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Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second/Foreign Language

College of Arts and Sciences


Name: Teddy Bofman
Phone: (773)442-5878
Link: Department Website


The M.A. in Teaching English as a Second/Foreign Language gives students an understanding of the nature of language, culture, instruction, assessment, and professionalism, and their interrelationships. The M.A. in TESL/TEFL prepares one to teach English in the U.S. (in public and private schools, as well as in city and community colleges and adult education programs) or overseas.

English language learners are the fastest growing group of students in the United States today.

Is this for me?

If you love meeting people from around the world and learning about their languages and cultures, you will find an M.A. in TESL/TEFL rewarding. Most of our graduates become ESL/EFL teachers, but a variety of other career paths are available as well.


A degree in TESL/TEFL is in great demand, both in the U.S. and abroad. Graduates from the TESL/TEFL program find employment in teaching in pre-K-12 public as well as private schools, in colleges, and in adult continuing education. Additionally, a career path in TESL/TEFL can result in jobs like teacher training, program administration, curriculum development, and materials development.  Our graduates also use the skills they have developed in the program in areas such as research, publishing, advocacy, and government, both in the U.S. and abroad. Some TESL/TEFL graduates also enroll in doctoral programs.