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)

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 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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