate effectively with co-workers; to communicate, plan, and work effectively with children’s families; to use community resources, programs, and services appropriately; and to work effectively with students in a multicultural society, students with handicapping conditions, students of both sexes, and gifted and talented students. The program will assure that the candidate has completed a baccalaureate degree with a concentration in one of the liberal arts or sciences and college-level study in a language other than English; cultural perspectives; theory and practice of bilingual/multicultural education; theory of second language acquisition; language research; structure of the English language; and linguistics as the study relates to the teaching of English to speakers of other languages. The program will provide special training in the teaching of speaking, reading, writing and communication in English to speakers of other languages, and materials and techniques for teaching English to speakers of other languages through mathematics, science and social studies. The program will provide college-supervised student teaching in English to speakers of other languages in both the elementary and secondary grades.

(a) English language proficiency. The candidate shall submit evidence of having achieved a satisfactory level of performance in oral and written English on the New York State Teacher Certification Examinations.

(ii) Alternate completion of requirements. A provisional certificate may be issued to a candidate who has completed a program which shall include the following:

(a) a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education or from an institution authorized by the Board of Regents to confer degrees whose programs are registered by the department;

(b) successful completion of six semester hours of college-level credit in each of the following subjects: English, mathematics, science and social studies;

(c) a satisfactory concentration of 36 semester hours of college-level credit in one of the liberal arts and sciences unless the candidate holds a valid New York State teaching certificate issued prior to the effective date of this regulation;

(d) 15 semester hours of college-level credit in professional education, which enable the teacher to create a productive learning environment for students whose native language is not English; to plan and execute instructional activities; and to monitor and assess student learning in the prekindergarten, elementary and secondary grades. The study must prepare the teacher to collaborate effectively with co-workers; to communicate, plan, and work effectively with children’s families; to use community resources, programs, and services appropriately; and to work effectively with students in a multicultural society, students with handicapping conditions, students of both sexes, and gifted and talented students, including a minimum of three semester hours in the teaching of speaking, reading, writing and communicating in English to speakers of other languages, and a minimum of three semester hours in materials and techniques for teaching English to speakers of other languages through mathematics, science and social studies;

(e) 15 semester hours of college-level credit in teaching English to speakers of other languages, including study in cultural perspectives; theory and practice of bilingual/multicultural education; theory of second language acquisition; language research; structure of the English language; and linguistics as the study relates to the teaching of English to speakers of other languages;

(f) one year of college level study or its equivalent of a language and culture other than English;

(g) a college-supervised student teaching experience in teaching English to speakers of other languages in both the elementary and secondary grades or its equivalent;

(h) English language proficiency. The candidate shall submit evidence of having achieved a satisfactory level of performance in oral and written English proficiency on the New York State Teacher Certification Examinations; and

(i) one year of paid, full-time experience as a teacher of English to speakers of other languages or as a teacher of a language other than English may be substituted for college-supervised student teaching when such experience carries the recommendation of the chief school officer.

(2) Examinations for provisional certificate. Each candidate for a provisional certificate shall submit evidence of having achieved a satisfactory level of performance on the test of liberal arts and sciences and on the written assessment of teaching skills portion of the New York State Teacher Certification Examinations.

(3) Time validity. The provisional certificate shall be valid for five years from its effective date and is renewable subject to the approval of the commissioner for good cause shown, as defined in section 80-1.6 of this Part. An expired provisional certificate may be renewed once for a five-year term upon evidence that the holder is enrolled in a master’s degree program leading to the permanent certificate. Notwithstanding the requirements of this paragraph, the commissioner shall not accept applications for the renewal of a provisional certificate submitted to the commissioner after February 1, 2004.

(b) Permanent certificate. (1) In addition to satisfying the requirements for the provisional certificate, the candidate shall have:

(i) satisfactorily completed a one academic year supervised internship or two years of teaching experience in a public or nonpublic school; and

(ii) earned a master’s degree functionally related to the field of teaching service as defined by the commissioner.

(2) Examinations for permanent certificate. Each candidate for a permanent certificate shall submit evidence of having achieved a satisfactory level of performance on an examination in the area of the teaching certificate and on the assessment of teaching skills portion of the New York State Teacher Certification Examinations.

Historical Note

Sec. filed June 15, 2000 eff. July 10, 2000

Last Updated: February 9, 2012
February 9, 2012