Message from the Director

Dear Prospective Candidate,

Thank you for your interest in Fairfield University's TESOL and bilingual/multicultural education programs, which were established in 1972. Fairfield is one of two NCATE and TESOL accredited universities in Connecticut to offer initial certification and cross-endorsement programs in TESOL. We also have elementary and secondary cross-endorsements in Bilingual Education at the graduate level. The program benefits from the University's location near schools with long-established bilingual and TESOL programs, and has received numerous teacher-training grants from the U.S. Department of Education.

The TESOL and Bilingual Education programs are housed in the Department of Educational Studies and Teacher Preparation, a professional community that lives out the ideals of our Jesuit mission as advocates for equity and justice through the transformative powers of education. Upon their graduation, TESOL and Bilingual Candidates continue this mission through teaching and a commitment to meet the needs of the linguistically and culturally diverse students in Connecticut schools.

Our TESOL and Bilingual Education full-time faculty, adjuncts, cooperating teachers, and field supervisors are experienced educators with a deep commitment to serving the needs of students, families, communities, and schools. TESOL practicum and student teaching include an 8-week elementary and an 8-week secondary placement. One of the strengths of the program is the network of experienced teachers, newly certified teachers, and administrators (many of whom are Fairfield graduates) who share their knowledge and expertise at local and regional meetings.

Upon admission, you'll be assigned an advisor who will work with you to plan your program of study and support you throughout your program as you work toward your professional goals.

Please feel free to explore this program site further. If you have any questions or would like to schedule a time to meet with me for further discussion, e-mail or call me at (203) 254-4000, ext. 2873.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Anne E. Campbell, Ph.D. Associate Professor and Director
TESOL and Bilingual/Multicultural Education