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Be the Bridge Between Cultures

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Major

Language forms a bridge between cultures and being the one to bridge that gap can be extremely rewarding. The ESOL program at Salisbury University leads to a Bachelor of Arts in teaching English to speakers of other languages (ESOL) and a State of Maryland K-12 ESOL Certification. The program is designed to prepare educators in instructional and leadership capacities for K-12 school settings.

Why Choose an ESOL Major at Salisbury University?

SU’s interdisciplinary oriented program is designed for both native and non-native speakers of English who wish to enter the teaching profession. Our K-12 ESOL Certification Program is aligned with national standards, as established by the National TESOL Organization and AAQEP. It also reflects principles of Maryland’s Redesign for Teacher Education.

At SU, you will find a personalized program with:

  • Up-to-date training that is customized to local and national needs, resources and cultures of our international students
  • Experienced, international faculty spanning a diversity of continents, countries, institutions and linguistic backgrounds
  • Embedded field experiences, including field observation and internship opportunities
  • Field placements at professional development sites that provide close collaboration and mentoring with highly qualified school personnel
  • Opportunities to complete internships abroad as part of graduate programs
  • The option of face-to-face or online instruction

With Salisbury, you can expand your experiences beyond our borders. Our ESOL graduates have taught English abroad in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and South America.

Careers for ESOL Majors

What can you do as an English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) major? Our ESOL program is designed for students who wish to enter the teaching profession. Using your mastery of the English language, you could become one of the following:

  • Academic Advisor
  • Academic Communications Instructor
  • Adult ESOL Teacher
  • ESOL Program Director
  • Government Agency Advisor
  • Speech Instructor
  • Translator/Interpreter
Meet Amanda – ESOL Major

Meet Amanda – ESOL Major

Find out the skills Amanda has learned from ESOL that she finds both interesting and marketable in the job industry.  

ESOL Faculty with Real-World Experience

Our highly experienced faculty includes recipients of the prestigious Henry C. Welcome Fellowship and linguist experts serving on competitive, specially convened panels for agencies such as the Native American and Alaskan Children in School Program, Office of English Language Acquisition and Early Childhood Education Program.

Not only is it about language learning itself, but also learning about the culture, and seeing and respecting the differences.
Derya Kulavuz-Onal, Ph.D. Applied Linguistics/TESOL Faculty

Learn More About Our ESOL Program