TESOL, World Languages, and Bilingual Education

Our Purpose is Helping You Fulfill Yours

Fairfield offers programs in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and bilingual education to prepare prospective and practicing teachers to educate K-12 students who are learning English as a second or additional language.

For prospective candidates seeking to become K-12 teachers -

For practicing teachers seeking cross-endorsement -

  • MA and Certificate of Advanced Studies (6th year) degrees with cross-endorsements in TESOL and elementary or secondary bilingual education

For candidates interested in TESOL for adults -

Fairfield's programs benefit from being located near K-12 schools in our partner districts (Bridgeport, Danbury, Greenwich, Norwalk, Stamford, and Stratford) with long-established TESOL and bilingual education programs.


Fairfield University's TESOL program has been awarded "national recognition" by the TESOL International Association. A nationally recognized program is one that has systematically assessed candidates' learning and met rigorous standards developed by the specialty professional association (SPA) in that discipline. The TESOL/Bilingual Education programs are housed in the Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions, which received continuing accreditation status from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) in April 2015. Recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, NCATE is "the profession's mechanism to help establish high quality teacher preparation [programs]. NCATE's performance-based system of accreditation fosters competent classroom teachers and other educators who work to improve the education of all K-12 students." (See NCATE website.)

NCATE accreditation and TESOL program's national recognition are achieved following rigorous external review. SPA recognition informs prospective students that the accredited college or university and nationally recognized program have met national standards for the professional and operate at a high level of educational quality and integrity.

If you are interested in further information about the TESOL or bilingual education programs or would like to start as a non-matriculated student at Fairfield University, please contact Dr. Anne Campbell, Associate Dean and Director, TESOL, World Languages, and Bilingual Education programs at acampbell@fairfield.edu or call 203-254-4000 ext. 2873.

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