• English as a Second Language

    Nationally recognized by NCATE and TESOL, Hamline's second language teaching and learning program aims to: prepare outstanding teachers of English as a Second Language (ESL), English as a Foreign Language (EFL) and bilingual education; develop the capacity of these teachers to meet the requirements of educating people who are learning English as an additional language; and provide continuing professional development to mainstream teachers on topics related to educating non-native speakers of English

    Graduates of Our Programs

    • Support and enhance learners' acquisition of excellent social and academic English
    • Help learners maintain and expand their first language
    • Use their understanding of linguistic principles to inform instruction
    • Integrate the teaching of language and content
    • Understand the effects of culture on language learning
    • Collaborate with other professionals to support non-native speakers of English
    • Reflect on their own learning and teaching to further personal and professional growth
    • Advocate for students who are in the language minority and promote social justice

    Advanced Degrees

    Master of Arts in English as a Second Language
    Master of Arts in Teaching: ESL Initial License


    Teachers of Adult ESL certificate
    ESL for Mainstream Teachers certificate
    TEFL and Advanced TEFL certificate


    ESL initial license (as part of the MAT program)
    Bilingual additional license
    ESL additional license