TESOL Teaching

TESOL Teaching

Students interested in TESOL are often curious about other languages and cultures, and they want to help new English speakers in their language studies at home or abroad. If this sounds like you, then the TESOL teaching major at the University of Northern Iowa is the perfect place to get started.


Courses emphasize language and language teaching, and they explore the interrelationships between language and culture. In addition, the program will help students develop a solid foundation in teaching methods and classroom leadership through professional education courses and student teaching experiences. Students will gain valuable skills in writing and public speaking that make them sought-after candidates in a variety of professions. 


Students majoring in TESOL teaching will graduate with the confidence, skills and knowledge needed to teach English to speakers of other languages at the K-12 level (students in this program acquire the licensure needed to teach in public schools), or even internationally. 

2014-15 graduates in TESOL (teaching English to speakers of other languages) had 100 percent pass rate on Praxis II exam, the test required to complete a teaching program.


Take the Language Placement Test before signing up for language classes.


Photo of TESOL club students

The TESOL Club's goal reaches beyond their focus in English as a second or foreign language, and ultimately works to make the UNI campus, Cedar Valley and beyond a more progressive, tolerant and welcoming place for everyone.

Student tutoring another student
Field Experience

As a TESOL education major, you will have three field experiences in which you will explore, define and sharpen your skills as a future classroom teacher.  Your teaching experience will be capped off with semester-long student teaching which can be done in Iowa, throughout the United States or overseas.

Students in the classroom
Educator Prep

Students in UNI’s educator preparation programs acquire more than 700 hours of hands-on classroom experience before graduation. This is done through more than 350 school district partnerships, 9 Iowa student teaching centers, and one out of state & international student teaching center that coordinates all out of state and international student teaching placements.


96% of last year's UNI graduates are employed or continuing their education


Teacher (U.S. or abroad)

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Have questions or want more information? Fill out the form below and someone from the department will contact you directly. To receive general university information from UNI’s admissions office, please click on ‘Request More Info About UNI’.

Jim O'Loughlin, Interim Department Head,
Department of Languages and Literatures
Phone: 319-273-2821

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