More Online Education On Its Way to Public Universities

more online education on its wy from public universities

In one of our previous posts, Streamlining Public Online Higher Education, we examined the few states that were taking steps to make online education more accessible to students; however, we learned that most states were not. [Read more…]

Teaching English as a Second Language Can Broaden Your Horizens

If you’re a native English speaker, you’re already halfway there. English as a Second Language (ESL) teachers specialize in helping non-native English speakers master the language. Finding work in public schools, nonprofit organizations, correctional facilities, community groups, language schools, international companies, and private educational institutions as well as in schools abroad, ESL teachers may clock in around the corner from their home or around the world.

How you break into the field depends on what kind of job you’re looking for. Students who want to teach English abroad may or may not need any collegiate education or teaching experience. Many US students use international recruitment companies to connect with teaching gigs in foreign countries. Educational requirements for working abroad vary dramatically depending on laws of the country you want to teach in and the rules of the employer. Some foreign employers require teachers to have Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) or Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) certification.

Teaching English as a Second Language in the US is more regulated. Entry-level positions with small nonprofits and community groups might be available to those with high school diplomas or associate degrees, but most employers require at least a bachelor’s degree. All English as a Second Language instructors who work in public schools are required to have a bachelor’s degree (or higher) and a teaching license from their state. In private schools, a bachelor’s degree in education is usually preferred, but state licensure is not required.

English as a Second Language may be offered as a standalone degree or as a concentration or specialization within an education major. It’s also possible to get your undergraduate degree in education or a different field then pursue an ESL master’s degree or certificate. At all levels, you’ll have your choice between a campus-based or online English as a Second Language degree program.

At the undergraduate level, English as a Second Language students take two years worth of general liberal arts requirements then their last two years immersed in teaching, linguistic, intercultural communication, behavioral psychology, and multicultural education courses. Some schools also incorporate additional syntax, grammar, reading comprehension, technology literacy, or educational psychology classes. To become eligible for state licensure, you’ll also have to complete a student teaching practicum under the supervision of someone working in the field. Practicums generally last two semesters and are designed to provide students with individualized feedback and real world experience. Once you’ve got a bachelor’s degree, you’ll need to fulfill the rest of your state’s licensing requirements which generally includes passing several assessment tests, passing a background check, and taking continuing education courses to maintain your licensure. According to, salaries for English as a Second Language teachers range from $23,394 to $59,144 per year.

If you’re entering the English as a Second Language field armed with an undergraduate degree in a non-education related subject, there are programs to fast-track you into a teaching position. Alternative certification programs provide students with provisional teaching licenses and sometimes allow them to teach under the supervision of a seasoned instructor until they’ve completed their education and state licensure requirements.

Teach From the Heart With a Special Education Degree

special education degree programsIt takes drive, compassion, and the ability to truly listen to excel in this field. While many think that the special education profession is limited to elementary and secondary school teachers, special education workers also find jobs in all levels of academia, research departments, education think tanks, clinics, hospitals, correctional facilities, and public policy organizations.

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Broaden Your Career Horizons with a Degree in Education

education degrees and programsFrom kindergarten and elementary education, through high school, and even post-secondary schools, nearly every teacher needs an advanced degree. Many teacher education programs are available online, permitting working teachers to earn graduate degrees and making it easier for working adults to change careers by earning their education degree in a flexible environment through distance learning.

Let’s take a look at the degree and career possibilities available for those who want to influence future generations of learners.

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Earn an Elementary Education Degree and Engage Young Learners

elementary education degree programsDo you live to teach and inspire young people? From the days you played on your easel chalkboard, with your stuffed animals lined up in neat rows listening attentively, have you dreamed of being a schoolteacher? A degree in elementary education is the first step to a profound and rewarding career as a teacher for grades K – 6.

Teachers are among the most influential people in the lives of young children. As an elementary educator, you’ll be responsible for imparting academic, social and motor skills to students in public or private schools.

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