TESOL Major & Minor


If you are passionate about intercultural communication and want the credentials for teaching English anywhere in the world, a degree in TESOL is right for you. TESOL stands for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages and is a unique course of study leading to rewarding career paths and experiences.

Goshen College is one of the few colleges in the United States to offer TESOL programs and a K-12 teaching license. Our language teaching program emphasizes the importance of a global perspective, the power of language acquisition, and the ability of stories to connect people.

Connect with People from Around the World

Participants of the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) program will have the opportunity to connect with people from all over the world. You will learn about different cultures and how to communicate effectively in a second or foreign language with people from other cultures. You will also learn how to teach English to speakers of other languages.

Through our TESOL courses, you will gain valuable experience for a teaching career. You will have the opportunity to student teach in various settings, including elementary education, secondary English education, ESL students, and community-based organizations. You will also have the chance to participate in international teaching experiences through our study abroad program.

The Perfect Choice for Those Who Want to Teach English All Over the World

An undergraduate degree in TESOL is an ideal choice for those interested in teaching English in another country or working with speakers of other languages in the United States.

Key Points of the TESOL Major & Minor available at Goshen College:

  • Our TESOL program emphasizes a global perspective
  • Students learn the importance of language in society
  • TESOL majors see firsthand the power of shared narratives and stories to connect people
  • Students get opportunities to connect and learn from people of different cultures
  • Students learn through hands-on teaching experience

Learn about Linguistics, Education, and Intercultural Studies at GC

Through a robust course offering and strong multidisciplinary foundation, you will be well-prepared for various international teaching opportunities. Topics of focus include:

  • Linguistics: The study of language and how it is used
  • Education: Theories and practices of teaching and learning
  • Intercultural Studies: How different cultures interact with each other

TESOL majors will have the opportunity to learn about other cultures through their interactions with international students and coursework. TESOL minors can supplement their major with multicultural insight and experience by taking advantage of the TESOL course offerings and interacting with international students on campus.

When finished with your bachelor’s degree program, you will be prepared to pursue a master’s degree, other graduate degrees, your initial certification, or your desired career.

Get Real-World Teaching and Tutoring Experience

At GC, you will learn about linguistics, education, and intercultural studies and have plenty of opportunities to gain real-world tutoring and teacher preparation. When paired with an education major, GC’s TESOL program will give you the necessary skill set and license to work with English language learners at the elementary or secondary level.

In addition, you will have the opportunity to travel abroad through our semester-long Study-Service Term to a developing country and teach English. TESOL graduates have landed English teaching jobs all over the globe:

  • U.S. public schools
  • Adult education centers
  • Schools from Paraguay to Egypt to Japan

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