The demand for ESL teachers in the United States is increasing every year. If you want to teach English as a Second Language (ESL) classes, then you need to obtain an ESL teacher certification. The process to obtain an ESL teacher certification depends on whether you want to teach ESL abroad or in the United States.
If you want to teach ESL in a foreign country, then you generally need a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or college and work papers to teach ESL abroad. If you want to teach ESL in a foreign country, then you do not need to have an ESL teacher certification. However, having an ESL teacher certification often makes you a more attractive candidate when applying for an ESL job in a foreign country.
If you want to teach ESL in the United States, then you will need to go through the normal teacher certification process in order to receive your ESL teacher certification. Receiving your teacher certification in the United States consists of a combination of prerequisite requirements, teacher preparation, and required testing. After completing this process, you must pass an ESL subject test in order to receive your ESL teacher certification. Once you have received your ESL teacher certification, you will have the ability to teach ESL classes in elementary and secondary schools.
Some states have alternative teacher certification programs for people interested in receiving an ESL teacher certification. You can find out if your state has an alternate ESL teacher certification program by doing some quick research on our state’s department of education website.
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