TESOL Careers

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.

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