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MA-TESOL (30 Credits) Requirements

The degree requires students to complete a total of 30 credits of coursework with an overall cumulative average of 3.0 or higher.  MA-TESOL (30 Credits) planner is attached here.

In addition to the minimum Graduate School requirements, the following are required:


A. All of the following – 18 credits

LIN 522 Phonetics
LIN 524 TESOL Pedagogy: Theory and Practice (Methods I) & LIN 579 Field Experience N-12
LIN 527 Structure of English
LIN 529 TESOL Pedagogy: Language & Literacy Development Through the Content Areas (Methods II)   & LIN 579 Field Experience N-12
LIN 530 Introduction to General Linguistics
LIN 578 (1 Credit) Field Experience in Educational Contexts 

B. Three of the following – 9 credits

LIN 526 Analysis of an Uncommonly Taught Language
LIN 532 Second Language Acquisition
LIN 541 Bilingualism
LIN 542 Sociolinguistics
LIN 544 Language Acquisition and Literacy Development 
LIN 555 Error Analysis
LIN 571 TESOL Pedagogy: Curriculum Design and Evaluation
LIN 572 Course Design: Theory & Practice

Any other TESOL-related course approved by the Program Director                                                                 

C. Elective – 3 credits

One additional course from those listed in category (b) above or another appropriate course approved by the Program Director.

D. One year (2 semesters) of language(s) other than English at undergraduate or graduate level required before graduation.

For more information on the foreign language requirement for TESOL certification, see this document.  

An overall grade point average of 3.0 or higher must be achieved in all graduate courses taken at Stony Brook University in order to receive the degree.

Course Waivers
Certain required courses may be waived for students showing an exceptional background in linguistics or TESOL. Application for such waivers must be made in writing to the department. In any case, all students must complete 30 graduate credits of approved coursework to receive a degree.

For more info on the program and admission, contact Michelle Carbone at (Graduate Program Coordinator) or Tatiana Luchkina at (MA-TESOL Program Director).