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The Mercy College Clinically-Rich Intensive Teacher Institute in English to Speakers of Other Languages (CR-ITI ESOL) Program

Certified NYCDOE teachers can earn an additional NYS certificate in ESOL Pre-K - 12 within one year and at a substantially reduced tuition rate. Located at the Mercy College Bronx Campus, this clinically-rich program offers teachers a 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. 

Cohort II starts January 2019

Dates Activities/Milestones
2nd Week of January

Orientation for teacher candidates &

Spring semester (Jan - May)
Spring term coursework: EDUC 504 and EDUC 505
Elementary level or secondary level observations (first placement)
June - July
Summer term coursework: EDUC 636
Content Specialty Test (CST) ESOL Workshop
Fall Semester (Sept - Dec)
Fall term coursework: EDUC 629 and EDUC 707
Elementary level or secondary level observations (second placement)

In both spring and fall semesters, there will be a mid-semester Professional Development (PD) session for Mentor-Teachers on the Bronx Campus. 

There will also be monthly on-site meetings with the CR-ITI Cohort participants and their mentors both in Spring and Fall semesters.


Who Can Apply?
  • All initially, and professionally, certified NYCDOE teachers
  • Teachers interested in earning an additional certificate in ESOL in Pre-K - 12 grade levels
  • Teachers committed to teaching ESOL for two years
Technological Integration
  • Some courses are offered fully online on Blackboard. Online training for Blackboard use is provided to the candidates. 
  • All courses include the integration of technology as a mode of course delivery and as a demonstrated teaching technique. 
Contact Us

For more information on the CR-ITI ESOL Program contact:

Dr. Bahar Otcu-Grillman
(Program Co-Director)

Dr. JungKang Miller
(Program Co-Director)
Department Chair

Apply Now!

If you are interested in participating in the program, please complete the application located here.  If you have additional questions please contact us.

Contact us:

Dr. Bahar Otcu-Grillman 
(Program Co-Director)

Dr. JungKang Miller
Department Chair
(Program Co-Director)


Candidates will complete five 3-credit courses at the Bronx Campus and online.

  • EDUC 504 - Cultural Perspectives and the Teaching-Learning Process
  • EDUC 505 - Teaching English as a Second Language

  • EDUC 636 Methods and Materials of Teaching English as a Second Language through the Content Areas Pre-K - 12

  • EDUC 629 Modern English Structure and the Teaching of English
  • EDUC 707 Mentoring Seminar in TESOL

Credits can be transferred to the M.S. in TESOL Program at Mercy College if candidates wish to pursue the degree program.