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

Required Courses
EDUC 202 Topics in Professionalism 0
EDUC 114 Mathematical Concepts and Reasoning 4
EDUC 217 Education and American Culture  4
EDUC 219 Educational Psychology 4
EDUC 221 Children's Literature 4
EDUC 235 Educating Exceptional Learners 4
EDUC 240 Teaching in Urban America 2
EDUC 320 Curriculum & Assessment in Inclusive Classrooms 4
EDUC 326 TESOL Practicum I: Elementary 1
EDUC 327 TESOL Practicum II: Secondary 1
EDUC 328 Foundations of Language and Literacy for Diverse Learners I 4
EDUC 329 Foundations of Language and Literacy for Diverse Learners II 4
EDUC 371 TESOL Methods: ELA 2
EDUC 372 TESOL Methods: Content Areas 2
EDUC 422 TESOL student teaching internship: Elementary 6
EDUC 423 TESOL student teaching internship: Secondary 6
EDUC 485 Senior Capstone: Seminar on Reflective Teaching 2

Required Culture, Language and Linguistics Concentration, 32 hours

Required Courses
INCL/ANTH/SOC 243 Cultural Anthropology 4
LING 220 Intro to Linguistics 4
LING 351 Linguistics for TESOL 4
LING 350 1st and 2nd Language Acquisition 4
LING 370 Understanding English Grammar 4
Language Courses
Candidates for NYS ESOL certification must demonstrate intermediate proficiency in a language other than English (LOTE). Students entering Houghton College with demonstrated competency in a language still must complete twelve hours of course work in a language other than English to meet the requirement for this major. 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 major through additional elective credits, chosen under advisement. 12
LING 322 Phonetics 4
LING 323 Phonology 4
LING 333 Grammar I 4
LING 312 Sociolinguistics 4
INCL/EDUC 236 Literacy, Culture, and Development 4
INCL/ANTH 310 Intercultural Competencies 4
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