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The need for professionals in the field of TESOL continues to grow exponentially both nationally and internationally. These professionals are needed in so many sectors, especially the field of education - from public K-12 school systems to community colleges and universities.

Emporia State’s TESOL program prepares candidates to serve this increasing need for Teaching English as a Second and/or Foreign Language nationally at college, university, and public school level as well as internationally in private and public institutions worldwide.


The TESOL program offices are within the Department of Instructional Design & Technology on the third floor of Visser Hall. Visser Hall is located off of Merchant Street between 18th Avenue and 15th Avenue, with its main entrance on the east side. The three story, dark brick and concrete building houses four of the six departments of The Teachers College.

Metered parking is available in the parking lot immediately to the west of Visser Hall.


The TESOL Teacher education program reflects the mission of The Teachers College and personnel preparation unit of Emporia State University. This conceptual framework outlines program goals, outcomes, and assessment procedures that build on our earlier program goals, outcomes and assessment procedures.


The university is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation. The ESOL teacher licensure program is accredited by KSDE and the teacher education unit of ESU is accredited by NCATE. The program is designed to allow Kansas-certified teachers to apply 15 credit hours to obtain a licensure in TESOL. However, it is NOT required to have a teaching certification to join the MA-TESOL program.