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But Why TESL?


Published: March 27, 2023

Author: Kasey Laughlin

TESL or Teaching English as a Second Language is an important endorsement to add to your teaching license and to have as an Educator within the state of Illinois. Understanding language and students who may speak more than one language is critical for effective teaching and learning. Teachers who understand how students learn the English language are better equipped to communicate effectively, manage their classrooms, differentiate instruction, and assess student learning.

Top 5 reasons to get a TESL endorsement

  • There is a high demand for TESL teachers:
  • Illinois has a high demand for qualified TESL teachers due to the state’s diverse population and large numbers of non-native English speakers. Obtaining a TESL endorsement can make you a highly sought-after candidate for teaching positions in both public and private schools, as well as in language schools and community centers. You do not have to speak another language to be an effective TESL teacher.

  • Expanded Job Opportunities:
  • With a TESL endorsement, you can teach English to non-native speakers in a variety of settings, including adult education programs, community colleges, and private language schools. This expands your job opportunities and allows you to work with students of different ages and backgrounds.

  • Professional Development:
  • Earning a TESL endorsement demonstrates your commitment to professional development and can enhance your teaching skills. The endorsement program provides specialized training in TESL methodology, language acquisition, and assessment, which can help you become a more effective overall teacher.

  • Competitive Salary:
  • TESL teachers in Illinois are generally well-compensated, with salaries often exceeding those of other teachers. Obtaining a TESL endorsement can help you negotiate a higher salary or qualify for higher paying positions.

  • Fulfilling Work:
  • Teaching English to non-native speakers can be incredibly rewarding, as you help students improve their language skills and assimilate into American culture. With a TESL endorsement, you can make a positive impact on the lives of others while enjoying a fulfilling and challenging career.


    Overall, obtaining a TESL endorsement in Illinois can open up many job opportunities, provide professional development, and lead to a fulfilling and rewarding career. 

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