TESL/TEFL is the application of linguistics to the teaching of English as a second or foreign language. A degree in TESL/TEFL is in great demand, both in the U.S. and abroad. A career path in TESL/TEFL can result in the more obvious professions related to education (e.g., English language teaching, teacher training, program administration, curriculum development, materials development) at the primary, secondary, and tertiary levels, as well as a variety of professions in areas that require the skills set developed within a TESL/TEFL degree program (e.g., research, publishing, advocacy, government).
The M.A. in Teaching English as a Second/Foreign Language gives students an understanding of the nature of language, culture, instruction, assessment, and professionalism, and their interrelationships. The M.A. in TESL/TEFL prepares one to teach English in the U.S. or overseas. Within the United States, our graduates teach ESL in public and private schools, as well as in city and community colleges and adult education programs.
For certified teachers possessing a valid teaching certificate through the state of Illinois, fulfillment of this degree includes the courses that would help them to complete the requirements necessary to teach ESL in K-12. Alternatively, students can elect to complete only the sequence of courses leading for the state of Illinois endorsement to teach ESL. See more information under "TESL Endorsement".
The program is designed for full- or part-time students, and all master's level courses offered in the fall and spring semesters are held in the evenings and Saturdays.