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Teaching English as a Second Language

The Associate of Arts Degree is offered primarily for students who plan to seek employment teaching their native language as a second or foreign language immediately after completing their program of study. The majority of the training for this degree concentrates on specific techniques and practicum courses for the teaching of second and foreign languages. 

As this is intended primarily as a vocational degree, many of the course credits required for graduation are specific to the teaching of second or foreign languages. However, students are also required to complete a specific number of instructional hours directed at assuring that they are proficient in applying communication, computation, interpersonal, and leadership skills to their employment. Some students who complete this degree will teach second or foreign languages outside of the United States. Others will transfer to senior institutions with full junior standing to complete their baccalaureate degree. 

The program also prepares students for employment within the United States as teachers in adult education programs and as aides, teacher assistants, or tutors in the public schools. In addition to general education courses required for the AA degree, the TESL curriculum includes a language requirement and TESL courses designed to give maximum teaching and learning experience.


Mission Statement

The mission of the Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) department is to prepare students to teach English to speakers of other languages.  This innovative program of excellences offers students the opportunity to interact with the international student community at Snow College in the ESL curriculum.  It also takes the global experience out to the surrounding communities and abroad.


TESL Certificate

The TESL Certificate is available for students who complete the TESL major.

Students interested in pursuing a Bachelor's degree in TESOL after graduating from Snow College with an emphasis in TESL should consider Brigham Young University-Hawaii. BYU-Hawaii offers a Bachelor's Degree in TESOL.