Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor Major

A major/degree in Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor is a program that focuses on the principles and practice of teaching English to students who are not proficient in English or who do not speak, read, or write English, and that may prepare individuals to function as teachers and administrators in such programs.

Includes instruction in foreign language and linguistics in addition to the major/degree course requirements of initial teacher licensure. (requirements vary by state)

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Search for colleges that offer a degree in Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor (use the College Search feature and enter "Teaching English as a Second Language" or "ESL Language Education” in the major search field). Read the school’s department pages, they are often loaded with useful and specific information about the field.

What can you do with a major/degree in Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor?

With a major/degree in Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor you will likely work in a school or educational setting. Typically, a minimum of a bachelor’s degree is required.

Trade Associations and Professional Organizations in Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor

Professional associations are groups of specialists dedicated to topics in particular fields. Professional associations provide a wealth of online resources, some of which are geared specifically towards students. These organizations typically also host conferences and events, providing great opportunities for learning and networking across your field of interest.

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