Bachelor of Arts in TESOL

The B.A. in TESOL prepares professional teachers of English to speakers of other languages with the knowledge and skills necessary to teach both children and adults effectively in a wide variety of cross-cultural settings. You'll be prepared for leadership roles in TESOL and for living and teaching in another country or culture.

What You'll Learn 

  • Basic understanding of linguistics and Second Language Acquisition (SLA).
  • How to use of materials, methods, and procedures appropriate for effective second-language teaching.
  • How to plan and develop lessons for teaching English to speakers of other languages.
  • How to apply principles and rationale for using English language teaching as a means of ministering cross-culturally.

Program Length 

This 120-credit-hour degree can be completed in 4 years.

Why Study TESOL at CIU?

• Our professors are seasoned veterans in TESOL and are experts in the field.
• The program has a proven track record of placing qualified English teachers around the world.
• The program equips you in intercultural ministry skills.


  • Minimum 120 semester hours
  • Minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA
  • Completion of a minimum of 120 semester hours of CIU coursework
  • Completion of a biblical studies core that includes 18 hours of Bible, theology, and ministry courses and at least 12 hours of additional interdisciplinary Bible-related courses
  • Minimum of 30 semester hours of general education

Career and Ministry Opportunities for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Graduates

A B.A. in TESOL equips students to:
• Teach adults in language institutes and universities in the United States and around the world.
• Teach ESL to K-12 students in the United States.
• Teaching English in the midst of ministry and mission work.

Bachelor of Arts in TESOL Admission Requirements

  • Online application
  • $25 application fee
  • Official high school transcript or successful completion of General Education Development (GED) Testing Program
  • Applicants who have attempted 12 or more college credits post-high school must provide official college transcripts of all work completed or in progress. Recommended college grade point average (GPA) is 2.0 on a 4.0 scale (those with a GPA under 2.0 may be admitted on a provisional basis)
  • Signed Statement of Understanding document (completed during the first course)
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