(Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)
Teacher Education Program
The program is located in the Department of Linguistics. The program prepares undergraduate and graduate students to become teachers of English as a Second Language (ESL) and teach English Language Learners in grades Pre-K-12. Students may become certified at the BA level or at the MA level. In addition, there is a new program that offers the accelerated BA/MA with certification as a five-year program. Students take courses in linguistics and Pedagogy, design and implement workshops to raise cross-cultural awareness and gain extensive practical experience in a variety of educational settings at the university and in the community. These include pre-schools, elementary, and secondary schools, museums, adult education, and college programs. This approach provides teacher candidates with the intellectual rigor of the academic discipline and the professional growth enhanced by immersion in authentic classroom contexts.
In recent years, the program has been the locus of change and innovation. Interweaving of diverse educational approaches, extensive collaborative endeavors with teacher preparation programs across disciplines, partnerships with schools and other educational settings, new courses, and external funding have all strengthened the program, have enhanced its uniqueness, and have greatly enriched the professional growth of its graduates. These endeavors have been disseminated nationally and internationally and the program has become widely known for its innovative orientation in preparing teachers of students with linguistically and culturally diverse backgrounds.
Alumni of the program are employed as teachers and coordinators of language programs in over 55 school districts and educational agencies on Long Island, in schools across New York State and in English language programs in countries around the globe. Our alumni have been an invaluable professional resource. They have strengthened the program's links with the professional community and have greatly enriched the educational experience of our students.
In our joint quest for higher standards and excellence in teacher education, we endeavor to continue to create educational contexts and learning communities that underscore the symbiosis of research, teaching, and learning.
Undergraduate students wishing to apply to the program must major in Linguistics and have a minimum GPA of 2.75 overall and 3.0 in the major. Prospective applicants must consult with the Undergraduate Director in Linguistics and the Director of the TESOL Program as early as possible in their academic careers to ensure completion of the program requirements in a timely manner. The PEP Undergraduate Application form must be submitted to the Director of the TESOL Education Program by April 15 for Fall admission and by November 15 for Spring admission. Students must maintain a 2.75 overall GPA and a 3.0 GPA in the major in order to remain in the program. For an Undergraduate PEP Application and Course Planner information, please click on the following:
- PEP Undergraduate Application Form
- TESOL Certification Planner for Undergraduate Majors in Linguistics
Prospective graduate students Must First Be Admitted to the MA TESOL Program in the Linguistics Department and the Graduate School, Before Being Admitted into the Professional Education Program (PEP).
For a Graduate School Application, please click on
M.A. TESOL applications should be received by April 1 for international students and July 1 for domestic students.
For a Graduate PEP Application and Course Planner information, please click on the following:
- PEP Graduate Application Form
- BA/MA TESOL Education Application Form
- TESOL Certification Planner for Graduate Majors in Linguistics
Please click on the following link for access to our
Guide to Teacher Education.
For further information contact:
Ximena E. Zate, Ph.D.
Interim Director of TESOL Teacher Education Program
Department of Linguistics
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY 11794-4376
Phone: (631) 632-8003