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Designed to fit the needs of the working professional with evening classes and admission throughout the year, SU's TESOL program encourages students to choose electives that focus on future career interests, including:

  • Teaching in the US or abroad
  • Foreign language teaching
  • Basic studies instruction in community colleges
  • ESOL school administration

Who Should Apply?

Our graduates teach adults with varying instructional needs in colleges or intensive English language programs in the U.S. and abroad. TESOL instructors are prepared to teach:

  • Recent immigrants and non-traditional students enrolled in community college or university Adult Basic Education/English as a Second Language programs
  • International students of intensive English programs (academic English) who are interested in studying for an undergraduate or graduate degree in U.S.
  • Learners of English as a Foreign Language in pre K-12 and higher education settings in other countries
  • Professionals of diverse backgrounds and interests in business, technology, science, tourism, and other settings that require English for specific purposes
  • English language learners of the Peace Corps and English Language Fellow Programs

Where our Graduates Work

Graduates of the TESOL program work overseas in K-college settings and private language institutes or work in the United States in community colleges, non-profit agencies, Intensive English Programs affiliated with universities, and in private language schools and business. 

Students with K-12 teaching credentials may work in public and private school systems. Graduates may also elect to continue their studies by pursuing a Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics, TESOL, or related fields (see Program Advisor for information on Ph.D. programs in the United States and Canada).

Graduates teach all levels of ESOL, from pre-literate to TOEFL-preparation. Graduates teach a variety of classes: reading, writing, speaking, listening, grammar, and pronunciation, as well as integrated ESOL curricula. Graduates may also seek employment in ESOL program administration, teacher education, international student advising, materials development, tutoring, or foreign language.