Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Bachelor of Science

SUNY Oswego's program in teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) prepares you to specialize in teaching English to non-native English speakers in an increasingly globalized environment.


The unique program, which offers both linguistics and education courses, combines three years of intensive academic study with a year of clinically rich experience, during which you’ll be immersed in schools, coached by certified English as a second language (ESL) teachers and supported by Oswego’s faculty. TESOL majors can seek initial certification upon graduation and apply to teach ESL in K-12 schools.

Apply for tuition assistantships, scholarships and study-abroad opportunities. Join the Linguistics Club. Interact with students of diverse backgrounds — including international students majoring in teaching English in their home countries. You can pursue a second major or a minor in linguistics, a foreign language, cognitive science or other fields.

Our Clinical Practice and Partnerships Office can connect you with opportunities to learn in and lead classrooms in a diverse offering of locations.

A Revitalized School of Education

Recently, SUNY Oswego has brought all six departments of the School of Education into a rejuvenated 21st century home complete with cutting-edge facility designs and equipment for teachers of the future.

Career Opportunities

  • Teaching
  • Community centers for refugees and immigrants
  • Global corporations

Studying abroad in South Korea was easily the best decision I've made in my life. I learned so much about myself and about other cultures, and it helped me decide what I want to do in the future.

Program Resources

The Oswego Guarantee

  • Timely course offerings
  • High touch connections to alumni
  • Small student to faculty ratio
  • Limited room & board increases each year
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