Catalog 2010-2012

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)- Teaching

The Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)-Teaching major requires a minimum of 120 total hours to graduate. This total includes Liberal Arts Core requirements (pages xxx-xxx), the Professional Education Requirements (page xxx), the specified major requirements, plus electives to complete the minimum of 120 hours. Liberal Arts Core courses included in major program requirements are distinguished by italics.

Student teaching at both the K-8 and 5-12 levels is required to earn the ESL K-12 endorsement on an Iowa teaching license.



  English: literature core-at least one course from each group.....9 hours

    a. 620:034

    b. 620:042 or 620:053

    c. 620:040 or 620:043 or 620:053

Note: 620:053 may be used for b or c but not both.

  English: one of the following: 620:103, 620:104, 620:105, 620:193.....3 hours

  TESOL/Applied Linguistics:

    630:125 or 630:130; 630:160 or 630:163.....6 hours

    630:154; 630:165; 630:192; 630:193; 630:194; 630:196.....18 hours

Electives in TESOL/Applied Linguistics.....3 hours

Electives in literature or TESOL/Applied Linguistics.....3 hours

42 hours


Note: International students must have achieved a TOEFL paper-based score of 600 or computer-based score of 250 or the equivalent in order to demonstrate their proficiency in English.

It is strongly recommended that native speakers of English majoring in TESOL programs demonstrate a basic competence in a foreign language either by obtaining at least a C grade in the second semester of a language course or by passing a proficiency examination.