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Graduate Programs for English as a Second Language

  • The Department of Multicultural Education is an academic department that prepares teachers for careers in ESL, bilingual, and multicultural settings. Multicultural education aims to achieve the following:

    • Recognize and support different perceptions of the world as equally valid;
    • Eenable teachers to clarify their values and perceive their attitudes and stereotypes about other groups of people; and
    • Develop respect for linguistic and cultural differences.


    English as a Second Language Program Options

    Students may choose between a Master of Arts and a non-degree certification program.  Please visit the Multicultural Department site for additional information and curriculum requirements:

    Language Proficiency

    It is a New Jersey State requirement that all candidates seeking TESL certification be tested in oral and written English language proficiency. Candidates seeking bilingual endorsement must be tested in oral and written English language proficiency, and in oral/written second language proficiency. Tests are given by the American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).

    The Department requires you to take the oral tests during your first semester of study in Multicultural Education; you should take the written tests by the end of your second semester.

    ACTFL Language Proficiency Assessment Tests for ESL and Bilingual Certification are arranged by the Department of Multicultural Education. Oral Proficiency Interview and Writing Proficiency Tests, in English and in the student’s native language, are conducted weekly and application forms can be obtained from the University Advisement Center. Please call 201-200-3305 for further information.