A major in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) focuses on understanding the components of languages--sounds, words, and syntax or grammar--and the interrelationship between language and cultural attitudes, values, and practices, and then on applying this understanding to teaching English to those whose first or native language is not English (English language learners).
This major offers excellent preparation for vocations such as teaching ESL (English as a Second Language) both within the United States and in other countries, developing instructional materials--including resources for assessing language fluency--and working in government agencies and non-profit organizations in international settings. Also, by completing the Professional Sequence for Teacher Education, one may use a TESOL program to earn an ESL K-12 Endorsement on Iowa Teacher Licensure.
**All majors and minors are encouraged to consult an academic advisor each semester to review their program and degree requirements. For information on requirements for Teacher Licensure programs and teaching endorsements, select the "Information for Students" tab on the Teacher Education at UNI homepage.