If you’re wondering “What do you need to pursue a career as an ESL teacher?” we can help answer that question. When you’re considering enrolling in and ESL/TESOL program it’s a good idea to take a look at general requirements and the content of the curriculum that you will likely study. To help give you a sense of what to expect if you decide to move forward with pursuing your ESL education, we’ll cover some general program descriptions and course topics below.
So, what might you expect when entering a graduate TESOL program? ESL master’s programs typically require you to complete at least one of more of the following: a thesis, an internship or practicum, or a capstone project/portfolio.
Since the goal of graduate ESL/TESOL programs is to prepare you to teach English as a second language, ideally you will have mastered the following types of competencies upon graduation:
The exact courses that you will take will vary depending on the program and on the school that you enroll in. You will also likely have the option to choose certain electives based on your personal interests and career goals. However—in general—most schools may require you to complete courses that are similar in nature to those outlined below:
Gives students a general overview of what teaching ESL involves.
Focuses on different learning theories and the pros and cons of different teaching methods.
Focuses on how students learn language and strategies to assist the process.
Helps prospective teachers better answer grammar-related questions that arise in class.
Explains how to ensure tests are valid, reliable and effective means of assessment.
Focuses on how to address a class in a culturally sensitive way that takes into account different political or educational philosophies.
Teaches grad students how to develop their own course materials, benchmarks and assessment tools.
Explains qualitative or quantitative research methods as they related to the field of TESOL.
tesol.org/docs/career-center/tips-for-choosing-a-ma-in-tesol-program---michelle-bagwell-4-9-13.pdf?sfvrsn=2 | education.temple.edu/tesol/program-goals-and-competencies