WCSU 2021-2022 Graduate Catalog


Catherin O’Callaghan, Graduate Coordinator, Phone: (203) 837-3267
Ana Cangialosi, Department Secretary,  WH 128 Phone: (203) 837-8510
Fax: (203) 837-8413


Faculty:   J. Burke; K. Campbell; T. Canada; J. Caruso; M. Daria; M. Delcourt; N. DeRonck; J. Jaslow; S. Kuhn; G. Lomas; C. O’Callaghan; J. Piro; D. Shaw


Program Overview and Mission

The mission of the Sixth Year TESOL program is to prepare educators to work collaboratively in varied settings and cultural contexts to assist English language learners. The program prepares educators to work collaboratively with colleagues and families in culturally diverse populations in schools and communities to impact student learning.

Goals, Objectives, and Learning Outcomes of the Sixth Year TESOL Program

The goals, objectives and learning outcomes of WCSU’s Sixth Year TESOL Program are varied and are critical to facilitate the development of educators to work with English language learners. The program is designed to prepare educators to:

A. Graduates of the program will be demonstrate and apply knowledge of content;

1. Synthesize and apply central concepts, structures of the discipline, and tools of inquiry of the content areas; organize this knowledge, integrate cross-disciplinary skills, and develop meaningful learning progressions for English language learners as indicated by the design of learning segments.

B. Graduates of the program will demonstrate the ability to plan, develop, and adjust services that meet the needs of English language learners;

1. Understand the role of culture and linguistics in second language acquisition.

2. Accurately assess and analyze student learning, reflecting on adjustments needed for both instruction and assessment as indicated by the impact on student learning.

C. Graduates of the program will demonstrate the ability to use relevant pedagogical skills and educational psychology knowledge in the planning, development, delivery and assessment of professional services in support of relevant educational goals;

1. Use foundational knowledge to design and/or implement an integrated, comprehensive, and balanced curriculum as indicated by practicum performance.

D. Graduates of the program will demonstrate professional dispositions that are consistent with the conceptual framework and in accord with professional, state, and institutional standards.

       1. Demonstrate expertise in working collaboratively with colleagues to design instruction for English language learners as indicated by practicum performance.

Admission Requirements

Applicants who wish to be admitted to the program must submit the following materials to the Office of Graduate Admissions:

  1. Application for admission to the Office of Graduate Admissions and a $50 application fee: Online application – http://wcsu.edu/graduate/application.asp
  2. One official transcript mailed (not hand-delivered) to the Office of Graduate Admissions from each college or university previously attended, including all earned grades and degree.
  3. Minimum graduate cumulative grade point average of at least a 3.0
  4. A copy of a valid teaching certificate in elementary and/or secondary education
  5. Evidence of an earned undergraduate and master’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education

Program Entry Interviews and Academic Planning

Each candidate must meet with the graduate coordinator to discuss and plan the academic program.

This program is a certificate program and is not eligible for financial aid.

LiveText License Requirement

All candidates who enter degree or certificate programs in Education and Educational Psychology at Western Connecticut State University are required to purchase a LiveText license before or during the first week of class. LiveText is part of Western’s assessment system and essential for continuous accreditation. Information about purchasing the license is at this link: www.livetext.com.  If you have questions, please contact Dr. Catherine O’Callaghan, E&EP Chair, ocallaghanc@wcsu.edu.

Certificate Requirements

ED 608 Sociolinguistics and Literacy Learning   3 SH
ED 619 Theory and Principles of Bilingual Education   3 SH
ED 622 Approaches and Methods for Teaching Second Language Learners   3 SH
ED 623 Second Language Acquisition   3 SH
ED 624 Assessment for Second Language Learners   3 SH
ED 625 Academic Language and Literacy for Second Language Learners   3 SH
ENG 506 History of English Language and Linguistics   3 SH 
ENG 517 English Grammar   3 SH 
ED 627 TESOL Practicum Grades K-12    6 SH
Total Credits for Certificate 30 SH