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Teaching English as a Second Language (ESL)

Classrooms are growing more and more diverse by the day; socioeconomically, racially, ethnically, and linguistically. In Middle Tennessee and across the United States, school districts, higher education institutions, and community organizations are in desperate need of well-prepared, culturally responsive, effective educators to meet the needs of students whose first language is not English. Belmont’s English as a Second Language (ESL) programs prepare students to meet the needs of those English-learning scholars.

Belmont’s College of Education offers an undergraduate major and an undergraduate minor, both which prepare teacher education candidates for ESL licensure/endorsement for grades Kindergarten through twelfth:

Teaching English as a Second Language (ESL), B.A.

For undergraduate students wishing to pursue ESL as a major and their initial area for teacher licensure/endorsement, the ESL major allows students to pursue a B.A. degree, while pursuing a minor in another area of study.

English as a Second Language (ESL), Minor

For undergraduate students pursuing teacher licensure in elementary education, secondary education, or arts education, the ESL minor (18-credit hours) provides the preparation needed to add the ESL endorsement to your Tennessee teaching license. For undergraduate students not pursuing teacher licensure, the ESL minor provides the preparation needed to be effective ESL instructors who are culturally responsive to the needs of English learners in private schools, adult and higher education, or community organizations.