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ESL (English Second Language): Adult Education for ESL Teachers

Would you like to have fascinating encounters with other cultures every day, or perhaps even live and work in another culture? Certification in ESL, TESL, TESOL, or TEFL could land you a job teaching English as a second language in a school, college, university, or even overseas!

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Teach ESL at an Elementary or Secondary School

In order to teach ESL at the elementary, middle, or high school level you will need a background in education sufficient to earn teacher certification in your state, then you will also need additional coursework in the area of second language learning (as well as some coursework in bilingualism and biculturalism) in order to earn endorsement in ESL.

Teach ESL to Adult Learners

To teach ESL at the adult education level you should have at least a bachelor's degree in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) or Teaching English for Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). You could also hold a bachelor's in English, linguistics, or a related subject with a TESL certificate.

Teach ESL at a College or University

ESL instructors at the college or university level will need at least a master's degree in TESL or TESOL, although a PhD is preferred for instruction at an advanced level. Such instruction might occur when working with students from other countries whose English may be fluent but who may be struggling with terminology particular to the subject they are studying.

Teach ESL Abroad

If you think you would like to travel the world, a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) or TESOL certificate will allow you to do just that. You can even study abroad to receive your internationally recognized TEFL or TESOL certificate - programs are offered in such locations as the Philippines, India, Thailand, Vietnam, France, Spain, Italy, Argentina, and Costa Rica. Earn your certificate, and then stay in-country (or travel to a new one) to start your new career right away!

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