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Learning Outcomes

Graduates are able to:
  • Use research into the structure and acquisition of language to help English learns (ELs) develop language, literacy and content knowledge.
  • Use research into the nature and role of culture and cultural groups to construct supportive learning environments for ELs.
  • Use evidence-based principles and practices to plan, implement and manage standards-based ESOL and content instruction.
  • Understand assessment issues in TESOL and use standards-based measures with ESOL students.
  • Use knowledge of TESOL, both past and present, to reflect on and improve professional practices.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of ODU’s MATESOL program can pursue English as a Second Language careers in a variety of fields, such as:
  • Teachers of children and adults in the United States and abroad 
  • Program directors  
  • Placement test coordinators  
  • Educational program material developers  

By earning their TESOL endorsement, teachers who are already licensed in another subject area are prepared to teach English as a Second Language. 

ODU TESOL graduates may also pursue advanced degrees, such as their doctorate in TESOL.

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages