What can you do with a TESOL degree?

  • Understand universal components of language. (TE1)
  • Gain exposure to current language acquisition theory. (TE2)
  • Understand theoretical foundations and practical approaches for teaching each skill area. (TE3)
  • Skillfully employ a wide variety of teaching techniques. (TE4)
  • Design curriculum for language courses. (TE5)
  • Understand the sociopolitical, economic, cultural and educational contexts in which English is taught around the world. (TE6)

Common career paths

Students will graduate equipped for a variety of employment opportunities, including:

  • Teaching English in the U.S. to refugees and immigrants through community-based programs
  • Teaching abroad in elementary and secondary educational settings, language schools, and multinational corporations.
  • Becoming a teacher-trainer and curriculum developer for global ministries’ organizations

Job outlook

“Given the broad geographic spread of English, and the variety of world Englishes being spoken globally, English is seen less and less as a 'foreign' language, and more as an additional language. In other words, learning English is no longer viewed as something optional, but essential. English has become the most widely taught language in the world.”
– TESOL Position Statement on English as a Global Language (2008)

Whether students are looking to teach overseas or in the US, the demand for highly trained English language teachers is on the rise.  As the discipline of English language teaching has expanded its horizons, there is a great demand, not just for teachers, but for highly qualified and trained professionals who can implement best practices in diverse classrooms and help their students achieve success.