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B.A. in Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language (TESL)

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Residential Program

A Bachelor of Arts in Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language (TESL) will provide students with a theoretical and practical understanding of second language acquisition and teaching methods and materials. Students will also learn about the syntax and phonology of the major languages of the world and develop solutions to various cross-cultural and cross-linguistic problems involved in oral and written communications.

This degree is offered through the Department of Modern Languages.

Teach English as a Second or Foreign Language with Your B.Ed. Degree

Turn your passion for the English language into a fulfilling teaching career. With a Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) degree in English as a Second Language Education P-12, you can get the licensure you need to teach in this field.

Academic Information

Courses You Could Take

  • Introduction to Linguistics (LING 301)
  • Modern Grammar (TESL 373)
  • Second Language Acquisition (TESL 403)
  • Issues and Practices in TESL (TESL 405)
  • Internship in TESL (TESL 499)

Degree Options for the bachelor’s degree in TESL

B.A. in TESL

  • 36 credit hours classroom courses
  • 40 clock hours practicum experience
  • 3 credit hours (135 clock hours) internship in TESL
  • Degree Program

B.A. or B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies (INDS) with TESL and GLST Area of Study Options

  • 21 credit hours in TESL classroom courses
  • 3 credit hours (135 clock hours) internship in TESL*
  • 18 credit hours in GLST classroom courses
  • 3 credit hours (135 clock hours) GLST internship*
  • * Requires one full semester of living abroad (TESL and GLST internship requirements should be met during this semester)
  • May vary as the curriculum develops (see INDS for more information)

Admission Requirements

View Liberty’s undergraduate admissions requirements


Students with prior language study are encouraged to consider CLEP for lower-level language credits.

Additional Opportunities

Selected Internship/Career Opportunities for the B.A. in TESL

“The TESL/FL program shaped me as an educator and as a person. I was surrounded by incredible professors who genuinely care for their students and instill a love of learning. I have received many compliments about my teaching techniques and knowledge of ESL learners from other teachers, and it is because of the solid TESL/FL program at Liberty University.” – Alexis Hagopian, TESL/FL major

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