Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

The Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) concentration consists of a coherent set of courses that are related to teaching English to speakers of other languages. This concentration is designed for students who are interested in teaching English as a foreign language (EFL). It will also be a good preparation for students who want to later pursue graduate studies in the MTESL program at ASU or in a similar program at another institution. Note that this concentration does not certify students to teach in Arizona public schools (K-12). Interested students should approach the TESOL certificate coordinator, a faculty member supervising the program, to discuss whether they could complete the 18 credits of the program as well as decide on the electives they would like to take.


  • Students must complete a minimum of 18 credit hours including 12 of upper division hours for this concentration.
  • All courses must be completed with a grade of “C” (2.00) or higher.
  • All courses must be ASU credit.
  • * ENG 404 Studies in Second Language Acquisition is a repeatable for credit course in specialized topics in second language teaching & learning; topics vary by semester and students are required to take one course in SLA theory, one course in TESOL methods and one additional course with a different topic.
  • Students wishing to add this concentration must consult with the TESOL certificate coordinator, a faculty member supervising the program, in order to create a cohesive and comprehensive program of study.

Core 6 hours

ENG 213 Introduction to the Study of Language (3)
OR SLC 201 Introduction to Linguistics, HU or SB (3) (may be substituted with approval of advisor)
OR ASB 480 Principles of Linguistics (3) (may be substituted with approval of advisor)

ENG 484 Internship

Theory / Methods 6 hours

ENG 404 SLA Theory (3) (Prerequisites: ENG 200 with C or better; Minimum 56 hours)*

ENG 404 TESOL Methods (3)*

Electives 6 Hours Total Required
Required Elective 3 hours

ENG 404 Studies in Second Language Acquisition (with a different topic than theory or methods) Required (3)*

Select additional Elective course (3 hours) from the following:

ENG 404 Studies in Second Language Acquisition (with a different topic than theory or methods) (3)* 

ENG 214 English Grammar and Usage (3)

ENG 313 Phonology and Morphology (3)

ENG 314 Modern Grammar (3)

ENG 312 English in its Social Setting, L or HU or SB (3)

ENG 413 History of English Language, HU (3)




All Interdisciplinary Studies students are required to complete a 12 credit hour core.

BIS 301, BIS 302 and BIS 402 courses require:

  • A meeting with your academic advisor to:
    Ensure both of your concentration areas have been declared
    Are working towards completing (or have completed) 1-2 courses in each declared concentration

  • One course meeting general studies MA requirement
  • ENG 102 or ENG 105 or ENG 108 or First Year Composition Completed
  • Minimum 2.00 GPA

Required Courses (12 credit hours):

BIS 301 Foundations of Interdisciplinary Studies, L (3)

BIS 302 Interdisciplinary Inquiry (3)
     Prerequisite(s): BIS 301 with C or better

BIS 401 Applied Interdisciplinary Studies (3) (requires application)
     Prerequisites: BIS 301 with C or better; BIS 302 with C or better; Minimum of two courses completed in each concentration area

BIS 402 Senior Seminar, L (3)
     Prerequisite(s): BIS 301 with C or better; BIS 302 with C or better

For important information, additional major requirements, course descriptions, and application deadlines: Interdisciplinary Studies Core Courses

For assistance in selecting your concentration areas of study complete the Interdisciplinary Studies concentration workshop: Interdisciplinary Studies Pre-Advising Workshop

Transfer to ASU transfer.asu.edu

Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) transfer students transfer.asu.edu/maricopa

  • Courses may fulfill Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC) or Associate’s degree requirements, consult with your community college academic advisor for details.
  • MCCCD course transfer equivalencies are listed here; they may be applied toward this concentration (maximum of six credits or two courses).
  • Information listed was current for this catalog year at the time of printing, consult transfer.asu.edu/maricopa for verification.









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