Education & Teaching
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English As A Second Language

If you love the English language, enjoy teaching and are fascinated by other cultures, countries, people, and the chance of teaching internationally, a degree in English As A Second Language Education could be the perfect fit for you.

Types of Degrees

English As A Second Language students typically pursue a bachelor's degree (4 years) in education with a concentration in English As A Second Language theory and instruction. Master's (6-7 years) and doctorate degrees (8+ years) usually lead to administrative positions or jobs in post-secondary teaching. Teaching English As A Second Language (TESOL) certifications are also an option for those looking to teach English abroad. Most states require public school teachers to pass a certification/licensure exam prior to teaching.

Admission Requirements

A high school diploma or equivalent is required, with a strong academic background in English coursework and experience teaching, tutoring, and/or coaching helping applicants obtain acceptance into their desired school. Each school has its own specific requirements, making it important for you to explore several options before settling on a specific school.

Career Opportunities After Earning An English As a Second Language Degree

The range of career opportunities available to someone with a degree in English As a Second Language Education include:

  • English As A Second Language Instructor
  • Adult Literacy Teacher
  • High School Equivalency Diploma Teacher
  • Information based on national data, not school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary.

Post Graduate Salary Information

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean salary for an Adult Basic Education, Adult Secondary Education, and English as a Second Language Instructor were $58,980 in 2019 (1) while Adult Basic and Secondary Education and ESL Teachers earned a median salary of $54,350 in 2019. (2)

Note that the average salary varies widely not only depending on the career chosen but on geographical location and employer. Conditions in your area may vary.

References

  1. Bureau of Labor Statistics
  2. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Careers associated with these educational opportunities often require additional degrees and certifications not offered as part of the educational opportunities presented by this website.

Information based on national data, not school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary.