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The Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and Master of Arts in Teaching Foreign Language (TFL) share courses and faculty, providing an added benefit of on-site collaboration across languages.

Bringing the world together—teaching language

Dr. Lynn Goldstein shares how our TESOL and Teaching Foreign Language programs prepare you for exciting careers in language education.

Our three-semester, 40-credit TESOL curriculum and our three-semester, 42-credit TFL curriculum provide solid foundations in language-teaching pedagogy, how languages are learned, and how languages work. These programs equip language teachers with the skills and expertise to facilitate language learning in the U.S. and abroad.

Career-oriented specializations in Language Program Administration, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), Teaching Foreign Language (TFL), International Education Management, and Intercultural Competence can be added to both degrees in a fourth semester. See the curriculum for more details.

Learning Goals

Our faculty has developed specific Learning Goals designed to help students significantly increase their understanding of language teaching pedagogy, theory, and research and assessment—all of which contribute to expanded career opportunities.

Experiential Learning Opportunities

Build valuable professional experience while you earn your degree. Copublish with faculty and hone your skills working in our numerous language programs:

Other opportunities for you to practice teaching:


Founded by students in 2009, B.U.I.L.D. (Build yoUrself in Language Development) offers free beginning-level classes in many different languages. This student-run activity will help you develop teaching skills in an informal, low-pressure environment.

Foreign Language Education Symposium (FLEDS)

Our annual student-run conference includes presentations that will interest teachers of many languages. As a member of the student committee, you’ll gain experience in running a professional conference.

Options for Peace Corps Service

You can integrate Peace Corps service into your degree.


While attending the TESOL or TFL program, you can work toward licensure through the State of Vermont’s peer review process. Students who are interested in teaching in K–12 public schools, some private schools, some international schools, and some adult schools will likely want to be licensed. It is up to you to determine whether Vermont’s teaching license is reciprocal with the state in which you wish to teach.

The peer review process can extend for several months beyond completing the TESOL/TFL program so you may not have your teaching license at graduation.

Recommended Licensure Progress Timeline

The following is a recommended timeline for working toward licensure while in the TESOL/TFL program:

  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2
    • Apply for immersive professional learning (IPL) funding from the Institute to help defray expenses associated with the licensure process
    • Take Praxis II test for teaching English Language Learners (ELL)
    • Apply for remote licensure with Vermont Board of Education
    • Participate in the Vermont Board of Education’s Peer Review Clinic
  • Semester 3
    • Complete a 13-week student teaching placement at the K–12 level (this is integrated into your Practicum Capstone course)
    • Create a portfolio documenting teaching proficiency (that is started during your Practicum Capstone course)
  • After completing our TESOL or TFL program
    • Submit your online portfolio within one year of applying for remote licensure

Discourse and Repartée

Discourse and Repartee March 2021

Learn more about TESOL and Teaching Foreign Language students and faculty in our annual newsletter Discourse and Repartée. In the 2021 edition, you will find a wide range of stories:

  • Forging a virtual community
  • Organizing a successful online symposium
  • Publishing and presenting on themes of language and racism, disability, and social justice
  • Online language teaching
  • Serving the most vulnerable populations
  • and more!

Read the 2021 edition of Discourse and Repartée.

Careers and Internships

Students also gain professional experience through internships. Our program will give you the skills and expertise to set yourself apart as your language education career begins. Our alumni are teachers, program directors, curriculum developers, assessment specialists, and teacher educators in the U.S. and around the world. They work at adult education centers, universities, community colleges, K–12 schools, and other language education programs. Many of our alumni have also gone on to PhD programs at prestigious institutions such as Harvard, Oxford, and Georgetown. Learn how they are thriving in their careers.

Tuition and Fees

Visit our tuition and fees page for detailed information.

We strongly encourage you to also contact your enrollment advisor to discuss costs as some TESOL and TFL students pay less than the full-time tuition in their final semester due to their overall course load.