$59,720 per year - Median income for adult ESL teachers in the U.S. with bachelor's degrees.
Hours: M-F 8:30-5 PM ET
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
Through the UWW Interdisciplinary Studies program you can build the theoretical foundation and practical skills you need to be a successful teacher of English to speakers of other languages.
This online bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus in TESOL provides the essential knowledge you need in linguistics, theories of language learning and teaching (applied linguistics), and in the practice of teaching. Although not designed to prepare you to teach in the K-12 public education system, it will prepare you for the myriad of employment opportunities in TESOL in the U.S. and abroad.
- You’re in the Driver’s Seat: Design your own degree concentration through your perfect mix of 100% online courses, and optional blended and on-campus offerings to fit your busy life. Plus, most of our courses are asynchronous, meaning you can complete them on your schedule.
- Accelerate Your Degree: Bring in or earn up to 105 credits for your prior coursework, prior learning, and life and work experience to accelerate your degree, saving you time and money.
- Cross Disciplinary Boundaries: Craft your individualized degree concentration to suit your goals and interests, from taking online courses in Business if you are planning to work for a for-profit company to taking course in criminal justice if you seek to teach English in the prison system.
- Community College Friendly: Learn about the Mass Transfer Gen Ed Foundation and benefit from our 50-year history of support for community college students.
- Boston Children's Hospital and Mass General Brigham employees: Receive a 10% discount and more. Learn more about how you can benefit from our employer partnerships.
Your Future in TESOL
With an Interdisciplinary Studies degree focused in TESOL, you can advance your career teaching English as a Foreign Language (EFL) in private or public schools overseas, teaching in community English as a Second Language (ESL) programs in the U.S., tutoring ESL/EFL students online through various platforms or in community-based programs, working in the Peace Corps, developing TESOL materials publishers and programs, working in TESOL testing/placement, and more.
Flexible, Cross-Disciplinary Courses
You will study with top-notch experts in TESOL in the UMass Department of Linguistics, the UMass Department of Literature, Languages and Cultures, as well as instructors from other related departments.
To give you an idea of the types of online TESOL and TESOL-related courses that you could choose from, here is a sampling offered over the past few years.
Additional coursework is also available to support your specific goals and interests. If you want to work for a community organization, consider adding human service courses. If you want to better understand different cultures to enhance your work, take more anthropology courses. Working for a non-profit organization or for-profit company? Add some business courses.
|LLC||320||Foundations of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages|
|LLC||321||The Practice of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages|
|LLC||322||Teaching ESL Writing|
|LLC||323||Technology for TESOL|
|LINGUIST||101||People & Their Language|
|LINGUIST||201||How Language Works: Introduction to Linguistic Theory|
|LINGUIST||330||The Structure of English and Language Teaching|
|ANTHRO||101||Biology, Culture, and the Human Experience|
|ANTHRO||104||Culture, Society, and People|
|ANTHRO||105||Language, Culture, and Communication|
|COMM||118||Introduction to Interpersonal Communication and Culture|
|COMM||386||Race, Inequality and Representation|
|COMM-DIS||211||Anatomy & Physiology of the Speech and Language Mechanisms|
|COMM-DIS||301||Speech and Language Development|
|EDUC||377||Introduction to Multicultural Education|
|PSYCH||320||Learn & Think|
|SOCIOL||105||Self, Society, and Interpersonal Relations|
|SOCIOL||106||Race, Gender, Class, and Ethnicity|
|WGSS||187||Gender, Sexuality, and Culture|
|WGSS||286||History of Sexuality and Race in the U.S.|
|UWW||360||Experiential Reflections of Learning and Education|
|UWW||397S||Perspectives on Social Justice and Advocacy|