TESOL or TESOL Education?

The TESOL Major? Or the TESOL Education Major?

The primary factor that determines a student's choice between taking the BA TESOL and the TESOL Education major is their education objective. The TESOL major will serve your purposes if your objective is to teach anywhere in the world in the private sector (business, private institutes & pre-schools, military, adult education).  If you seek to teach in a public school you should consider the TESOL Education major; it offers a more intensive introduction to the instruction of younger learners. If your objective is to teach in a public school system inside the U.S, you must choose the TESOL Education major.

Students have a difficult time choosing between the two options when they don't know what they want to do or when they don't want to make a choice because they want to have all their options open. Those who want to increase their options should choose the TESOL Education major because it sets them on the road to being able to teach in almost any situation abroad or in the US.

This choice, however, must be made early in your University education because the TESOL major is somewhat like a double major and eliminates elective credits from your graduation plan. The total credits required for TESOL plus the credits required for Education leaves little room for elective classes or changes. It's very simple. 

The School of Education is constantly working with the departments of education in other countries and more and more options are opening up for student teaching to be done at international locations. The Academic Advisor for the School of Education is the best person to ask about certifying to teach in public schools back in Asia or Polynesia


Learn more about the TESOL major.
Learn more about the TESOL Education major.