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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! Application Deadline August 1, 2020 for Fall 2021

Application Deadline August 1, 2020 for Fall 2021

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


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.