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120 credit hours
100% career outcome rate1

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If you’re passionate about intercultural communication and want the credentials to teach English anywhere in the world, a degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) may be the right fit for you. Teaching English to refugees and immigrants in the U.S., or to individuals overseas, is a means of serving diverse populations, in the name of Christ, to help them achieve academic success, get better jobs and master a new skill.

Although English language learners in the classes you teach will come from different backgrounds, they share a need for informed, compassionate and effective teachers who can understand the challenges they face. With a degree in TESOL from Concordia University, Nebraska, you’ll gain the diverse instructional techniques, culturally responsive teaching practices and a strong foundation in second language acquisition that can make an enormous difference in your students’ educational experiences and their lives.

The TESOL program at Concordia Nebraska is specifically designed for non-education majors, preparing you to teach English as a second language internationally or in adult ESL programs in universities, refugee centers or community centers in the United States. You’ll build an understanding of the foundations of English language instruction in both English as a second language and English as a foreign language contexts as well as bilingual education, including current theories of second language acquisition, linguistic analysis and the role culture plays in second language teaching. You’ll also be able to supplement your classroom learning with real-world, hands-on experiences teaching English to speakers of other languages in programs both in the U.S. and abroad.

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Core Concepts

The TESOL program at Concordia University, Nebraska prepares competent, caring, inclusive and proactive TESOL professional educators who make a difference in their students’ lives. Graduates of the TESOL program are also equipped to present the Gospel, particularly in countries where traditional missionaries and church workers have trouble gaining access.

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TESOL opens my mind to how other cultures live and learn a language, and it opens doors for me to work with a wide diversity of people.
Grace Kohnke
Lincoln, Nebraska

Concordia NebraskaTESOL: Learning Objectives

Students in the TESOL program at Concordia University, Nebraska will understand the structure of the English language (phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics and discourse).

Students will gain knowledge of first and second language development and the development of bilingualism and multilingualism.

Students will be able to use a wide range of assessment tools for including informal/formal, individual/group, formative/summative instruments.

Students will learn to be skillful in a wide range of instructional materials, approaches and methods for learners at different stages of development and from differing cultural and linguistic backgrounds.

Students will design, implement and assess K-12, post-secondary and community programs focused on multicultural language and literacy education in English.

Concordia NebraskaTESOL: Program Goals


Students in the TESOL program at Concordia University, Nebraska will demonstrate understanding of language as a system and use that knowledge to support ELLs as they acquire English language and literacy in order to achieve in the content areas. 


Students will understand and use major concepts, principles, theories and research related to the nature and role of culture and cultural groups to construct supportive learning environments for ELLs.


Students will use evidence-based practices and strategies related to planning, implementation and management of standards-based ESL and content instruction.


Students will be able to implement a variety of standards-based teaching strategies and techniques for developing and integrating the English language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. 

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TESOL Faculty

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Concordia Nebraska TESOL: Career Outcomes

Curriculum Developer

Curriculum developers are highly-trained educational professionals who create instructional materials that teachers use in the classroom to facilitate student learning. As a TESOL curriculum developer, you would evaluate teachers’ instruction, analyze education standards and implement curriculum for your school, ESL program or global ministries organization.

6% Annual Growth Rate2
$36,360 Entry-Level Salary2
$64,650 Mid-Level Salary2
$102,200 Late-Level Salary2

English as a Second Language Teacher

ESL teachers instruct students whose first language isn’t English in reading, writing and conversing effectively. When you teach English to speakers of other languages, you help your students approach the English language from a real-life perspective, generally focusing on conversational or job-related communication skills.

10.6% Annual Growth Rate2
$33,610 Entry-Level Salary2
$53,300 Mid-Level Salary2
$107,550 Late-Level Salary2

TESOL Administrator

TESOL program administrators plan, implement and evaluate courses offered by ESL programs in schools or other organizations. As a TESOL administrator, you would function as a leader and manager, overseeing teachers, establishing long-term objectives and helping your organization thrive and grow.

10.1% Annual Growth Rate2
$52,960 Entry-Level Salary2
$92,360 Mid-Level Salary2
$182,150 Late-Level Salary2

Concordia NebraskaTESOL: Related Programs


Middle Level Education

The middle level education program at Concordia Nebraska connects theory with practice to prepare graduates to teach grades 5 through 9 in both self-contained and departmentalized classrooms. As a middle level education major, you will choose from among math, science, social sciences and language arts and have the opportunity to add a second subject from those or Spanish, physical education and ELL/ESL, allowing your passion for teaching to connect with your subject-area passions, which you can share with your students.

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With its emphasis on communication for real-world purposes, the Spanish program at Concordia University, Nebraska will prepare you for graduate studies, professional school or a career in a number of fields. Our small classes and personalized attention mean you get the most from your education.

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World and Intercultural Studies

The world and intercultural studies program at Concordia is a 48 hour cross-disciplinary major designed for students with interests in international service, communication, world missions, language or cultural studies. World and intercultural studies can be an effective stand-alone major, or you can choose to pair it with majors or minors in business, communication, sociology, theology and more so you can combine your passions and find the career that best suits you.

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1 Recent graduates attending graduate school or employed within six months of graduation.

2 Career salary and wages sourced from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.