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TESOL Teacher Education Program

(Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)


This combined BA/MA program in TESOL allows students to earn two degrees in one semester less than if the programs were to be completed sequentially.  Due to the compressed nature of the timeline, an applicant must have an outstanding undergraduate record to be accepted.

Students will pursue a normal course of study for the BA in Linguistics.  To complete the requirements for the teaching certification, students will take two (2) Methods courses and will complete the associated Field Experience component, including student teaching in the second semester of their senior year.  This will allow students to enter the graduate program prepared to complete their MA degree in one year of full-time study. 

Before applying, students should discuss their intentions with the Director of Undergraduate Studies Advisor.

Application Information

Minimum Requirements for Application

  1. A minimum GPA of 3.0 overall
  2. A minimum GPA of 3.3 in the Linguistics major
  3. At least four (4) LIN courses which must include: LIN 101, LIN 201, and LIN 311
  4. All applicants whose native language is other than English must demonstrate oral language proficiency in English by taking the Speaking component of the Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL-IBT) and earning a minimum score of 28. (Refer to the  TOEFL website for further information regarding the test.)
  5. A cover letter of intent
  6. A completed BA/MA TESOL Teacher Education Program Application Form
  7. A Major/Minor Declaration Form ( Registrar's website)
  8. Two (2) recommendation letters from faculty in the Linguistics Department 

During the student teaching semester, students will submit an  Application to Graduate School for the Accelerated Bachelor’s-Master’s Degree. The application fee and GRE are waived. At this time, their performance will be reviewed and permission to complete the remainder of the graduate program will be based on:

  • Satisfactory performance in LIN 524, LIN 579, LIN 529 and LIN 579
  • Successful completion of Student Teaching
  • Overall GPA of 3.0
  • Minimum GPA in major of 3.3

Application Deadlines:
 For Fall semester admission: April 1. (Students should apply during the Spring semester of their Sophomore year. Students in the combined program will take graduate level pedagogy courses during the Fall and Spring semesters of their junior year.)

Note:  graduate tuition is charged at a different rate than undergraduate tuition, and undergraduate financial aid cannot be used once student are designated as graduate students. Please consult with your financial aid officer to find out how this program would affect any financial aid you receive.

Graduates of the program will complete 12 credits of foreign language study with a grade of C or better.

 Also available are five-year combined BA/MA programs in World Languages/Linguistics. Programs offered are French, Italian, or Spanish.  Candidates complete a double major in both the language and TESOL as well as earn certification in both areas.


Contact Information

Dr. Annette Shideler, EdD
Director of TESOL Teacher Education Program 
Department of Linguistics
Phone: (631) 632-8003
Email:  Annette.Shideler@stonybrook.edu
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