Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) – with prior MA in TESOL or Linguistics (Advanced Certificate) – Course Sequence and Program Tracker

  • Academic Plan: TESOL-AC
  • Program 2

Please note, this course sequence contains updated requirements that will be reflected in the 2019-2020 Course Catalog. Students must follow the requirements listed below and not those contained within the 2018-2019 Course Catalog.

Students are required to complete 27 credits in this program, unless specific prior coursework is waived. Students must consult with a faculty advisor in TESOL to determine their planned course of study before registering for classes. The following is a general guide to successful and timely completion of the program. The program may be completed in as few as three semesters plus summer coursework, if these guidelines are followed, the student begins the program in Spring semester, and the student carefully plans their coursework with a faculty advisor. All courses listed here are requirements for graduation.

Students who graduate from their teacher preparation programs in Fall 2023 or later, will be required to complete a teacher preparation assessment (TPA) as a requirement for program completion. As of April 2022, the Hunter College School of Education is reviewing the options for the TPA and we will have more information available for students in the coming months.

First Semester


These courses must be taken first:

  • EDESL 783 – Methodology of TESOL for K12 students (3 credits, includes 45 Fieldwork hours)
  • Any prerequisite courses, as noted by Hunter School of Education admissions.

EDESL 783 must be taken before other courses in the program. If you can only take one course per semester, take EDESL 783 first. If you wish to take more than one course in your first semester, and you have no outstanding prerequisite course requirements, take either or both of:

  • BILED 701 – Foundations of Bilingual Education (3 credits, includes 5 fieldwork hours)
  • CEDF 713 – Child and Adolescence Development (3 credits)

Additional Certification and Hunter Requirements

It is recommended to complete these in your first or second semester:

  • Dignity for All Students (DASA) Workshop
    • can be taken any time before graduation
  • School Violence Prevention Workshop
    • take prior to EDESL 752
  • SPARC Sexual Harassment Training
    • Hunter requirement for all students
  • Child Abuse Prevention / Mandated Reporter Workshop
    • take prior to EDESL 752
  • First 12 credits (four classes): No grades of F, no more than one grade below B, overall GPA above 3.0

Subsequent Semester(s) but Prior to Supervised Teaching


EDESL 783 is a prerequisite.

  • EDESL 787 – K12 ESL Curriculum and Materials across the content areas (3 credits, includes 30 fieldwork hours)
  • SPED 708 – Teaching Students With Special Needs (3 credits)

Additional Requirements to be Completed Before Beginning Supervised Teaching

  • Satisfy Admissions Conditions, if any, prior to supervised teaching
  • Make up incomplete grades, if any, prior to supervised teaching
  • Educating All Students (EAS) Exam (Must pass before second semester of supervised teaching; recommended after taking EDESL 783, LING 703, SPED 708)
  • CST ESOL (Must pass before second semester of supervised teaching; recommended after taking EDESL 783, LING 773, BILED 701)
  • Apply for supervised teaching the semester before you plan to begin student teaching

May be taken prior to OR during supervised teaching

  • EDESL 791 – Language Assessment and Diagnosis of Special Needs in TESOL (3 credits)
  • EDESL 792 – Second Language Literacy and Technology (3 credits, includes fieldwork)

Penultimate Semester


  • EDESL 752 – Supervised Teaching 1 (3 credits, full-time Monday – Friday in schools)
  • Any of the above courses not yet taken

Additional Requirements

  • Pass Educating All Students (EAS) and Content Specialty Test (CST) – ESOL prior to EDESL 753
  • Check your TEACH account and rectify any errors or omissions
  • Apply for graduation from Hunter by deadline

Final Semester


  • EDESL 753 – Supervised Teaching 2 (3 credits, full-time Monday – Friday in schools)
  • Any remaining coursework

Additional Requirements

  • Make up any incomplete grades
  • Check in with Office of Academic and Student Affairs (OASA) and faculty advisor
  • Complete Eportfolio Assignment (completed in EDESL 753)
  • Apply for certification


  • BILED 701, CEDF 713, SPED 708, EDESL 787 are also normally offered in summer months
  • EDESL 787 is an online course which meets two Saturdays each semester. Other courses are offered in a traditional format unless otherwise noted.
  • Must achieve a grade of B or better in the following courses: EDESL 783, EDESL 787, EDESL 752, EDESL 753