Interested in teaching English as a Second Language but need to be certified? Check out our new Masters of Arts in Teaching program with a specialization in Teaching English as a Second Language. You can be initially certified in North Carolina in our new program! Email Dr. Eleni Pappamihiel for more information.
Department of Instructional Technology, Foundations and Secondary Education
Watson College of Education
University of North Carolina
601 South College Road
Wilmington, NC 28403-5980
Welcome to the Teaching English as a Second Language Program
The Southeastern region of the United States has experienced very rapid growth in the past two decades. Immigrants and their families are coming to this area and adding to our communities and schools. However, there is a shortage of teachers that are prepared to work with immigrant children and the children of immigrants.
The Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) program at UNCW offers several programs to help alleviate this shortage, and you can be part of the solution!
ESL add-on license (Graduate and Undergraduate programs)
This non-degree program is designed for teachers who are already in schools but want to become certified to teach ESL. This is a 6-course program of study designed for teachers who do not want another degree. These courses are also appropriate for people who wish to teach English as a Foreign Language abroad.
Masters of Education (M.Ed) in TESL
This degree is designed for certified teachers who want to get their master’s degree in Teaching English as a Second Language.
Masters of Arts in Teaching (MAT) with a TESL Concentration
This degree is designed for people who already hold a bachelor’s degree (in any field) that want to become certified to teach English as a Second Language.