In addition to having the region’s most affordable tuition, we offer thousands of dollars in scholarships every year. Learn more about scholarships and aid to pursue your degree in teaching English as a second language.
ESL Education Degree Program
Teaching English as a Second Language
The English language is used worldwide. ESL teachers are in high demand as more and more people want and need to learn it. At Wayne State College, you can combine your passion for the English language with a desire to teach students of all ages, from pre-kindergarten through grade 12. Through the ESL education degree program, you’ll prepare to work with students of other languages by studying language structure, communication, and cultural issues. Get ready to teach English as a second language with your ESL education endorsement.
Percent of recent WSC graduates employed or in graduate school
based on the most recent graduate survey
Degrees offered: B.A., B.S.
In addition to choosing the ESL supplemental endorsement, you will also need to select two subject endorsements or one field endorsement to receive your B.A. or B.S.
For supplemental endorsement: 15
For education core: 27-33
General education: 30
To graduate from WSC: 120 hours minimum (education programs may require more)
Popular pairings: Commonly paired with elementary education or any other teaching endorsement
Schools: Arts and Humanities, Education and Behavioral Sciences
Departments: Language and Literature, Educational Foundations and Leadership
Accreditation: Council of Accreditation for Educator Preparation (CAEP), Nebraska Department of Education
Licensing and Certification: Wayne State academic programs are designed to prepare students for licensure or certification in Nebraska. If you plan to pursue licensure or certification in a state other than Nebraska, please check that state's licensing board to determine their licensing requirements. Authorization may be required from them prior to beginning a clinical or field experience in that state. Learn more.
Education Scholarships and Aid
Our Focus is Results
Wayne State has the keys to your success and offers just what you need to become well prepared for the real world.
- Intercultural communication
- Linguistic theory and application
- Teaching methods for ESL learners
- Verbal communication and expression
- Cultural awareness
- Critical thinking and problem-solving
- Leadership and organization
- Research and analysis
- ESL teacher
- Language instructor
- English abroad teacher
- English teacher
- Special education teacher
- Translator or interpreter
- Reading specialist
- Elementary schools
- Middle schools
- High schools
- International schools
- Secondary schools
- Private schools
- Language schools
- Education and learning centers
- Immigration services
- Government agencies or programs
- Social services
- Travel agencies
Learn from the Best
Our faculty are accomplished. Several are highly regarded as experts and have been recognized with notable honors and awards. And with a low student-to-faculty ratio, you'll be sure to receive an excellent education in the ESL education degree degree program.
Outside the Classroom
At Wayne State College, you’ll have opportunities to enhance your education by participating in clubs, organizations, activities, and more.
Clubs and Organizations
- Kappa Delta Pi (education honor society)
- Nebraska State Education Association (NSEA) Aspiring Educators
- Spanish Club
- Sigma Tau Delta (English language honor society)
- Student Council for Exceptional Children (SCEC)
Make a difference in the community while learning skills you can apply toward your future career. Wayne State’s Service-Learning program has received national awards in recognition of outstanding community service, with more than 400 students participating in Service-Learning projects each semester.
- Northeast Nebraska Teacher Academy (NENTA) - Develop your classroom skills and get paid at the same time.
- The Neihardt Seminar – a special summer course taught by a visiting writer/scholar
- Study Abroad - Earn credit toward your degree while experiencing exciting global adventures overseas.
Before graduating with your degree to teach English as a second language, you’ll complete a semester of clinical practice in a school district chosen with the help of your advisor. During this semester, you will work closely with an experienced teacher to gain classroom experience. Internships are not required as part of this program; however, Career Services is available to help you find employment opportunities.