Teaching English as a Second Language, MA Online

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Teaching English as a Second Language, MA Online Overview

MA Teaching English as a Second Language - completely online

Teacher demands and expectations today are far greater than they have ever been, but are classroom teachers adequately prepared to teach and interact with this culturally and linguistically diverse population? In classrooms where that is communicated, practiced, and perceived; you have the immediate potential to greatly affect and impact students. It is imperative that teachers learn how to effectively communicate cross-culturally in such diverse contexts.

Greenville University's ESL program provides online courses to prepare you to teach English to individuals for whom English is not their primary language. If you hold an Illinois teaching license, you will also complete 100 hours of field experience needed to meet Illinois State Board of Education requirements for ESL approval/endorsement. This program is not an initial licensure program.

Is ESL For You?

  • English language learners are the fastest growing group of students in the United States today.
  • One out of every nine students in America is learning English as a second language. That's about 5.4 million children - almost the population of Arizona, or Maryland, or Tennessee.
  • Current projections indicate that by the year 2030, 40% of all school-aged children in the United States will be speakers of a first language other than English.
  • According to College Board, ESL teachers are not just in demand around the country, but also around the world.
  • The U.S. Department of Education lists English as a Second Language teachers as one of the high-need areas in many states across the nation.

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Online coursework (100 hours of field experience needed to meet ISBE requirements for ESL approval / endorsement)

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Completion Time:

24 months

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