Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) PreK-12 with prior NYS Certification (MA) – Course Sequence and Program Tracker

  • Academic Plan: TESOL-MA
  • Sub Plan: TESOLANYSC
  • Track 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 33 credits in this program. 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 four semesters if these guidelines are carefully followed and the student plans their coursework with a faculty advisor. All courses listed here are requirements for graduation.

First Semester


These courses must be taken first:

  • EDESL 783 – Methodology of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (3 credits, 45 fieldwork hours)
  • LING 703 – Analysis and Structure of English 1 (3 credits)

These courses are prerequisites for 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 two courses in your first semester, take:

  • BILED 701 – Foundations of Bilingual Education (3 credits, includes 5 fieldwork hours)

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)
  • SPARC Sexual Harassment Training (Hunter requirement for all students)
  • 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 Student Teaching


EDESL 783, LING 703 are prerequisites:

  • EDESL 787 – K12 ESL Curriculum & Materials across the content areas (3 credits, includes 30 fieldwork hours)
  • LING 704 – Analysis and Structure of English 2 (3 credits, includes 10 fieldwork hours)
  • One more course from the list below for a total of 18 credits (LING 773 recommended)

Additional Hunter Requirements

Complete before beginning supervised teaching:

  • Satisfy Admissions Conditions, if any, prior to supervised teaching
  • Make up incomplete grades, if any, prior to supervised teaching
  • Content Specialty Test (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 783, LING 703 are prerequisites:


  • LING 773 Instructed Second Language Acquisition (3 credits, includes 15 fieldwork hours)
  • EDESL 775 – Socio-Cultural Aspects of Language (3 credits)
  • EDESL 791 – Language Assessment and Diagnosis of Special Needs in TESOL (3 credits)
  • EDESL 792 – Second Language Literacy and Technology (3 credits, includes 15 fieldwork hours)

Penultimate Semester


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

Additional Requirements

  • Check your TEACH account and rectify any errors or omissions
  • Apply for graduation from Hunter
  • Pass Content Specialty Test (CST) – ESOL prior to EDSEL 753

Final Semester


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

Additional Requirements

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


  • BILED 701 and 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