Admission Requirements (TESOL with Initial certification only)

Applicants for the M.A. in TESOL with initial certification must hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university (or the international equivalent) and give promise of meeting the standards set by the School. For all initial certifications, a minimum of 39 semester hours of credit in general academic courses in five of the six following subject areas is required:

  • English
  • Natural science
  • Fine arts
  • Social studies (including a survey course in U.S. history)
  • Foreign language
  • Mathematics

Candidates without prerequisite coursework may be asked to fulfill this requirement before formal admission or before student teaching, depending on the number of missing credits.

Formal Admission Process (for all programs)

Students seeking admission must submit:

  • A Completed online application.
  • A Non-refundable $60 Application Fee paid by credit card.
  • A Professional Resume. Applicants are required to submit a current resume that includes employment and education history (submit online).
  • An Admission Essay. Students should describe why they want to undertake graduate studies in TESOL (submit online).
  • Official transcripts verifying completion of an undergraduate degree demonstrating a cumulative GPA of at least 2.67, or receive a GPA waiver from the department, available on a case by case basis. (All foreign transcripts must be evaluated by an approved evaluating service. 
  • Two Recommendation Forms and Letters, one of which must be, preferably, from a current employer or supervisor. The Recommendations are completed online. At the time of application you will need to provide your two Recommender's names and e-mail addresses.
  • Passing scores for the PRAXIS Core Academic Skills for Educators (formerly PRAXIS I) test requirement or have this requirement waived based on appropriate SAT, ACT, GRE or PAA scores.
  • Participation in an Admission Interview.
  • Candidates seeking cross-endorsement in Bilingual Education must verify fluency in English and in the second language of instruction by passing the ACTFL OPI exam in English and the OPI and WPT in the second language at the Intermediate High level, and must hold current Connecticut State certification in either Elementary Education or Secondary Education.

Students from Non-English Speaking Countries

Students from non-English speaking countries are required to submit a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score report. A TOEFL composite score of 550 for the paper test, 213 for the computer-based, or 84 on the Internet-based test (iBT) with a minimum score of 21 in reading and 23 in writing is strongly recommended for admission. Fairfield's ETS code is 3390.

All application materials for formal admission should be sent to:

Office of Graduate and Continuing Studies Admission
1073 North Benson Road
Fairfield, CT 06824-5195
Phone: (203) 254-4184
Fax: (203) 254-4073

How to Apply

For detailed admission requirements, please refer to the links below:

Application Information for U.S. and Permanent Residents of the United States

Application Information for International Applicants

Access the online application directly

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Students applying for the Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions have a number of scholarship and financial aid opportunities specific to their education. To be considered for financial aid, Fairfield University requires students to complete a FAFSA form. For further information, visit the Office of Financial Aid.    

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