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ARCHIVED 2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
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Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), Minor

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The TESOL minor provides a basic course of study for the methodology, theory and practice of teaching English as a second language. The minor provides an opportunity to seek NC ESL licensure as an add-on to primary licensure in another area. The minor requires the following:

Minor Requirements (18 Hours)

Linguistics Requirement

Methods Requirement

Choose one (three hours) of these two courses. It is recommended that students seeking initial licensure with a concentration in Language Arts (all levels) complete ENGL 416. Students seeking licensure with concentrations in Math, Science, and Social Studies (all levels) complete ENGL 413.

Note: Students should complete ENGL 312 and ENGL 415 before enrolling in ENGL 413 or 416.

Practicum Requirements

The practicum requirement may, in some circumstances, be met by the practicum/student teaching in a student’s initial licensure area. The practicum must contain a significant English Language Learners (ELL) K-12 component. See the TESOL/ESL director for approval of the practicum requirement.

TESOL Courses (9 hours)

ESL Add-on Licensure (K12) Optional Requirements

NC ESL licensure (K-12) is available for students pursuing initial licensure in another area. NC ESL licensure is only available as an add-on license for students receiving primary licensure in the following areas: Elementary, Middle Grades, and Secondary content areas only (English, Science, Social Studies, and Math education).

To be recommended for licensure, students mustsuccessfully complete the following:

  • The TESOL minor
  • Either the PRAXIS II Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages exam


  • Six additional hours of licensure-related coursework.

PRAXIS Exam Option

Students seeking the NC ESL licensure (K-12) who achieve a successful score on the PRAXIS II Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages exam can choose this option instead of six hours of additional licensure-related classes. See TESOL program director for information concerning current score requirements.

Two-course (six hour) option

Students can choose six additional hours of coursework selected from the following, instead of the PRAXIS II (see above)

Note: The six-hour requirement is in addition to the 18 hour minor. ESL Courses listed in the minor may be used to satisfy the requirement to obtain add-on licensure only if they are taken in addition to 18 hours of ESL courses completed to satisfy the minor.)

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