Earn your ESL program Specialist Certification in as just three semesters, or a TESOL Master’s degree in just five semesters, in our new seven-week format. The 30-credit Master of Science in Education with a major in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) will qualify educators to teach others whose first language is not English. Graduates will be prepared to instruct and serve as administrators in K-12 School districts or abroad.
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Why Study TESOL at Wilkes?
The world is becoming more linguistically diverse and there’s a growing demand for teachers equipped with training and experience in teaching English as a second language, both in the K-12 and international market. Projected through 2030, jobs in the TESOL/ESL fields are expected to increase by 11 to 14%.
Having a master’s in TESOL will greatly expand your career opportunities, opening doors to teaching in a variety of domestic and international settings. Explore pathways to work in K-12 classrooms, community colleges, universities, or within government organizations.
TESOL International Association’s position is that the Master of Science in Education with a major in TESOL (or a related area) is considered the terminal degree for teaching positions in English as a second, foreign, or additional language. Having a master's degree in TESOL denotes a well prepared and properly trained professional in the field.
What Will You Learn as a TESOL Student?
- You’ll learn various approaches to second language learning and teaching, and how to apply them to the learners' individual needs, both in K-12 schools in the U.S. and internationally, as well as how to formulate, design, teach and assess second language lesson plans and curriculum to assist students in acquiring essential second language skills.
- You’ll establish a foundation in linguistic terminology, second language assessment, intercultural communication and pragmatic theory in the second language classroom, and learn to evaluate the latest theoretical constructs and research findings in the areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing.
- You’ll examine and apply theories of second language acquisition and sociolinguistics, to lesson planning, classroom instruction, curricular development, program development and assessment, as well as second language syllabus design, needs analysis, curriculum design, and assessment techniques.
- You’ll incorporate technology and computer assisted language learning to lesson planning and learn how to evaluate other second language professionals, and build strong second language programs.