Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)


Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Navigate the diverse classroom landscape and guide your students to success.

USJ’s M.A. in TESOL Education will provide the knowledge, skills, and strategies needed to teach the increasing numbers of English Language Learners (ELL) in today’s multicultural and diverse classrooms. This master's may be cross-endorsed in Bilingual and TESOL Education.

Teacher Shortage

The Connecticut Department of Education has identified Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and Bilingual education (PK-12) as Subject Shortage areas — TESOL and Bilingual teachers are in demand!

USJ offers 1 of only 3 TESOL programs in Connecticut!

This program is ideal for:

  • Classroom teachers, K-12
  • Bilingual educators
  • Teachers of adults
  • International teachers

Highlights include:


  • Expert faculty from USJ’s renowned School of Education & School of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Small classes and mentorship opportunities
  • Courses include Applied Linguistics, Cultural and Linguistic Diversity, Methodology of Second Language Teaching, and more


  • 1 night a week, 2-year program
  • 30 credits, 8-week courses
  • Cohort model— develop strong peer relationships
  • Classes on beautiful USJ campus.

Career Opportunity and Advancement

  • Increased demand: Job opportunities are expected to grow by 9% between 2012-22 (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • Need for TESOL and Bilingual educators in the U.S.
    • 21% of K-12 students in the U.S. speak a language other than English at home (National Center for Education Statistics)
    • The number of ELL learners increased 11% from 1980-2009, and is expected to continue to rise (National Center for Education Statistics)
  • Need for TESOL educators abroad
    • More than 100,000 positions for English teachers abroad open each year

Faculty Advisor: Susan Johns, Department Chair