Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), B.A.

World Languages and Literatures |View/Print PDF

The graduation requirements are listed below. In addition, students select free electives to reach 120 credits overall required for the degree, and this program requires a 2.7 cumulative GPA for graduation.  The department website provides an overview of the program, admission requirements for the major (when applicable), faculty biographies, learning outcomes, and careers: https://www.southernct.edu/academics/world-languages-and-literatures.

This is an educator preparation program in the State of Connecticut with additional admission requirements (see Admissions>>Teacher/Educator Preparation Programs). Candidates recommended for certification must also meet any additional Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) requirements (see Degree Requirements>>Teacher/Educator Preparation Programs) in effect on the date CSDE receives the certification application.


All bachelor’s degree programs include liberal education (LEP) and writing (W) course requirements. To review more detailed information, please visit General Education (LEP) Degree Requirements.   


Up to three courses in the major/cognate may also satisfy LEP requirements and will be indicated below; no more than two courses in the same subject may be used towards LEP Explorations.

Major GPA of  2.7 required.

Core Requirements (42 Credits)
TSL 315 – Foundations of Bilingual Education
TSL 321 – Assessment for Multilingual Learners 
TSL 363 – Immigration and Multilingual Learners in the US Classroom 
TSL 405 – Pedagogical English Grammar 
TSL 410 – TESOL Principles and Practices
TSL 411 – TESOL- Methods and Materials
TSL 417 – Literacy Development for Multilingual Learners 
TSL 418 –  ESL Methods in Content Instruction
TSL 451 – Student Teaching in TESOL -1
TSL 452 – Student Teaching in TESOL-2
TSL 453 – Student Teaching Seminar
WLL 211 Introduction to Linguistics 
WLL 403 – Introduction to Second Language Acquisition (T2MB)

Education Requirements (6 Credits)
EDU 316 – Child Development and Psychology for Education
EDU 413 – Secondary Education


EDU 200 – Teachers, Schools, and Society (‘C’ or better) (T2CC)
HIS 110 – U.S. History to 1877  or HIS 111 – U.S. History from 1877 to the present (T2AE)
SED 225 Introduction to Exceptionalities
SHE 203 School Health (T2MB)


Students with an overall 3.0 GPA may be approved to complete an accelerated pathway. Graduate courses may be completed during their senior year when a student has earned at least 90 credits. Courses successfully completed with a grade of 'C' or higher will earn dual credit to be applied to both the undergraduate and graduate transcript. Approval to start graduate coursework does not guarantee admission to the graduate program.

Accelerated Pathway to Graduate Program
In consultation with their advisor, students may select up to 12 credits of graduate level coursework (500-level or higher) appropriate to their intended graduate program of study.