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5-year Program in Linguistics and Italian Combined Degree: BA + MAT

Combined Degree: BA + MAT
LIN major + ITL second major + MAT ITL
ESL/ENL (K-12) + ITL (7-12) Certification

For additional information please contact: Sarah Jourdain,

I. Linguistics major

The following six courses are required for the LIN major:

LIN 101 Human Language
LIN 201 Phonetics
LIN 301 Phonology
LIN 311 Syntax
LIN 405 Writing in Linguistics
LIN 431 Structure of an Uncommonly Taught Language

The following three courses are required for the TESOL certification:

LIN 307 Introduction to Sociolinguistics
LIN 375 TESOL Pedagogy: Theory and Practice (**see V below)
LIN 378 TESOL Pedagogy: Language and Literacy Development (**see V below)

Three additional electives are required, chosen in consultation with the Undergraduate Program Director in Linguistics:

Example: LIN 230 Languages of the World
Example: LIN 321 Morphology
Example: ITL 425 Italian Dialects (counts as both LIN and ITL elective)

II. Italian (ITL) second major

Thirty-six (36) ITL credits, chosen in consultation with the Undergraduate Italian Director:

ITL 311 Italian Conversation and Composition I
ITL 312 Italian Conversation and Composition II
ITL 395 Readings in Italian Literature I
ITL 396 Readings in Italian Literature II
ITL 411 Advanced Conversation and Composition
ITL 412 Advanced Conversation and Syntax
Six additional courses; two may be at the 200-level

III. Graduate Italian course work for MAT ITL

Fifteen (15) ITL credits at the graduate (500) level, chosen with approval of the Graduate Director:

ITL 501 Contemporary Italy
ITL 508 Advanced Grammar and Stylistics
One of the following courses in Italian Linguistics
ITL 507 “Italian Linguistics” • ITL 511 “History of the Italian Language”
ITL 512 “Italian Dialects” • ITL 513 “Romance Linguistics”
One course in literature
One elective

IV. General Professional Preparation

SSE 350 Foundations of American Education
CEF 347 or CEF 547 Introduction to Special Education
PSY 327 Introduction to Human Development
LIN 344 Literacy Development

V. Professional Preparation in TESOL & World Languages: Methods courses

Students should consult with the Director of the TESOL program for additional information about the TESOL courses.

LIN 375 TESOL Pedagogy: Theory and Practice, 3 credits (“Methods I”) (**see I above)
& LIN 449 Field Experience N-12, 1 credit
LIN 378 TESOL Pedagogy: Language and Literacy Development, 3 credits (“Methods II”) (**see I above)
& LIN 450 Field Experience N-12, 1 credit
FLA 506 Curriculum Development in World Languages, 3 credits
& FLA 550 Field Experience in World Languages, 1 credit

VI. Professional Preparation in TESOL & World Languages: Student Teaching

LIN 574 Managing Instruction, Assessment and Resources, 1-2 credits (“Student Teaching Seminar, TESOL”)
& LIN 581 Supervised Student Teaching in TESOL, 3 credits
FLA 554 Student Teaching Seminar in World Languages, 1-2 credits
& FLA 552 Supervised Student Teaching in World Languages, 3 credits

VII. All Teacher candidates must attend four (4) seminars and be fingerprinted

Training in Identifying and Reporting Suspected Cases of Child Abuse
Identification and Referral of Substance Abuse
Prevention of School Violence
Dignity for All Students
For information call 631-632-7022 or register  on the SPD website.


Prior to Student Teaching, World Language candidates must participate in an official ACTFL OPI (Oral Proficiency Interview) and receive a minimum spoken proficiency rating of Advanced Low. Please consult the Foreign Language Teacher Preparation Advisor for information on signing up for this interview. Additional information is at:

IX. NYS Teacher Certification Exams

Current requirements (please consult your Advisor for updates to these requirements):

Educating All Students (EAS)
Content Specialty Test (CST) – ESOL
Content Specialty Test (CST) – Italian, grades 7-12
Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA) – done during student teaching
For information or registration go to:

 For More Information

Dr. Sarah Jourdain, Director
Foreign Language Teacher Preparation Program
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY 11794-4310
Telephone: 631-632-7440 

Dr. Marie Huffman, Director
Undergraduate Linguistics Program

Irene Marchegiani
Italian Studies Program Coordinator