The option is designed for students interested in pursuing teaching English as a New Language (also called English as a Second Language or English as a Foreign Language) in private and public-school contexts, both in the United States and abroad. The program adheres to New York State Teacher Education requirements, preparing students for an Initial Certificate to teach in New York State public schools (all grades). A degree in TESOL can also lead to careers in language testing, materials design and publishing, program administration and more.
Students graduating from LaGuardia with an AA in TESOL/Linguistics will be able to transfer and enroll in the Bachelor of Arts degree in Applied Linguistics: TESOL at our partner institution, Queens College. Students eligible for transfer to Queens College need an overall GPA of at least 2.75 on a 4.0 scale. Students must demonstrate written academic English proficiency by passing the program’s English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT) or by providing proof of one of the following external test results: a New York State ELA Regents grade of 85 or greater, a Writing and Language SAT score of 550 or greater, or an English ACT score of 11 or greater.
Visit the Articulation Agreements page to learn more about transfer opportunities.