2013 - 2014 Student Catalog 
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2013 - 2014 Student Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Liberal Arts and Sciences: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), AA

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Contact Information

Program Requirements

Typical Program

Degree/Certificate:    Associate in Art
HEGIS Code:            5649
SUNY Code:             2149
Major Code:             TSOL

The Career

The TESOL Jointly Registered Program is designed to give students the knowledge, skills and experiences that will prepare them for transfer to Niagara University’s baccalaureate program. It provides the foundation to become certified in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages in grades K-12. Opportunities for employment in this certification area remain high. There is a need to hire many TESOL teachers during the coming years to keep up with projected teacher vacancies and the rising number of students in need of these services.

The NCCC Approach

When students graduate from NCCC’s TESOL program, they will have the knowledge, skills and general background necessary for transfer to Niagara University to complete a Bachelor of Arts degree to be eligible for certification to teach TESOL grades K-12 in New York State. While at NCCC, students will experience small class sizes which encourage open, in-depth discussions; build close relationships with other students and allow faculty to devote more attention to individual students. Students will participate in approximately 60 hours of field placement experiences in TESOL classrooms during their education courses. The program also emphasizes related course work in liberal arts and sciences as required by Niagara University. Students in this program will receive individual advisement by faculty who have a special interest and expertise in education.


Students admitted in September and January.

The Liberal Arts and Sciences: TESOL program is offered as a full-time day program or part-time evening program. Because of the sequencing of courses, it may take longer than eight semesters to complete the part-time evening program or four semesters to complete the full-time day program if a student begins in a spring semester.

Program Goals and Objectives

  • To prepare NCCC students for seamless transfer into the Bachelor of Arts degree program in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages at Niagara University.
  • To provide a mechanism to share resources and program goals across faculty of the two institutions.
  • To provide the opportunity for first generation college students, many of who are from rural areas, to consider teaching as a career.
  • To encourage teachers to consider careers in rural areas of New York State.
  • Broaden his/her general education background and core knowledge through course work in humanities, social sciences, mathematics, fine arts, computer technology and sciences.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate knowledge about the sociological, philosophical, physiological, historical and psychological aspect of American education.
  • Develop a philosophy about education and the role education plays in American society.
  • Successfully complete field experiences which fulfill the required clock hours.
  • Describe the certification necessary for TESOL and the employment potential.
  • Begin preparation in the development of skills and accumulation of knowledge which leads to certification.
  • Discuss characteristics which define responsible and successful education.

Program Requirements (TSOL)

  1. A total of at least 63 credit hours with a minimum curriculum grade-point average of 2.5. Academic Foundations courses do not count toward the degree.
  2. Education: A minimum of 10 credit hours to include:
    EDU 101 - Introduction to Careers in Teaching 
    EDU 201 - Introduction to Elementary Education 
    EDU 206 - Introduction to Contemporary Education 
    EDU 211 - Introduction to Literacy Instruction 
  3. Communication: A minimum of 9 credit hours to include:
    ENG 101 - Writing I **
    ENG 102 - Writing II & Introduction to Literature 
    SPE 101 - Speech Communication 
  4. Distribution: A minimum of 15 credit hours to include 3 credit hours from each of the following:
    ___  ___   Arts  elective (ART, MUS or THA courses selected by advisement)*
    ___  ___   History elective (selected by advisement)*
    ___  ___   Literature  elective (selected by advisement)*
    ___  ___   Mathematics  elective (selected by advisement)*
    ___  ___   Science  elective (BIO, CHE, PHY or PHS selected by advisement)*
  5. Humanities/Social Sciences: A minimum of 24 credit hours to include:
    HIS ___     History elective (selected by advisement)
    HUS 120 - Disabilities: Birth to Adolescence 
    PSY 110 - Introduction to Psychology 
    PSY 220 - Child Development 
    SPA 101 - Elementary Spanish I 
    SPA 102 - Elementary Spanish II 
    SPA 203 - Intermediate Spanish I 
    SPA 204 - Intermediate Spanish II 
  6. Health and Physical Education: A minimum of 3 credit hours to include:
    HED 201 - Healthful Living 
  7. Free Elective: A minimum of 2 credit hours.

Typical Program

First Semester

Total Credit Hours: 16

Total Credit Hours: 15

Third Semester

Total Credit Hours: 17

Total Credit Hours: 15


*It is recommended that students, by advisement, choose courses also from the SUNY General Education Requirements Approved Courses List.

** Dependent upon the fulfillment of Academic Foundations requirements.

Scholarship Opportunities

All matriculated students in this curriculum are eligible for scholarships. See scholarships  area of this catalog for specific information and criteria, including the following:

Dolce-Valvo Scholarship 

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