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Teaching English as a Second Language - B.A. PDFDownload to print

College of Arts and Sciences

Department of English

113 Satterfield Hall
Tel: 330-672-2676
Fax: 330-672-3152


The Bachelor of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language provides students with a broad understanding of both theory and practice in language studies, pedagogy and culture. Students gain mastery in implementing their skills in varied second-language teaching contexts; in addition, they can observe and participate with international learners in a state-of-the-art technology classroom. Students completing their practicum work in Dresden, Germany, receive a Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language. Students can additionally work toward state teacher licensure by completing the Education minor.

Career Opportunities

At the undergraduate level, our programs prepare students for careers in teaching English as a second and/or foreign language, as well as for graduate and professional studies in language, education, and communications. Many graduates of the B.A. in TESL go on to teach English abroad.

Teachers of adult literacy and English as a second language held about 77,400 jobs in 201. Additional teachers worked as unpaid volunteers. Many of the jobs are Federally funded, with additional funds coming from State and local governments. The majority of these teachers are employed by the educational services industry. (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Admission Requirements

General Admissions for Freshman Students: Admission Requirements at the Kent Campus: The freshman admission policy at the Kent Campus is selective. Admission decisions are based upon the following: cumulative grade point average, ACT and/or SAT scores, strength of high school college preparatory curriculum and grade trends.

The university affirmatively strives to provide educational opportunities and access to students with varied backgrounds, those with special talents and adult students who graduated from high school three or more years ago. For more information on admissions, visit the admissions website for new freshmen.

General Admissions for Transfer Students: Generally, a transfer applicant who has taken 12 or more semester hours with a college cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale may be admitted. An applicant who has taken fewer than 12 semester hours will be evaluated on both collegiate and high school records. For more information on admissions, visit the admissions website for transfer students.

Graduation Requirements

Minimum 120 total credit hours and 42 upper-division hours for graduation. Minimum 2.000 GPA overall and 2.000 GPA in major required for graduation.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

1. Demonstrate their professional knowledge through projects and writing in our professionalizing courses (Pedagogy and Practicum).

2. Perform in our writing intensive courses.

3. Demonstrate learning and effective teaching practices incorporating distance learning, computer-assisted learning, and effective use of software.

4. Engage with diversity by defining and identifying the English Language Learners they are likely to serve and by developing effective teaching strategies to teach for diversity.

Study Abroad/Away Opportunities

Teaching English as a Foreign Language Certificate with required study abroad in Dresden, Germany

Program Fee


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TESL Society

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