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In most of the United States, you will need the minimum of a bachelor's degree to work as a teacher. However, there are some states that require you also to have a master's degree in adult education or ESOL instruction. Throughout the course of adult education training programs, the curricula will cover such topics as technology in the classroom, teaching students from a variety of cultures, and teaching adults with learning disabilities.

Generally, before you start work as an ESL instructor you should have taken courses in second language acquisition theory and linguistics so that you will understand the most effective approaches to getting people to take up a new language. Suprisingly, you do not need to have knowledge of a second language in order to become an ESOL teacher. Students are still capable of learning English without you knowing their native language, but you should consider learning the language of the students you teach so that you can better relate to them. For instance, knowing a second language will help you to understand why students may be having trouble pronouncing certain words correctly.

Some states will also require you to obtain licensing to work as an adult educator or to work in public schools. In these states, you must have completed a bachelor's degree and an approved teacher training program in order to receive a license. Likely, ESL instructors will be expected to participate in professional development activities (BLS).

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Ashford University Annual Tuition $10,632 - $13,400 Recommend Rate Add Review
117 Programs, 2 in ESL (view all)
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  • BA/English Language Learner Studies
  • MA/Education - English Language Learner Specialization
Capella University Annual Tuition $12,348 Recommend Rate Add Review
261 Programs, 1 in ESL (view all)
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  • MS - English Language Learning and Teaching
Walden University Annual Tuition Not Provided Recommend Rate 100% (1 review)
361 Programs, 2 in ESL (view all)
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  • Graduate Certificate in Engaging Culturally Diverse Learners
  • MS in Education - Teaching English Language Learners (Grades K-12)
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Access Careers
Campuses: Brooklyn
Annual Tuition $14,200 Recommend Rate Add Review
Adelphi University
Campuses: Garden City
Annual Tuition $30,800 Recommend Rate Add Review
Albright College
Campuses: Reading
Annual Tuition $36,660 Recommend Rate Add Review
Alliant International University
Campuses: San Diego
Annual Tuition $15,816 Recommend Rate Add Review
American University
Campuses: Washington
Annual Tuition $40,649 Recommend Rate Add Review
Andrews University
Campuses: Berrien Springs
Annual Tuition $25,470 Recommend Rate Add Review
Aquinas College - MI
Campuses: Grand Rapids
Annual Tuition $26,460 Recommend Rate Add Review
Arizona State University
Campuses: Tempe, Glendale, Scottsdale, Mesa, ...
Annual Tuition $11,209 - $23,654 Recommend Rate Add Review
Arkansas Tech University
Campuses: Russellville
Annual Tuition $10,374 Recommend Rate Add Review
Asbury University
Campuses: Wilmore
Annual Tuition $26,076 Recommend Rate Add Review
Ashford University
Campuses: San Diego
Annual Tuition $10,632 - $13,400 Recommend Rate Add Review
Avila University
Campuses: Kansas City
Annual Tuition $24,950 Recommend Rate Add Review
Azusa Pacific University
Campuses: Azusa
Annual Tuition $32,256 Recommend Rate Add Review
Ball State University
Campuses: Muncie
Annual Tuition $24,124 Recommend Rate Add Review
Bethel University - MN
Campuses: Saint Paul
Annual Tuition $31,760 Recommend Rate Add Review
Biola University
Campuses: La Mirada
Annual Tuition $32,142 Recommend Rate Add Review
Bowling Green State University-Main Campus
Campuses: Bowling Green
Annual Tuition $18,034 Recommend Rate Add Review
Bridgewater State University
Campuses: Bridgewater
Annual Tuition $14,193 Recommend Rate Add Review
Brigham Young University
Campuses: Provo
Annual Tuition $4,850 Recommend Rate Add Review
Brigham Young University-Hawaii
Campuses: Laie
Annual Tuition $4,770 Recommend Rate 100% (1 review)
Buena Vista University
Campuses: Storm Lake
Annual Tuition $29,448 Recommend Rate Add Review
California State University-Los Angeles
Campuses: Los Angeles
Annual Tuition $17,504 Recommend Rate Add Review
California State University-Northridge
Campuses: Northridge
Annual Tuition $17,685 Recommend Rate Add Review
Cambridge College
Campuses: Cambridge
Annual Tuition $13,392 Recommend Rate Add Review
Campbellsville University
Campuses: Campbellsville
Annual Tuition $22,196 Recommend Rate Add Review
Capella University
Campuses: Minneapolis
Annual Tuition $12,348 Recommend Rate Add Review
Cardinal Stritch University
Campuses: Milwaukee, Brookfield, Pleasant Prairie, Madison, ...
Annual Tuition $25,450 Recommend Rate Add Review
Carl Albert State College
Campuses: Poteau
Annual Tuition $5,808 Recommend Rate Add Review
Carroll College
Campuses: Helena
Annual Tuition $27,914 Recommend Rate Add Review
Carson-Newman University
Campuses: Jefferson City
Annual Tuition $23,696 Recommend Rate Add Review

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