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English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

Stony Brook University has determined that the SPD courses on the list below meet the NYSED guidelines for professional license in this certification content area. Courses from the Linguistics Department or linguistics courses taught through foreign language departments may also be valid for the content area. At this time, all of these courses are offered only on campus.


CEC 536/LIN 532 Second Language Acquisition* (prerequisites: permission of the instructor and LIN 530, or LIN 531 & 523)
CEL 541/LIN 541 Bilingualism*
CEL 542/LIN 542 Sociolinguistics*
LIN 530 Introduction to General Linguistics*

*Requires the permission of the instructor to enroll.

Note: The information contained on this page is valid as of 1/30/2014.

Statement of Student Responsibility

Students themselves—whether new, returning, or continuing—are responsible for reviewing, understanding, and adhering to their degree and/or certificate program requirements. Students should keep in mind that degree requirements are separate and distinct from requirements for teacher/administrator certification and resulting initial and/or professional licenses.  Each student is responsible for reviewing, understanding and adhering to his/her certification requirements.  For further information, visit NYSED at


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