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Teaching English as a Second/Foreign Language (TESOL), Minor

Undergraduate students may complete a minor in Teaching English as a Second/Foreign Language. Minor Declaration Forms may be obtained from the department office (Room LWH 3062) or from the Office of the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences (Room BBH 158). Be sure to indicate code M150 when completing the form.

Undergraduate students working toward the completion of a degree in the College of Education that will culminate in their earning a valid Illinois teaching certificate (Type 03, 04, 09, or 10) may simultaneously complete the requirements recognized by Northeastern Illinois University's College of Education and the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) for an endorsement in TESOL. The State requirements include successful completion of the coursework identified for the minor along with completion of 100 hours of TESL clinical experience; students should register for TESL 399.

Note: The 100 Clinical hours are not a requirement of the TESL minor; they are one of the State’s requirements for receiving TESL Approval and can be fulfilled by taking TESL-399.

In Addition, your transcripts will only reflect the minor, not the endorsement. Since the State of Illinois grants the endorsement, you will need to submit your paperwork together with your application for your teaching certification. Click here to be re-routed to the Illinois State Board of Education ESL endorsement page.


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Minor Requirements

Course Number

Course Name

10-18 credits

English Language for Teachers
3 credits
English Grammar: Description and Instruction
3 credits
Language and Culture
3 credits
Language, Society and Education
3 credits
TESL: Principles of Language Teaching
3 credits
TESL: Practices and Procedures
3 credits
TESL: Assessment
3 credits
Assessment in the Bilingual Classroom
3 credits
Clinical Experience in TESL            
1 credit

*Required for COE teacher candidates who are also seeking State of Illinois endorsement in TESL; not required for non-teacher candidates seeking minor only.

For questions regarding a Minor in TESOL please contact Dr. William Stone: or (773) 442-5880 or see the TESOL Faculty page.

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