Top Schools for ESL Teaching

ESL (English as a second language) and TESOL (Teachers of English to speakers of other languages) programs prepare teachers to instruct students who did not learn English as their first language. Such programs may supplement elementary and secondary teaching programs to train teachers to meet the language needs of their students. Alternatively, individuals in these programs learn to provide direct language instruction to students outside of the regular classroom.

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Notable Schools for ESL Teaching

1. Columbia University at New York, NY

The Teachers College at Columbia University was ranked fourth on the U.S. News & World Report Best Education Schools list in 2011. It was also ranked second on the U.S. News & World Report Elementary Teacher Education specialty and fourth on the Curriculum and Instruction specialty lists in 2011. The Teachers College offers a certificate program in TESOL, as well as master's degrees and a doctoral program in TESOL. Students who plan to teach in a New York State public school can complete a master's degree in TESOL with K-12 certification.

2. University of Hawai'i at Manoa

U.S. News & World Report ranked the University of Hawai'i 35th on it Best Education Schools list in 2011. The University of Hawai'i has one of the oldest ESL departments in this field and offers a bachelor's degree in second language studies. The master's and doctoral degree programs in second language studies allow students to specialize in area such as language teacher or second language acquisition.

3. University of Pittsburg in PA

The University of Pittsburg was ranked 23rd on U.S. News & World Report's Best Education School list in 2011. It was also one of The Princeton Review's 'Best Northeastern Colleges' in 2012. Students attending the University of Pittsburg can complete the ESL Program Specialist endorsement to add to an existing Pennsylvania teacher license. Alternatively, they may complete the TESOL Certification for Higher Education Program to prepare to work in administrative positions within ESL departments at elementary schools, secondary schools, school districts and colleges.

Leading Schools for ESL Teaching

School Name Distinction Location
Arizona State University Teachers can complete an elementary education degree with an endorsement in ESL Phoenix, AZ
Columbia University Sponsors the Community Language Program where students teach English to adults New York, NY
Michigan State University Offers a minor in ESL for both elementary and secondary education majors East Lansing, MI
Pennsylvania State University Students can earn ESL Certificate through online coursework and a 4-week immersion experience in Ecuador University Park, PA
University of Hawai'i - Manoa Offers B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. programs in Second Language Studies Honolulu, HI
University of Illinois - Urbana Endorsements in bilingual education available for students seeking elementary education teacher certification Champaign, IL
University of Minnesota Offers ESL minors and a master's degree in ESL Minneapolis, MN
University of Pennsylvania Offers a Master of Science in Education with a TESOL specialization Philadelphia, PA
University of Pittsburgh Offers a certificate program, master's degree and Ph.D. in ESL Pittsburgh, PA
University of Southern California TESOL program offered entirely online Los Angeles, CA
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