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Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) K–12 Major

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Students majoring in TESL take courses in linguistics, education, TESL, and a variety of courses focusing on other cultures that lead to a K–12 licensure upon graduation. TESL majors complete a practicum abroad and often double major in elementary or Spanish education.

Why should I study TESL?

English is an important tool in a global economy and interconnected world. With a TESL degree, you’ll equip others to advance their careers and interact with people from English-speaking cultures. 

What can I do with this degree?

With this degree, you'll be fully prepared to teach English as a second language in Minnesota public schools or in any foreign country.

What skills will I develop?

With a TESL degree, you'll be prepared to:

  • Understand second language acquisition and teaching, particularly English
  • Develop leadership and advocacy skills
  • Teach group activities
  • Work with kids of multiple ages
  • Practice cultural awareness
  • Communicate across language barriers
  • Think on your feet
  • Cultivate resourcefulness and creativity
  • Look at your own language and culture from someone else’s perspective

You’ll also have the opportunity to participate in the R.E.A.L. Experience—a program specifically designed to help you gain the relevant, hands-on experience employers desire—so that when you graduate, you’ll be as impressive in practice as you are on paper.

What unique experiences or opportunities will I have?

Study Abroad

In this major, students gain experience teaching English abroad. This life-changing experience will put your classroom knowledge to a practical test. This can be done in any country, with a Bethel-affiliated program or another program.

Experiential Learning

You'll also have the opportunity through various courses to spend time with groups and agencies that work with diverse groups of people. Your language teaching skills will be used to help English learners thrive in the Twin Cities, and you’ll develop an understanding of the community support systems serving diverse populations. 

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