Why choose Canisius' on-line master's degree in TESOL education?

With more than 75 years of experience in granting master's degrees in education, Canisius is one of the most respected schools in the region.

  • Canisius' School of Education and Human Services is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).
  • Coursework may be completed entirely online.
  • You may compete the practicum anywhere in the U.S. or internationally.
  • The program is approved by New York State for TESOL certification for grades K-12.

When can I start the program?

You can start during any of our three terms: fall (late August), spring (mid-January) and summer (May/June). You select your start date when you submit your application. If you are unsure of your start date, select the earliest one that you are likely to attend. Should you be accepted and wish to change your start date to a later term, simply inform the Graduate Admissions Office of your new start date in writing and we will change your start date.

How long will the degree take?

The 30 credit (10 courses) master's degree can be completed in less than two years (20 months) by taking 2 courses each semester. The 18 credit hour advanced certificate can be completed in as little as one year.

Do I need to currently be a certified teacher to apply for this program?

Your teacher certification must be complete or in progress (in your final year of an initial certification program). 

Do I have to complete the 12 credit hours of a Language Other Than English (LOTE) prior to being admitted into the program, and what languages are accepted?”

The 12 credit hours of an LOTE do not have to be completed prior to admittance into the program; they may be taken concurrently with your TESOL coursework. However, the 12 credits must be completed during your time at Canisius in order for you to graduate. You may take language classes at the college or university of your choice, including select online institutions. Any LOTE, including American Sign Language (according to the NYSED), is acceptable. 

What is the minimum GPA required for acceptance into the program?

Most candidates have a minimum GPA of 3.0 from their undergraduate studies. GPA’s below 3.0 will be reviewed by admission staff and program faculty to determine status.

Is the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) required?

For candidates who already possess an initial teaching certification and are pursuing entrance into a professional certification MS program, a standardized test score is required. Candidates can submit GRE, MAT, or ALST test scores to complete this requirement. Contact admissions staff with questions.  

For candidates pursuing entrance into an initial certification teaching program, a standardized test score is required.  Candidates can submit GRE, MAT, SAT, or ACT test scores to complete this requirement. Contact admissions staff with questions.

Will the entire program be taken on-line or will I need to come to Buffalo, NY?

The program course work can be completed online. The required practicum may be completed anywhere in the U.S. or internationally.   

What is the cost of the program?

Please see our Tuition & Fee's page for information on the program cost.

Will I learn as much in an online MSED program as in a regular program?

There has been much debate and investigation on this topic. Current opinion seems to support the conclusion that online learning can be just as effective as regular classroom instruction. Researchers point out that in classroom settings students are able to avoid participation and let others interact. In contrast, with on-line instruction there is nowhere to hide. The learning experience requires constant interaction between instructors and students and students and their peers. On-line instruction is not for everyone but for the motivated learner who is comfortable with using technology, online instruction can be equal to or even more effective than traditional classroom teaching.

How will I take the on-line classes?

You will be able to take these classes using a home or school based computer that is linked to the web. A high speed connection is required for this interactive experience. Canisius College uses an instructional program called "Desire2Learn" for its online courses. The Desire2Learn Learning System is widely used and has established itself as a user-friendly interface between faculty and students. Participants in the program will use Desire2Learn and email to complete course assignments and to communicate with classmates and faculty. To learn more about what it is like to take an online course, click here.

When registering for courses, which section of the course should I register (i.e., ONL vs. WEB)?

Students in online programs should register for courses in the program curriculum with the "ONL, ONA, ONB" section designations on the registration screen.

Once registered for my courses, how do I get started?

You will use the Canisius Desire2Learn Learning System, located on the Canisius College Web site, to get instructions for each of your courses of study. Once registered, simply use your username and password to log in to the Desire2Learn site. Once logged in, you will see a listing of your registered courses. You can get course information, including textbooks needed for the course. You should also use your username/password to check your Canisius email account (Griffmail) for an email from your professor with course information, including the first assignment and textbook information.

How do I purchase books for my courses?

Books may be purchased online from the Canisius Bookstore. When selecting textbooks, make sure to select "TESL" for the "Select Your Department" drop down box and "ONL" for the "Select Your Section" drop down box.

How do I apply?

You can complete a graduate application for the School of Education and Human Services on line for free. We recommend that you submit all application materials at least 30 days before your desired start date.