The growth of the English language worldwide presents English teachers with unprecedented opportunities for intercultural service, and TESOL careers can take many different forms. More than 1 billion people are currently learning English worldwide. Some 4.5 million public school students in the United States are English language learners. And nearly 1 in 10 working-age U.S. adults is considered limited English proficient.
Career opportunities abound to serve English language learners internationally or domestically. Teachers work with diverse student populations in a variety of settings within the education, business, nonprofit, and government sectors. Graduates of APU’s TESOL master’s program can consider careers in which they:
- Teach in intensive English programs at universities or at community colleges
- Teach adult learners in English language classes in public schools and private institutions
- Teach business English for corporations or consulting firms
- Teach at or administer an English language center
- Tutor privately in the language arts
- Instruct elementary, middle, or secondary school students (with additional state credential)
- Advise government agencies
- Develop English language materials for publication or for local use
- Direct or administer an ESL program
- Provide academic advising for an educational institution
- Work with international students in universities domestically and internationally
- Direct a writing center at a university or college
Note: This information is current for the 2023-24 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.