The TESOL minor is a set of courses that are related to teaching English to speakers of other languages. This minor primarily is for students who are interested in teaching English to speakers of other languages, whether that be teaching English abroad or teaching ESL students in U.S. public schools (K-12). It is also appropriate for students who are going into social work or other professions that require regular interaction with nonnative English speakers.

The TESOL minor will not certify students to teach in New Hampshire public schools (K-12). For that purpose, students must complete the ESL certification program that is offered at the graduate level by the Education and English departments. However, the coursework in this minor will provide a very good foundation for students who want to later pursue ESL certification or an M.A. in TESOL at UNH or another institution. English Teaching majors may double-count ENGL 791 towards both their teaching major and the TESOL minor. Teaching majors who intend to later get dual certification in English and ESOL may use ENGL 719/LING 719 and its pre-requisite ENGL 405/LING 405 to satisfy their race requirement. 

The TESOL minor requires the following five courses:

ENGL 715Teaching English as a Second Language: Theory and Methods4
ENGL 716Curriculum, Materials and Assessment in English as a Second Language4
Select one of the following courses on the structure of English:4
English Grammar
Introduction to Linguistics
Select two of the following approved TESOL electives:8
Language and Linguistic Diversity in Schools
English Grammar 1
Introduction to Linguistics 1
Sociolinguistics Survey
Issues in Second Language Writing (WI)
History of the English Language (WI)
Special Topics in Linguistics (when offered on a TESOL-related topic (WI))
Methods of Foreign Language Teaching
Special topics courses that are related to TESOL 2
Total Credits20

Whichever was not taken before


The TESOL coordinator can provide you with a list of available courses for a particular semester.

Students must receive a C- or better in each course and achieve a 2.0 GPA in the five courses.

No more than eight transfer credits will be accepted.

For more information about the TESOL minor, please contact Soo Hyon Kim, soohyon.kim@unh.edu, 603-862-5290.