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
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.