Master's Program in Teaching English as a Second Language

The M.Ed. Program in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) is a 33 hour program designed to prepare teachers to work with K-12 learners in the public schools, adult ESL (English as a Second Language), and EFL (English as a Foreign Language) students. The program allows those current teachers who already possess an “A” level license in another teaching discipline to receive licensure in ESL. For more information about the non-licensure strand please contact the Program Director.  

Part of the university’s mission states that “UNC Charlotte maintains a particular commitment to addressing the cultural, economic, educational, environmental, health, and social needs of the greater Charlotte region.” This program serves the current needs of the educational community by preparing highly qualified teachers to work with diverse English Language Learners at the K12 level and beyond. 

The potential job prospects for those who attain an M.Ed. in TESL are high. Graduates can secure employment as:
• teachers within different K12 school districts or at the school district levels and trainers and coaches,
• ESL instructors at English Language institutes within local community colleges and universities,
• instructors or program directors at non-profit organizations that serve immigrants and refugees,
• English instructors in educational of business settings within international contexts, or
• consultants within federal and state government agencies.

It is important to note that English as a Second Language (ESL) is identified as a high needs area in North Carolina. Federal and state loan forgiveness programs are available to students pursuing degrees in the area of ESL.


MED Program of Study

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TESL Graduate Program Director
Lan Quach Kolano, Ph.D., Professor of Education
Dept. of Middle, Secondary, and K-12 Education