The TESOL Program offers courses leading to an undergraduate minor. In addition, these same courses can be taken by students in the College of Education who are pursuing state licensure for teaching (license types 03, 04, 09, or 10) and would simultaneously like to work toward an endorsement for teaching English as a second language in the State of Illinois. Students seeking the TESOL Endorsement will also need to complete an additional 100 clinical hours in an ESL setting; these should be completed in conjunction with enrollment in TESL 399.

Please note: The 100 clinical hours are NOT a requirement of the TESL Minor; they are one of the state’s requirements for receiving the TESOL endorsement.

General Education - Distributive Learning Requirements

General Education Distribution Area Cr. Hrs.
Fine Arts (FA)*
2 courses, from at least two of the following areas of study: Art, CMT (Mass Media or Theatre), Music (includes Dance).
Humanities (HU)*
3 courses, from at least two of the following areas of study: CMT (Communication), English, Linguistics. Philosophy, Women's and Gender Studies, World Languages and Cultures, (Note: No more than two foreign language courses may be used to fulfill this requirement.)

Behavioral/Social Sciences (SB)*

3 courses, from at least two of the following areas of study: African & African American Studies, Anthropology, Computer Science, Economics, Geography & Environmental Studies, History, Justice Studies, Latino & Latin American Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Social Work


Natural Sciences (NS and NSL)**

3 courses, from at least two of the following areas of study; one course must have a laboratory component (NSL): Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Environmental Science, Physics (Note: If an FYE ANTH that counts as Natural Science is taken, only one Biology course may be used for Natural Science).


Math/Quantitative Reasoning (MA)

1 Math course, that has intermediate Algebra as prerequisite OR is a course listed on the General Education Distributive Learning List of Approved Courses. Any 3 hour college level math course, beyond Intermediate Algebra, meets this requirement.

At least 3

Majors in Fine Arts, Humanities or Social/Behavioral Sciences, may waive up to 6 credit hours of General Education requirements in the corresponding distribution area.


 Majors in Natural Sciences may waive up to 9 credit hours of General Education requirements in the Natural Sciences distribution area.


Students should also be aware of all other university requirements to obtain a degree - NEIU requirements

Minor in TESL/TEFL (18 credit hours)

Required Courses 1
TESL-301The English Language For Teachers3
TESL-310English Grammar: Description & Instruction3
TESL-330Language, Society, And Education3
or TESL-320K Language & Culture: Latin America
TESL-341Principles Of Language Teaching3
TESL-340Practices & Procedures3
TESL-343TESL Assessment3
or BLBC-342 Assessment In The Bilingual Classroom
Total Hours18

 Alternate options may be available to fulfill the minor. Please contact the TESOL undergraduate advisor.