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Department of Literacy & Multilingual Studies

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Communication is an essential skill that all students need to succeed, whether as children, teens or adults. With the training you will receive from our Teaching Literacy, TESOL, and Bilingual Education programs, you can respond to the critical national needs for literacy teachers  and for teachers of English language learners. Your certifications will enhance your standing as a curriculum leader and provide new professional options going forward. 

You will have the chance to prepare non-native speakers and improve or master their English in order to gain professional footholds, in the United States and internationally. 


Five Year Dual Degree Teacher Education Program 

Interested in becoming a teacher? Take a look at our Dual Degree Program which allows students interested in the teaching profession to earn both a bachelor’s and master’s degree at an accelerated pace.

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Program Accreditations

Our programs are NCATE/CAEP accredited and recognized by the International Literacy Association (ILA) and Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), the specialized professional associations for Literacy programs and TESOL programs in the United States. 

Important Information

This clinically-rich grant-funded program offers teachers a tuition reduced pathway to ESOL certification, with the goal of addressing the shortage of NYC teachers in English as a Second Language/English as a New Language. 

Learn more about the CR-ITI ESOL program


BS or MS Degree in Education or a liberal arts and sciences content area. Initial Certification is also required for advanced program options. 

Other requirements may apply, depending on the specific program.  

In addition, candidates should submit the following: 

  • Mercy University Application 

  • Transcript 

Ranked # 2 on the Guide to Online Schools' list of the Best Online Master's Degrees in ESL for 2020 

Ranked # 3 on the Guide to Online Schools' list of the Best Online Colleges Offering a Master's in ESL for 2019 

Ranked the "Most Comprehensive" and # 7 overall on's list of Best Master's in English Language Learning Programs for 2019 


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