The Liberal Arts: Social Science and Humanities option in TESOL/ Linguistics leads to an Associate in Arts (AA) degree. TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) is a field working to improve English language teaching worldwide. Our degree provides the foundation for a career in TESOL in a diverse range of English teaching settings.
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 in the TESOL/Linguistics program learn about educational linguistics, bilingualism, sociolinguistics, literacy, psycholinguistics, and language policy and planning. Degree map can be viewed here.
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. Visit the Articulation Agreements page to learn more about transfer opportunities.
To view TESOL/Linguistics course offerings, visit the College Catalogue.