MEd in English for Speakers of Other
Languages - Careers

Support English - Language Learners

The MEd degree in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) gives you the skills to positively impact the lives of students wishing to learn English. Due to a growing need for teachers with these skills and with ESOL graduate degrees, careers are on the rise.

Whether you are an aspiring teacher of ESOL students or are a certified elementary or secondary school teacher who wishes to support English language learners in your classroom, the ESOL graduate degree can be an excellent career move.

Teaching ESOL - Career Opportunities

With an increasing number of immigrants and refugees settling in New Hampshire and other states, the Department of Education has identified ESOL in public schools as an area of high need. For teachers with an ESOL graduate degree, careers and opportunities are excellent. Current elementary and secondary school teachers who add an ESOL master’s degree and ESOL state certification to their credentials increase their marketability, as they can support ESOL students in their mainstream classrooms.

The median annual salary of K-12 teachers ranged from $47,100 to $51,180 in 2008, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The top 10 percent of public school teachers earned $75,190 to $80,970. Teachers with a master’s degree can typically earn more than those with a bachelor’s degree.

Skill Development

As you work on your ESOL graduate degree at SNHU, you will gain valuable skills and tools to teach English language learners and your teaching career. In your ESOL courses you will learn:

  • Methods of teaching English language for K-12 learners.
  • How students learn and acquire language.
  • Evaluation and assessment methods of students’ language-learning skills.
  • Literacy for multilingual learners.
  • Curriculum development and assessment.
  • Content-based instruction using U.S. cultural topics.
  • Integration of technology into the learning process.
  • Techniques for teaching in a “pull-in/push-out” environment.
  • Student teacher experience in a real classroom.

Career Resources

SNHU Career Development Center
Learn about SNHU career planning and development assistance available for those with a teaching degree.

U.S. Department of Labor, Educational Services Occupational Outlook, 2010-2011
View the latest information on recommended education and training, job prospects, and expected earnings of those earning a teaching degree or pursuing an ESOL teaching career.

Professional Organizations and Associations

Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages
TESOL's mission is to develop and maintain professional expertise in English language teaching and learning for speakers of other languages worldwide.

Northern New England Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages
NNETESOL is an affiliate of TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) serving Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. NNETESOL serves all ESL professionals in the region working in private and public K-12 schools, post secondary schools, and adult education programs.

International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language
The mission of IATEFL is to link, develop and support English Language Teaching professionals throughout the world.

International Association for Language Learning Technology
IALLT is a professional organization whose members provide leadership in the development, integration, evaluation and management of instructional technology for the teaching and learning of language, literature and culture.

National Council for Teachers of English
NCTE promotes the development of literacy, the use of language to construct personal and public worlds and to achieve full participation in society, through the learning and teaching of English and the related arts and sciences of language.

National Education Association
The mission of the NEA is to advocate for education professionals and to unite members and the nation to fulfill the promise of public education to prepare every student to succeed in a diverse and interdependent world.

National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
Through the process of professional accreditation of schools, colleges, and departments of education, NCATE works to make a difference in the quality of teaching, teachers, school specialists and administrators.

New Hampshire Department of Education
The NHDOE is committed to helping students, parents, and educators (including teachers, principals, superintendents, and school communities) meet the educational needs of each student.

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