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Looking for online accredited career colleges and universities offering ESL degrees. Each program from a Online Career College, a post-secondary for-profit institution, offers an education with an in-demand career field. As total higher education enrollment decreases, student enrollment in courses and degree programs at online colleges continues to rise. Today, millions of college students choose to take some or all of their courses online. ESL teachers are in high demand these days, and it is a job that many people who had to learn English themselves at some point are qualified to teach.

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ESL teachers give the gift of language

Instruction in English as a second language, more commonly known by its acronym ESL, is in high demand in the U.S. ESL teachers in the public school system must hold bachelor's degrees, preferably in education, and obtain a state teaching license. Teaching English to speakers of other languages goes beyond giving instruction to Spanish speakers, as new immigrants' native languages range from Armenian to Zulu.

For those who do not want to commit to the four-year degree, there are a variety of other options, including ESL courses that last as little as four weeks. Many universities also offer ESL courses and certificates in for qualified teachers. Classes often include the following:

  • Linguistics for language teachers
  • Second language learning
  • Assessment and program design for ESL students

Teach English or ESL at home and abroad

There are many career opportunities for ESL teachers--not just within our borders, but also abroad. These are just three of the most common and exciting opportunities:

  1. ESL teachers can teach English from Japan to Uzbekistan. A variety of organizations connect ESL teachers with opportunities in their country of choice. Some programs even offer ESL training in foreign countries.

  2. ESL teachers can either work through private organizations or offer in-home ESL tutoring on a freelance basis to children or adult learners.

  3. For those with at least a master's degree in ESL education, teaching English as a second language classes to new immigrant adults at the community college level is an excellent career choice.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, secondary school teachers earned a mean annual wage of $55,990 as of May 2011, while middle school teachers earned $54,880. The BLS does not break down earnings specifically for ESL teachers.

Whether it's teaching English abroad or giving new adult immigrants the gift of language access, ESL teachers give students invaluable skills for life.

Author: Judy Jenner

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