BS in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) Cultivating Language Skills


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Transfer in up to 75% of the degree total

If you’ve ever traveled abroad, you might have noticed English is used as one of the main languages for communicating. That’s what makes a career in teaching English as a second language (TESL) such an exciting and rewarding experience. When pursuing a teaching English as a second language major, you open yourself up to a variety of different experiences that allow you to travel abroad and learn about new cultures while you educate other nations about your language.

Liberty University’s online bachelor’s degree in teaching English as a second language can provide the credentials you need to pursue jobs both at home and abroad. Whether you work in South America, Asia, the Middle East, or Europe, you will find many students yearning to learn English as a second language. With a degree in ESL, you will study not only the linguistic skills you need but also methods for overcoming cultural barriers and reaching students who want to grasp the complexity of the English language.

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  • Transfer in up to 50% of a Grad/Doctoral Degree

Learn from an accredited academic institution that has a history of success in teaching English as a second language both locally and abroad. Liberty University has long-standing relationships with several English teaching ministries and educational organizations across the globe. Our proven track record of strong partnerships can be greatly beneficial as you enter the workforce. English is a dominant language in business both in America and abroad, so a bachelor’s degree in teaching ESL online is a dynamic degree that can be used in many different contexts. Liberty’s teaching English as a second language online degree is taught by faculty who have years of experience in the field, so you can be confident that you’re receiving a world-class education.

Liberty’s bachelor’s degree in teaching English as a second language can be completed 100% online. While you study from the comfort of your home or office, you will complete courses that have the same rigor and advanced training as Liberty’s residential counterparts. You can gain the knowledge and skills needed to teach English from professors who are grounded in the Christian faith and ready to show you how to integrate biblical principles into your professional life.

As you study the art of teaching English as a second language, you can gain comprehensive knowledge in applied grammar, linguistics, and second language acquisition. ESL teachers are encouraged to understand the syntax and phonology of other major languages of the world. At Liberty, we strive to prepare students with these skills so that they can effectively teach the next generation English as a second language. This training can help enable you to prepare a curriculum with your student’s language in mind. Understanding how students acquire language can allow you to carry out effective teaching-learning processes and outcomes.

Throughout this degree, you will study the intricacies of the English language and how to best utilize the resources available to you to better meet the needs of your students. You will also have the opportunity to dive deep into various activities and class exercises that can help your students have fun while you are teaching them. Additionally, your internship can help prepare you with the skills, knowledge, and wisdom to be successful and confident in your future career in the classroom.

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Military Undergraduate $250/Credit

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  • Tuition discounts – $250 per credit hour for undergraduate courses
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  • Potential college credit for military training

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