The M.A. in TESOL and Intercultural Studies and the graduate Certificate in TESOL, which includes endorsements in ESL and bilingual education, provide an affordable opportunity for TeachBeyond staff and international workers to access TESOL training. If you are preparing to serve as an English language teacher in K-12 or higher education, the TESOL program is tailored to your needs.
This program applies to current staff members and international workers of TeachBeyond. It is designed for those who are accepted into a degree program at Wheaton or indicate they intend to become a degree-seeking student. The benefits include:
- 25% reduction in tuition for the fall and spring semester online courses.
- A reduced summer tuition rate that is almost 50% less than the cost of regular tuition.
Qualified candidates are persons who have been fully accepted and approved by TeachBeyond. This could include international workers who work as teachers in national and international schools, as well as support staff and administrators in TeachBeyond’s offices in Illinois, Canada, and the United Kingdom.
Three Levels of TESOL Training
The TESOL program is offered in three levels based on your professional goals. Courses taken for credit can be applied towards an endorsement or a master’s degree.
Level 1 – TESOL Certificate in June
During the month of June, Wheaton offers three courses for teachers who are new to the field of TESOL. These courses are designed around TeachBeyond’s Pre-Field Orientation (PFO) and are offered on Wheaton’s campus. Courses also include a supervised teaching practicum with English language learners in the Chicago area. The TESOL Certificate (issued by the Institute for Cross-Cultural Training), can be taken for 2 or 4 credit hours or non-credit.
See the summer 2016 TESOL Certificate course schedule (PDF) for more information about the TESOL Certificate.
Level 2 – ESL Endorsement – Summers-Only/Online Program
An ESL endorsement trains TeachBeyond teachers to serve as ESL/EFL specialists in their schools, and they can also be ESL teachers in North America. The endorsement is made for teachers who already have an elementary, middle, or secondary teaching license. ESL endorsement curriculum consists of intensive TESOL courses at Wheaton during the summer (June and July), and online courses during the fall and spring semesters.
The state of Illinois requires 18 credit hours of coursework for the endorsement. The Graduate Certificate in TESOL. Students who wish to earn the Graduate Certificate can complete the extra 6 credit hours.
Please see the summer 2016 ESL Endorsement course schedule (PDF) for more details.
Level 3 – M.A. in TESOL and Intercultural Studies – Summers Only/Online Program
An M.A. in TESOL is the standard international requirement for long-term employment in higher education, including universities and language institutes. During the past 23 years, over 1,000 alumni have obtained teaching and leadership positions in higher education throughout the world.
The M.A. program is conveniently offered in a Summers-Only/Online format, which allows TeachBeyond teachers to earn the degree in three summers. Talk to your admissions counselor to learn more about this flexible degree option.
If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity and would like to apply, please contact: