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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.


  • 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

The certificate programs provide students primarily with volunteer and mission-based 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.
  • Teaching English by serving in short-term and long-term mission contexts.

Real-world learning opportunities

Students spend time observing a variety of ESL classrooms and reflecting on their observations.

More TESOL options

Multnomah also offers the following TESOL programs:

  • BA with a major in TESOL
    The major consists of 30 semester hours of Intercultural Studies and Linguistics in addition to the Bible and General Education requirements.
  • BA with a minor in TESOL
    The minor consists of 18 hours of TESOL and Intercultural Studies coursework Linguistics in addition to the Bible and General Education requirements.
  • Master of Arts in TESOL
    For students who already have a bachelor’s degree, we offer a 37-credit master’s program. This program, which can be completed in two years, provides students with on-campus and international practicum opportunities.