The Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language (MA TESL) will prepare you for teaching ESL/EFL in a classroom setting in a variety of contexts: K-12 schools, intensive English language programs, adult basic education programs, or community college programs. It is intended for individuals who have previous training or experience in a related field, such as education, English, or other language study. While the master’s degree may lead to an add-on K-12 license in ESL for already certified teachers, it will not provide initial preparation for individuals who do not hold an existing license. Since licensure requirements vary from state to state, you should consult licensing boards in the state in wish to work to determine whether the MA TESL will meet the requirements in that state.
This certificate will provide training in the knowledge and skills necessary to teach English as a second or foreign language. It is applicable to licensure in teaching ESL in Minnesota if you have also completed a teacher preparation program. Completion of the certificate requires 20 credits, which includes 2 credits of an internship in TESL. Licensure may require additional credits depending on your background and state in which licensure is sought.
Teaching English as a Second Language Certificate Gainful Employment Report
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