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Teaching English as a Second Language

TESL Programs through
the Department of English
at Kent State University


B.A. in TESL

For those who want to teach abroad (TEFL) or in the United States (TESL).


M.A. in TESL

For those who want to teach abroad (EFL) or in the US (ESL) at businesses, at a non-profit agency, or at the college level.

(B.A. or M.A. level)

For teachers who want to teach ESL in addition to their area of state licensure. This program is appropriate for both undergraduate and graduate students.

M.A. in TESL for Teachers (P-12)

For those seeking both a master's degree and state licensure to teach ESL in public schools.

Certificate Programs


Undergraduate TEFL Certificate

For undergraduates who
want to teach abroad.

Graduate TESL/TEFL Certificates

For students who want
to teach abroad or who
need background for a
Ph. D. program.


There are seven programs to choose from in the TESL/TEFL (Teaching English as a Second/Foreign Language), each designed to accommodate different students' goals.

In all of these programs, you will learn both the theoretical and practical aspects of teaching students who are learning English in the United States or who are studying English as a foreign language in another country. Students gain relevant experience through supervised practicums (practice teaching) and have the opportunity to teach in a variety of ESL/EFL contexts.

The Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) programs train students to teach effectively while drawing on a solid theoretical foundation.


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