Bachelor Of Arts In Teaching English As A Second Language (TESL) Degree Program
Credit Hours
Years (Avg.)
Class Type
Transfer Credits
Up to 75% of the Degree Total can be Transferred to Liberty
Next Start Date
Aug 23, 2021
Liberty University is accredited by SACSCOC

Pursue Your Passion for Travel and Education by Teaching English as a Second Language at Home or Abroad!

Do you dream of traveling around the world but are worried that you may never be able to afford it? Maybe you want to spread God’s Word to people in other countries while teaching them a valuable skill. If this sounds like you, and you like working with people, then you should consider earning a Bachelor of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) from Liberty University.

As you pursue your TESL degree, you will gain a theoretical and practical understanding of second language acquisition and teaching methods and materials. You will learn about syntax and phonology of the major languages of the world and develop solutions to various problems involved in oral and written communications in mixed language and culture settings.

Teaching English as a second language is a rewarding career field that can allow you to learn about new cultures and share your own with people around the world. Liberty University is proud to offer this degree taught by professors who are grounded in their Christian faith and experienced in the field. Our bachelor’s in teaching English as a second language is a pathway to a career that will challenge and excite you.

Why Choose Liberty’s Bachelor of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language Degree?

The great thing about our Bachelor of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language is that there are so many opportunities for first-hand experience inside and outside of the classroom. We offer a 2-month summer internship at the Liberty University Spanish Institute in Guatemala where you can receive credit for the course TESL 499 and up to 12 credits in Spanish. We also have a program in Brazil where you can work at an ESL school using a Bible-based curriculum.

In addition to our programs in South America, there are other chances to teach in China, where a Christian worker will mentor you on site. If you are thinking of traveling to Africa, you could work in Guinea. We have other programs in Japan, Jordan, Pakistan, and Austria working in English camps teaching various subjects while using other skills such as French or computer information. If you want the opportunity for both practical application and long-term employment, then these programs can provide you with the pathway to both.

What Will You Learn in Our Bachelor of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language Degree?

Our Bachelor of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) can provide you with all the training, knowledge, and skills you need to be successful in the classroom. You will learn about phonetics and syntax and other parts of language acquisition as you study linguistics. English is a constantly evolving language, and our course in modern grammar will emphasize the modifications and transformations that come from modern culture and the influence of new generations upon the traditional structure and rules of English.

Understanding how students acquire a new language is very useful in the instruction of English. Learning how to teach in the four language areas of speaking, listening, reading, and writing across cultural and linguistic barriers is another skill you will gain. The knowledge you gain in these courses will be reinforced through practical application. Begin your journey as a teacher here at Liberty and start a career that will change your life.

View the Degree Completion Plan, and check out the featured courses below for more on what you’ll be studying!

Featured Courses

LING 301 – Introduction to Linguistics

TESL 333 – Modern Grammar

TESL 403 – Second Language Acquisition

TESL 405 – Issues and Practices in TESL


Degree Information


Admission Requirements

Highlights of Our Bachelor of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language Degree

  • Enjoy career and teaching opportunities on almost every continent
  • Get a chance to complete a two-month internship at the Liberty University Spanish Institute in Guatemala
  • Other teaching programs available in Brazil, France, China, Guinea, Japan, Pakistan, Austria, and Columbia, as well as internship opportunities in Jordan, West Africa, and Thailand

Teaching Abroad

Bachelor’s in Teaching English as a Second Language Degree Information

Career Opportunities for Bachelor’s in Teaching English as a Second Language Graduates

  • Academic coordinator
  • English as a second language school teacher
  • Head teacher at English language institute
  • TESL/TEFL teacher
  • TESL curriculum planner

Admission Requirements for Undergraduate Degrees

Every application is reviewed by the admission committee on a case-by-case basis, meaning there are no set minimums for acceptance. However, all applicants must submit the following documents* for admission:

  • Admission application
  • Official high school transcripts
  • Official college transcripts (if applicable)
  • SAT, ACT, or CLT scores (Liberty University is offering test-optional admission for Spring, Summer, and Fall 2021 applicants)
  • Admission essay

 *Note that additional documentation may be requested by the admission committee after your application has been received.