TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) Major

This major leads to New York State certification to teach English to speakers of other languages at the elementary (grades PK through 6) and secondary (grades 7-12) levels.

Starting in their first year, students have ample opportunities to interact on a regular basis with children and youth who have recently arrived in the United States. During the sophomore and junior years, when students take the bulk of their coursework in both the major and the required concentration in Culture, Language, and Linguistics, they also complete a minimum of 100 hours of field experience under the supervision of a certified ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher. During the senior year, students spend a semester student teaching, divided between an elementary ESL and a secondary ESL placement.

ESL teachers are in high demand nationally and internationally, and graduates of Houghton’s TESOL program have an excellent track record of finding employment, both in the United States and abroad.

Note: TESOL is also available as a concentration for students majoring in Inclusive Childhood Education.

Please click on the following link to view a chart that compared the different paths of TESOL study available at Houghton.

TESOL Pathways

TESOL Major, 54 hours

Language other than EnglishCredits
Total 12

Note: Students entering Houghton College with demonstrated competency in a language, you still must complete twelve hours of course work in a language other than English to meet the requirement for this concentration. Non-native English speakers may demonstrate equivalent competency as determined by the World Languages Department and the Academic Records Office and will fulfill minimum credits toward the concentration through additional elective credits (listed below) chosen under advisement. 

Core CoursesCredits
LING 220 Introduction to Linguistics 4
LING 350 First and Second Language Acquisition 4
LING 351 Linguistics for TESOL 4
LING 370 Understanding English Grammar 4
LING 371 TESOL Methods: ELA 2
LING 372 TESOL Methods: Content Areas 2
Core Total 20
Elective (Choose one course from the following courses)
LING 312 Sociolinguistics
LING 322 Phonetics 4
LING 323 Phonology I 4
LING 333 Grammar I 4
Elective Total 4
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