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 Minor in TESL; they are one of the state’s requirements for receiving the TESOL endorsement.

University Core Curriculum 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).


Engaged Learning Experiences  

Students must complete, at Northeastern, three courses designated as Engaged Learning Experiences courses. One of the Engaged Learning Experiences courses must be at the 300-level, and one Engaged Learning Experiences course must be designated as "Boundary Crossing".


Discipline Specific (ELE-DS)

These courses have pre-requisites that are specific courses within a program of study. Discipline Specific courses give students a deeper understanding of how knowledge is created and applied in their field.


Boundary Crossing (ELE-X)

These are courses that cross disciplinary boundaries and/or cross boundaries through engagements outside the classroom or University allowing students to see how knowledge gained in one field might inform other fields or other aspects of society.


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.


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

Minor in TESL (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