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M.A. TESL English

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College of Business and Economics
University of Idaho
ALB 125
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3161
Phone: (208) 885-6453
Fax: (208) 885-6296
Amber Gray

Sharing the English Language

Educators with the training to teach English as a second language are needed to teach those learning the language worldwide. This program prepares you for those opportunities, and you will study theory and the practical applications of linguistics and learn teaching methods and classroom strategies through hands-on teaching experiences.

Fast Facts

  • A degree in TESL is one of the most accessible avenues to living and working abroad, virtually anywhere in the world.
  • Our programs to the curricular recommendations of TESOL International, the largest professional organization of ESL teachers.
  • Our program provides a variety of hands-on internship opportunities.
  • Our program provides opportunities to work with a diverse set of international students.
  • Students will benefit from the personal interaction and mentoring available through our small graduate classroom settings.


  • ESL teachers and administrators anywhere in the world including college and
    university settings in the U.S.
  • Materials development and publication
  • Establish and operate English-language schools abroad and at home
  • International student recruiting and advising
Job Placement

Virtually 100% for students desiring a job upon graduation.

Salary Salaries vary widely with type of position and region in the world but can range domestically from $37,000 to $120,000.
Degree Roadmap

Most students begin the study of TESL on the graduate (MA) level. It is relatively unusual to find American students with undergraduate degrees in the field. For more information got to: M.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language.

Degree Prep
  • Some preliminary study of linguistics and foreign languages is helpful
  • Experience working with non-native speakers of English as well a with people from other cultures and countries


Teaching Assistantships carry value up to $26,000; other departmental scholarships can supplement this by $2000 or more annually.

Financial Aid

To find out about deadlines, scholarships and eligibility requirements, please visit the University of Idaho Financial Aid Office.

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Hands-On Learning
  • Two ESL methods courses with teaching demonstrations
  • Supervised teaching practicum
  • Numerous internship opportunities