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TEACHING ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE DEGREES

UNDERGRADUATE DEGREES

Very few undergrads choose to focus on teaching english as a second language. The typical subject gives out 6,156 undergrad degrees per year; 365 people last spring were granted an undergraduate degree in teaching english as a second language, making it the United States of America's 305th most popular course of study. The University of Hawaii at Manoa​ accounted for 26 of those degrees (#1 in the United States), and colleges in Puerto Rico granted more degrees than any U.S. State (60).

82 institutions in America grant four-year degrees in teaching english as a second language; accordingly, deciding on the right college frequently won't be easy. There are 2.3 offering the typical area of study per offering a four-year degree in teaching english as a second language, making it the 196th most widely available degree in the United States of America.

GRADUATE DEGREES

While 10% of last year's degrees in teaching english as a second language were bachelor's degrees; 90% were graduate degrees. Teaching english as a second language is the 62nd most popular master's or doctor's degree in the US, with 3,331 degrees awarded. For context, teaching english as a second language is 20% more popular among postgrad students than the average field.

In Total, 3,696 students received a bachelor's or higher in teaching english as a second language last year.

ONLINE TEACHING ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE DEGREES

835 of those 3,696 alumni (22.6%) went through completely remote programs - 1 college student and 834 postgrad students. As you've likely gathered by now, it is rather rare to find an American studying teaching english as a second language online. It is currently the 270th most in-demand remote major, and 99.8% shy of the national average of 481 students per subject. For graduate students, it is ranked 37th, and is 35.4% above the nation's average (616).

Inter American University of Puerto Rico-Arecibo​ awarded the only undergrad degree in teaching english as a second language last May.

2 institutions across the nation have bachelor's degrees via an exclusively remote program, making it the 196th most universally available online major in the United States. 2% of institutions furnishing the degree even have a fully online option, and 50% of the schools handing out the degree online are public.

If you would like to study teaching english as a second language and enjoy learning at your own rate, you should view Inter American University of Puerto Rico-Arecibo, as it has the 15th best teaching english as a second language program in America. They also have an additional 6 degrees fully online, so their systems are probably strong. Further, there are 416 remote undergraduates attending, which is 11% of their undergraduate population.

PARTIALLY ONLINE TEACHING ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE DEGREES

  • Last May, 97 students completed bachelor's degrees in teaching english as a second language partially online
  • Partially online bachelor's degrees in teaching english as a second language are offered at 76 schools around the nation
  • Last year, 434 students completed a bachelor's or higher in teaching english as a second language partially online
  • Inter American University of Puerto Rico-Arecibo's​ last undergraduate class contained a higher percentage of partially online teaching english as a second language majors than any other school in the USA (1.32%)
  • A bit less than 2 in every 9 partially online degrees in teaching english as a second language last spring were undergrad degrees; 78% were postgrad degrees
  • The average partially online subject awards 1,683 yearly bachelor's degrees or higher

IN-PERSON TEACHING ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE DEGREES

  • Last May, 266 people received bachelor's degrees in teaching english as a second language in-person
  • 4 schools nationally offer a college degree in teaching english as a second language in-person
  • 72.88% of all undergraduate degree in teaching english as a second language are done in-person
  • CUNY Queens College​ granted 25 in-person four-year degrees in teaching english as a second language, more than any other college in the nation
  • 2,161 students completed in-person postgraduate degrees in teaching english as a second language last May
  • The average course of study awards 4,293 annual bachelor's degrees in-person

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University of Hawaii at Manoa

#1 Best Online Colleges for Teaching English as a Second Language

University of Hawaii at Manoa is a large public university located in Honolulu, HI ranked 262nd in the United States. It has a total of 15,221 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 58.47% of applicants. University of Hawaii at Manoa offers 232 different majors and is best known for its Japanese Language and Literature, Native American Studies, and Teaching English as a Second Language programs (nationally ranked 1st, 1st, and 2nd respectively). With an annual tuition of $11,304 for in-state students and $33,336 for those from out-of-state, University of Hawaii at Manoa is somewhat moderately pricey. 58.75% of students graduate moving on to the next chapter of their lives, working. After graduation, alumni go on to bring home about $45,800 per year, which is 10% above the national median.

Honolulu, HI

https://manoa.hawaii.edu/

A-

Rating

58%

Acceptance

20,653

Students

#262

Ranking

$33,336

Tuition

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CUNY Queens College

#2 Best Online Colleges for Teaching English as a Second Language

CUNY Queens College is a large public institution located in Queens, NY ranked 63rd in New York. It has a total of 20,505 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 48.79% acceptance rate. CUNY Queens College offers 209 different majors and is best known for its Teaching English as a Second Language, Labor Studies, and Spanish Language Teacher Education programs (nationally ranked 1st, 3rd, and 3rd respectively). With an annual tuition of $6,930 for in-state students and $14,880 for those from out-of-state, CUNY Queens College is reasonably priced. 50.4% of students graduate beginning the next chapter of their lives, entering the labor market. After graduation, alumni go on to bring in more or less $48,200 per year, which is 16% greater than the national median.

Queens, NY

https://www.qc.cuny.edu

B

Rating

49%

Acceptance

24,148

Students

#449

Ranking

$14,880

Tuition

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University of Northern Iowa

#3 Best Online Colleges for Teaching English as a Second Language

University of Northern Iowa is a large public college located in Cedar Falls, IA ranked 17th in Iowa. It has a total of 10,467 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 79.05% acceptance rate. University of Northern Iowa offers 165 different majors and is best known for its Social Science Teacher Education, Teaching English as a Second Language, and Applied Economics programs (nationally ranked 2nd, 3rd, and 6th respectively). With an annual tuition of $7,665 for in-state students and $19,949 for those from out-of-state, University of Northern Iowa is reasonably priced. 61.09% of students graduate starting the next stage of their lives, joining the labor force. After college, alumni go on to make around $44,600 per year, which is 7% greater than the national median.

Cedar Falls, IA

www.uni.edu

C+

Rating

79%

Acceptance

13,040

Students

#703

Ranking

$19,949

Tuition

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Ohio State University-Main Campus

#4 Best Online Colleges for Teaching English as a Second Language

Ohio State University-Main Campus is a very large public university located in Columbus, OH ranked 160th in the nation. It has a total of 50,053 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 53.74% of applicants. Ohio State University-Main Campus offers 382 different majors and is best known for its Allied Health and Medical Assisting Services, Operations Management and Supervision, and Educational Administration and Supervision programs (nationally ranked 1st, 2nd, and 2nd respectively). With an annual tuition of $10,197 for students from Ohio and $31,174 for those from out-of-state, Ohio State University-Main Campus is somewhat moderately high-priced. 59.09% of students graduate beginning the next stage of their lives, working. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to draw close to $46,100 per year, which is 11% over the national median.

Columbus, OH

www.osu.edu/

A

Rating

54%

Acceptance

66,178

Students

#160

Ranking

$31,174

Tuition

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Union University

#5 Best Online Colleges for Teaching English as a Second Language

Union University is a small private institution located in Jackson, TN ranked 5th in Tennessee. It has a total of 2,400 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 52.72% of applicants. Union University offers 117 different majors and is best known for its Teaching English as a Second Language, Organizational Leadership, and Christian Studies programs (nationally ranked 6th, 7th, and 8th respectively). With an annual tuition of $32,650 per year, Union University is somewhat moderately high-priced. 63.3% of students graduate moving on to the next chapter of their lives, working. After graduation, alumni go on to earn about $43,200 per year, which is 4% greater than the national median.

Jackson, TN

www.uu.edu

B+

Rating

53%

Acceptance

3,718

Students

#387

Ranking

$32,650

Tuition

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Concordia University-Nebraska

#6 Best Online Colleges for Teaching English as a Second Language

Concordia University-Nebraska is a small private institution located in Seward, NE ranked 10th in Nebraska. It has a total of 2,114 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 78.47% of applicants. Concordia University-Nebraska offers 105 different majors and is best known for its Teaching English as a Second Language, Religious Education, and Behavioral Sciences programs (nationally ranked 9th, 14th, and 17th respectively). With an annual tuition of $32,890 per year, Concordia University-Nebraska is reasonably expensive. 61.03% of students graduate ready to the next chapter of their lives, working. After college, alumni go on to bring in close to $40,100 per year, which is 3% below the national median.

Seward, NE

www.cune.edu

C+

Rating

78%

Acceptance

2,888

Students

#839

Ranking

$32,890

Tuition

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Bethel University

#7 Best Online Colleges for Teaching English as a Second Language

Bethel University is a small private institution located in Saint Paul, MN ranked 15th in Minnesota. It has a total of 2,941 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 78.52% acceptance rate. Bethel University offers 96 different majors and is best known for its Pastoral Counseling, Spanish Language Teacher Education, and Teaching English as a Second Language programs (nationally ranked 5th, 5th, and 8th respectively). With an annual tuition of $38,300 per year, Bethel University is rather expensive. 56.69% of students graduate ready to the next chapter of their lives, employment. Open graduating, alumni go on to bring in more or less $47,300 per year, which is 14% over the national median.

Saint Paul, MN

https://www.bethel.edu

B-

Rating

79%

Acceptance

4,639

Students

#611

Ranking

$38,300

Tuition

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SUNY Cortland

#8 Best Online Colleges for Teaching English as a Second Language

SUNY Cortland is a mid-sized public institution located in Cortland, NY ranked 67th in New York. It has a total of 7,029 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 46.04% acceptance rate. SUNY Cortland offers 87 different majors and is best known for its Physical Education, Teaching English as a Second Language, and Fitness Administration programs (nationally ranked 5th, 5th, and 7th respectively). With an annual tuition of $7,070 for students from New York and $16,980 for those from out-of-state, SUNY Cortland is moderately priced. 65.24% of students graduate beginning the next phase of their lives, joining the workforce. After finishing college, alumni go on to take in roughly $47,000 per year, which is 13% greater than the national median.

Cortland, NY

www2.cortland.edu

B

Rating

46%

Acceptance

7,737

Students

#487

Ranking

$16,980

Tuition

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Indiana Wesleyan University-Marion

#9 Best Online Colleges for Teaching English as a Second Language

Indiana Wesleyan University-Marion is a small private college located in Marion, IN ranked 17th in Indiana. It has a total of 2,921 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 67% of applicants. Indiana Wesleyan University-Marion offers 96 different majors and is best known for its Pastoral Counseling, Substance Abuse and Addiction Counseling, and Religious Music programs (nationally ranked 1st, 3rd, and 3rd respectively). With an annual tuition of $27,296 per year, Indiana Wesleyan University-Marion is reasonably high-priced. 51.63% of students graduate starting the next phase of their lives, working. Open graduating, alumni go on to draw about $49,900 per year, which is 20% greater than the national median.

Marion, IN

https://www.indwes.edu

C+

Rating

67%

Acceptance

3,321

Students

#713

Ranking

$27,296

Tuition

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Liberty University

#10 Best Online Colleges for Teaching English as a Second Language

Liberty University is a very large private institution located in Lynchburg, VA ranked 32nd in Virginia. It has a total of 60,751 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 51.06% of applicants. Liberty University offers 229 different majors and is best known for its Music Pedagogy, Religious Music, and Music History, Literature, and Theory programs (nationally ranked 2nd, 4th, and 7th respectively). With an annual tuition of $21,361 per year, Liberty University is somewhat moderately high-priced. 29.77% of students graduate ready to the next phase of their lives, entering the workforce. Open graduating, alumni go on to draw more or less $36,700 per year, which is 12% less than the national median.

Lynchburg, VA

www.liberty.edu

C+

Rating

51%

Acceptance

111,084

Students

#1009

Ranking

$21,361

Tuition

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Brigham Young University-Hawaii

#11 Best Online Colleges for Teaching English as a Second Language

Brigham Young University-Hawaii is a small private institution located in Laie, HI ranked 2nd in Hawaii. It has a total of 3,875 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, accepting 97.33% of applicants. Brigham Young University-Hawaii offers 75 different majors and is best known for its Critical Theory and Analysis, Multicultural and Diversity Studies, and Teaching English as a Second Language programs (nationally ranked 4th, 6th, and 10th respectively). With an annual tuition of $5,720 per year, Brigham Young University-Hawaii is quite affordable. 38.54% of students graduate moving on to the next phase of their lives, employment. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to generate about $42,200 per year, which is 2% above the national median.

Laie, HI

www.byuh.edu/

C+

Rating

97%

Acceptance

3,875

Students

#854

Ranking

$5,720

Tuition

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The University of Texas at San Antonio

#12 Best Online Colleges for Teaching English as a Second Language

The University of Texas at San Antonio is a very large public college located in San Antonio, TX ranked 51st in Texas. It has a total of 30,742 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 76.59% of applicants. The University of Texas at San Antonio offers 196 different majors and is best known for its Teaching English as a Second Language, Hispanic-American Studies, and Interior Architecture programs (nationally ranked 11th, 23rd, and 25th respectively). With an annual tuition of $5,510 for in-state students and $17,511 for those from out-of-state, The University of Texas at San Antonio is moderately priced. 46.6% of students graduate moving on to the next chapter of their lives, working. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to generate approximately $45,300 per year, which is 9% above the national median.

San Antonio, TX

www.utsa.edu/

C+

Rating

77%

Acceptance

35,755

Students

#1201

Ranking

$17,511

Tuition

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Inter American University of Puerto Rico-Arecibo

#13 Best Online Colleges for Teaching English as a Second Language

Inter American University of Puerto Rico-Arecibo is a small private college located in Arecibo, PR ranked 8th in Puerto Rico. It has a total of 4,025 full-time undergraduate students and is relatively competitive, accepting 25.93% of applicants. Inter American University of Puerto Rico-Arecibo offers 50 different majors and is best known for its Spanish Language Teacher Education, Office Management and Supervision, and Teaching English as a Second Language programs (nationally ranked 11th, 13th, and 15th respectively). With an annual tuition of $4,560 per year, Inter American University of Puerto Rico-Arecibo is very cheap. 27.08% of students graduate starting the next phase of their lives, working. Open graduating, alumni go on to take home roughly $19,800 per year, which is 52% less than the national median.

Arecibo, PR

www.arecibo.inter.edu/

C

Rating

26%

Acceptance

4,432

Students

#1389

Ranking

$4,560

Tuition

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Inter American University of Puerto Rico-Ponce

#14 Best Online Colleges for Teaching English as a Second Language

Inter American University of Puerto Rico-Ponce is a small private institution located in Mercedita, PR ranked 11th in Puerto Rico. It has a total of 4,643 full-time undergraduate students and is somewhat competitive, with a 32.69% acceptance rate. Inter American University of Puerto Rico-Ponce offers 66 different majors and is best known for its Office Management and Supervision, Teaching English as a Second Language, and Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications programs (nationally ranked 8th, 16th, and 40th respectively). With an annual tuition of $4,560 per year, Inter American University of Puerto Rico-Ponce is quite low-priced. 24.19% of students graduate beginning the next phase of their lives, employment. After finishing college, alumni go on to make close to $19,800 per year, which is 52% below the national median.

Mercedita, PR

www.ponce.inter.edu/

C

Rating

33%

Acceptance

5,115

Students

#1454

Ranking

$4,560

Tuition

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Kent State University at Kent

#15 Best Online Colleges for Teaching English as a Second Language

Kent State University at Kent is a very large public university located in Kent, OH ranked 68th in Ohio. It has a total of 25,878 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, with a 85.54% acceptance rate. Kent State University at Kent offers 330 different majors and is best known for its Teaching English as a Second Language, Commercial and Advertising Art, and Science Teacher Education programs (nationally ranked 14th, 19th, and 19th respectively). With an annual tuition of $10,602 for students from Ohio and $19,478 for those from out-of-state, Kent State University at Kent is moderately priced. 40.06% of students graduate starting the next stage of their lives, joining the labor force. Open graduating, alumni go on to earn roughly $38,000 per year, which is 9% below the national median.

Kent, OH

www.kent.edu

C

Rating

86%

Acceptance

33,013

Students

#1485

Ranking

$19,478

Tuition

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Eastern Washington University

#16 Best Online Colleges for Teaching English as a Second Language

Eastern Washington University is a large public institution located in Cheney, WA ranked 22nd in Washington. It has a total of 13,910 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, accepting 95.7% of applicants. Eastern Washington University offers 144 different majors and is best known for its Developmental and Child Psychology, Web Design, and Teaching English as a Second Language programs (nationally ranked 12th, 14th, and 18th respectively). With an annual tuition of $6,543 for students from Washington and $24,074 for those from out-of-state, Eastern Washington University is reasonably costly. 53.27% of students graduate ready to the next chapter of their lives, joining the labor force. After finishing college, alumni go on to make about $43,100 per year, which is 4% greater than the national median.

Cheney, WA

www.ewu.edu

C+

Rating

96%

Acceptance

15,961

Students

#1171

Ranking

$24,074

Tuition

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Lancaster Bible College

#17 Best Online Colleges for Teaching English as a Second Language

Lancaster Bible College is a small private seminary located in Lancaster, PA with a student to faculty ratio of 14 to 1. It has a total of 2,043 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, with a 96.01% acceptance rate. Lancaster Bible College offers 48 different majors and is best known for its Teaching English as a Second Language, Bible Studies, and Pastoral Counseling programs (nationally ranked 17th, 23rd, and 23rd respectively). With an annual tuition of $25,490 per year, Lancaster Bible College is somewhat moderately pricey. 55.47% of students graduate moving on to the next chapter of their lives, employment. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to make around $34,300 per year, which is 17% less than the national median.

Lancaster, PA

https://www.LBC.edu

C

Rating

96%

Acceptance

2,570

Students

#1374

Ranking

$25,490

Tuition

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Minnesota State University Moorhead

#18 Best Online Colleges for Teaching English as a Second Language

Minnesota State University Moorhead is a mid-sized public college located in Moorhead, MN ranked 29th in Minnesota. It has a total of 5,989 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting a smidgeon below 2 out of every 3 applicants. Minnesota State University Moorhead offers 136 different majors and is best known for its Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Teaching English as a Second Language, and Health Teacher Education programs (nationally ranked 15th, 19th, and 20th respectively). With an annual tuition of $7,632 for in-state students and $15,264 for those from out-of-state, Minnesota State University Moorhead is reasonably priced. 47.79% of students graduate moving on to the next phase of their lives, employment. After finishing college, alumni go on to make close to $40,600 per year, which is 2% below the national median.

Moorhead, MN

https://www.mnstate.edu/

C+

Rating

65%

Acceptance

7,534

Students

#1195

Ranking

$15,264

Tuition

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University of Northwestern-St Paul

#19 Best Online Colleges for Teaching English as a Second Language

University of Northwestern-St Paul is a small private institution located in Saint Paul, MN ranked 26th in Minnesota. It has a total of 3,920 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, with a 91.79% acceptance rate. University of Northwestern-St Paul offers 68 different majors and is best known for its Pre-Nursing Studies, Missionary Studies, and Bible Studies programs (nationally ranked 1st, 16th, and 19th respectively). With an annual tuition of $31,580 per year, University of Northwestern-St Paul is reasonably expensive. 54.27% of students graduate ready to the next chapter of their lives, joining the labor force. Open graduating, alumni go on to make roughly $38,500 per year, which is 7% below the national median.

Saint Paul, MN

https://www.unwsp.edu

C+

Rating

92%

Acceptance

4,149

Students

#1037

Ranking

$31,580

Tuition

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University of Wisconsin-River Falls

#20 Best Online Colleges for Teaching English as a Second Language

University of Wisconsin-River Falls is a mid-sized public college located in River Falls, WI ranked 20th in Wisconsin. It has a total of 6,262 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 78.88% of applicants. University of Wisconsin-River Falls offers 70 different majors and is best known for its Computational Science, Agricultural Mechanization, and Teaching English as a Second Language programs (nationally ranked 7th, 11th, and 20th respectively). With an annual tuition of $6,428 for students from Wisconsin and $14,001 for those from out-of-state, University of Wisconsin-River Falls is pretty inexpensive. 54.28% of students graduate beginning the next stage of their lives, employment. After finishing college, alumni go on to bring home roughly $40,900 per year, which is 2% less than the national median.

River Falls, WI

https://www.uwrf.edu

C+

Rating

79%

Acceptance

6,847

Students

#1065

Ranking

$14,001

Tuition

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Lee University

#21 Best Online Colleges for Teaching English as a Second Language

Lee University is a mid-sized private institution located in Cleveland, TN ranked 23rd in Tennessee. It has a total of 5,363 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, accepting 81.75% of applicants. Lee University offers 122 different majors and is best known for its Religious Music, Pastoral Counseling, and Religious Education programs (nationally ranked 14th, 18th, and 20th respectively). With an annual tuition of $18,120 per year, Lee University is moderately priced. 43.47% of students graduate moving on to the next chapter of their lives, entering the labor force. After finishing college, alumni go on to make approximately $34,200 per year, which is 18% below the national median.

Cleveland, TN

www.leeuniversity.edu

C

Rating

82%

Acceptance

5,985

Students

#1394

Ranking

$18,120

Tuition