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TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)

The TESOL program prepares students to become Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), also known as teachers of English as a New Language (ENL). The thorough foundation in general linguistics that characterizes our program serves our teacher candidates well in their development as professionals. Our students are sought after by local districts familiar with the high quality of our graduates.

Undergraduate students wishing to apply must major in Linguistics, have a minimum overall cumulative GPA of 3.0 as well as a 3.0 in the LIN major, and must consult the Undergraduate Program Director in Linguistics and the Director of TESOL Teacher Preparation and Certification (see contact information below). These consultations should take place as early as possible in students' academic careers to ensure completion of the program requirements in a timely manner.

Admission Requirements:   Applicants must have earned a minimum overall grade point average of 3.0. Transfer students must have earned at least a 3.0 at the institution from which they are transferring. If students have completed more than 12 credits at Stony Brook, admission decisions will be based on their Stony Brook grade point average.

Applicants must have earned a 3.0 grade point average in the Linguistics major. Students are required to have taken LIN 101 (Human Language) as well as either LIN 201 (Phonetics) or LIN 311 (Syntax). Both courses must be completed with a C or higher prior to applying for the TESOL Teacher Education Program. These requirements also hold for registration for LIN 375 and LIN 449.

Application procedures:  Applicants must meet with the Undergraduate Program Director of the Linguistics Department, to discuss program requirements and obtain approvals for the application form .

Applicants must submit the completed Google form, along with an unofficial copy of their transcript(s) from all colleges and universities previously attended.

After applicants have received notice of acceptance to the program, they should declare the BA in Linguistics with a Teacher Preparation by submitting the "Declaration of Major/Minor Form" on  SOLAR, adding the Teacher Preparation option.

It is recommended that students apply during the second semester of their sophomore year to ensure timely program completion. Applications are accepted at any time, but admission decisions will be made shortly after the following dates:

Last day of classes in fall and spring semesters

First day of classes in fall and spring semesters


Undergraduate TESOL Program Course Planner: Download

Undergraduate TESOL Program Sample Schedule: Download

Contact Information

Prof. Marie Huffman

Undergraduate Program Director in Linguistics


Mariann Coogan

Director of TESOL Teacher Preparation and Certification