English is a language that is used worldwide. 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. You’ll prepare to work with students of other languages by studying language structure, communication, and cultural issues. Get ready to take on the world and teach English with a degree in ESL education.
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. To become certified in this endorsement, students must have one year of another language or equivalent in a language other than their native language.
For supplemental endorsement: 15
General education: 41
To graduate from WSC: 120 hours minimum (education programs may require more)
Popular pairings: Commonly paired with elementary education or any other teaching endorsement
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
- English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher
- Language instructor
- English abroad teacher
- Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) teacher
- English teacher
- Special education teacher
- Translator or interpreter
- Reading specialist
- Program director
- Elementary schools
- Middle schools
- High schools
- International schools
- Secondary schools
- Private schools
- Language schools
- Education and learning centers
- Immigration or refugee centers
- Government agencies or programs
Learn from the Best
Our faculty are accomplished, with 85% of our full-time faculty having the highest degree in their field. 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 a personalized setting with a friendly atmosphere.
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
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.
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.