Wayne State College
A Degree in English as a Second Language (ESL)

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.

Sample Program of Study

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Fast Facts

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.

Hours required:
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 HumanitiesEducation 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

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 to teach English as a second language.

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.

esl education skills

Skills Learned

  • Intercultural communication
  • Linguistic theory and application
  • Teaching methods for ESL learners
  • Verbal communication and expression
  • Cultural awareness
  • Critical thinking and problem-solving
  • Adaptability
  • Leadership and organization
  • Research and analysis

ESL education careers

Possible Careers

  • ESL teacher
  • Language instructor
  • English abroad teacher
  • English teacher
  • Special education teacher
  • Translator or interpreter
  • Advisor
  • Reading specialist

ESL degree employers


  • 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.

ESL education clubs

Clubs and Organizations

WSC Service-Learning


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.‚Äč

ESL degree opportunities


  • 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.
Student Teaching ESL Education Majors

Clinical Practice

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.

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