Liberal Arts: TESOL/Linguistics Option, AA

Room: B-Building, B-234

Phone: (718) 482-5640


The TESOL 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. A degree in TESOL can also lead to careers in language testing, materials design and publishing, program administration and more. Our option is the first AA-level program leading to a TESOL degree within CUNY.

Are You Interested In...

  • Communicating with people from different linguistic and cultural backgrounds?
  • Travel and living abroad?
  • Learning about language and how it’s structured and used?
  • Interpersonal and communication skills?
  • Creativity and developing critical thinking skills?
  • Public service?
  • Problem solving?
  • Leadership skills?

Skills You Will Learn

  • Ability to think about and discuss language
  • Understanding of what it means to “know” language(s)
  • Familiarity of history and structure of English
  • Understanding bilingualism

What makes this major unique?

Unlike other education majors, TESOL is designed for students interested in pursuing teacher certification related to English as a New Language for all grade levels, both overseas and in private language institutes.

Career Possibilities

The TESOL/Linguistics program adheres to New York State Teacher Education requirements, preparing students for an Initial Certificate for English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), All Grades. Graduates can also pursue teaching English overseas.

  • NYC Dept. of Education Teacher’s Assistant/Aide
  • Childcare Worker
  • Recreation Worker/Camp Counselor
  • Social and Human Service Assistant
  • Teacher in a language learning institute or camp
  • NYC Dept. of Education ESOL Teacher
  • Private/Charter School ESOL Teacher
  • Private Language School Teacher
  • Language Testing Specialist
  • Language Program Administrator
  • English Language Fellow
  • NYC Dept. of Education ESOL Teacher
  • Extend Initial Certification, e.g. Special Education, Bilingual Education, Early Childhood Education
  • Educational Consultant
  • Teacher Educator
  • Higher Education Officer/Administrator
  • College Professor
  • Education Administrator/School Principal
  • Language Testing Researcher
  • International Consultant on English Language Teaching and Testing (with the State Department) working overseas

Transfer Possibilities

  • Queens College – BA in Applied Linguistics: TESOL
  • Queens College – BA in General Linguistics
  • Hunter College – BA in Linguistics and Rhetoric


Note: Transfer to non-articulated programs will likely result in some loss of credits.

Degree Requirements

A. REQUIRED CORE: 12 credits

English: 6 credits

  • ENG101 English Composition I* (3)
    (or ENA101 depending on placement scores)
  • ENG102 Writing through Literature (3)

Mathematical and Quantitative Reasoning: 3 credits

Select one course from the following: 3

  • MAT107 Mathematics and the Modern World
  • MAT123 Modern Problem Solving
    (depending on Placement)
  • MAT115 College Algebra and Trigonometry
  • MAT117 Algebra and Trigonometry
    (depending on placement scores)
  • MAT119 Statistics with Elementary Algebra
    (depending on placement scores)
  • MAT120 Elementary Statistics

Life and Physical Sciences: 3 credits
Select one of the following: 3

  • SCB101 Topics in Biological Sciences
  • SCB206 Introduction to Neuroscience
  • SCC101 Topics in Chemistry
  • SCC102 Chemistry of Photography
  • SCP101 Topics in Physics
  • SCP105 Life in the Universe
  • SCP140 Topics in Astronomy

B. FLEXIBLE CORE:18 credits

Select one course from each of the five flexible core categories
AND one additional course from any flexible core category.
Note: Students can select only two courses from any one discipline.

  • World Cultures and Global Issues
  • US Experience in its Diversity
  • Creative Expression
  • Individual and Society
  • Scientific World

Students are required to select one Urban Study course to complete college requirement.

Courses Credits
Liberal Arts
EDF101 First Year Seminar for Liberal Arts Social Science and Humanities 3
LIB200 Humanism, Science and Technology 3
ENG103 Preparing and Writing the Research Paper 3
Education and Language Acquisition
HUC106 Public Speaking* (CE) 3
TESOL – Linguistics
ELL 120 Structure of English 3
HUC115 Phonetics 3
ELN101 Introduction to Bilingualism 3
ELL220 Introduction to Sociolinguistics 3
ELN122 Foundations of American Education: Grades 7-12 3
SSH101 Themes in American History to 1865* (US Exp) 3
SSY 105 Learning and Education: Childhood to Adolescence 3
TOTAL CREDITS:   60         

* Students are advised to select these courses in the Pathways General Education Common Core area indicated in brackets, in order to complete the degree within 60 credits. If students take other courses in these areas, they will be certified as having completed the Common Core area, but it may not be possible for them to finish their degree programs within the regular number of credits. CE = Creative Expression, US Exp – US Experience in its Diversity

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