Teaching English as a second language

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages


Dr. William Stone will be presenting at TESOL 2018. Learn more at the official website!
Dr. Teddy Bofman received the 2017 Betsy Rubin Adult Educator Award. 
"A New Way of Teaching the English Present Perfect" by Jiwon Lee published in the ITBE Link Newsletter.


The program for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages at Northeastern Illinois University has a long history of preparing professionals in TESOL who work in the Chicago area and beyond. It is aligned with the professional standards of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), Inc. at www.tesol.org.

The program offers a Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in TESOL, a Graduate Certificate Program, a minor in TESOL, and courses toward ESL Endorsement in the State of Illinois and a general education course as part of the first-year experience. We are open to working with individual schools and school districts to provide contract or cohort classes on site. In addition, we welcome the possibility of working with schools in other states and countries in order to explore partnerships and/or provide teacher exchanges for the teaching of English and language teacher training.


The M.A. in TESOL gives students an understanding of the nature of language, culture, instruction, assessment and professionalism, and their interrelationships. The M.A. in TESOL prepares you to teach English in the United States or overseas. Within the United States, our graduates teach ESL in public and private schools, as well as in city and community colleges and in 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 through 12. As an alternative, students can elect to complete only the sequence of courses leading for the State of Illinois endorsement to teach ESL. (To see Illinois ESL endorsement requirements visit the Illinois State Board of Education at isbe.net)

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 on Saturdays.

Careers and opportunities

TESOL is the application of linguistics to the teaching of English as a second or foreign language. A degree in TESOL is in great demand, both in the United States and abroad. A career path in TESOL will prepare you for the more traditional 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 other professions that require the skill set developed within a TESOL degree program (e.g., research, publishing, advocacy, government).


The program has been designed in accordance with the standards established by Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Inc. (TESOL). View detailed information about the domains and their standards along with performance criteria or visit TESOL at www.tesol.org/advance-the-field/standards

News and Events

For information regarding our alumni and current program events please go to News and Events.

Contact us

Mailing Address:

   TESOL Program
   Northeastern Illinois University
   Lech Walesa Hall Office 3062
   5500 North Saint Louis Avenue
   Chicago, IL 60625-5870


TESOL, ELP & SAELL Office Manager
Perla Torres
Phone: (773) 442-5870
Location: Lech Walesa Hall Office 3062
For questions regarding a Master of Arts in TESOL please contact Dr. Ulugbek Nurmukhamedov
For questions regarding a minor in TESOL please contact: Dr. William Stone
For questions regarding the Graduate Certificate please contact John Armour.