The need to break down the language barriers many students face is more urgent now than ever. In the last decade, the percentage of students in which English is a second language has increased to nearly 10 percent of the national student population. Teaching English to this student population is an ever-increasing challenge that you can assist with when you earn your TESOL endorsement.

One of the most important and highly-valued skills a teacher can have in today’s educational environment is the ability to meet students where they are in terms of language, background and life experience and help them integrate within their immediate community. With a TESOL endorsement, not only will your job opportunities increase, but you can make a difference in the lives of students who need guidance, and set them up for a lifetime of success.

If you are not an education major, a TESOL minor without the endorsement opens up a world of opportunities. You will find it beneficial if you wish to explore teaching abroad post-graduation or if you plan to continue your education in a graduate program.