English as a Second Language (ESL) Teachers

English as second language (ESL) teachers specialize in teaching people of all ages the English language. Their students may be immigrants, refugees, children of foreign-born parents, or children who may be living in a home where English is not spoken as the primary language. ESL teachers are also known as teachers of English to speakers of other languages.


Quick Facts
Duties Teach people of all ages the English language
Alternate Title(s) Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Fair
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in states—such as California, Texas, Florida, and New York—that have a large number of immigrants
Education and Training
  • Bachelor's Degree
Related School Subjects
  • English
  • Foreign Language
  • Social Studies
Experience Experience as a student teacher is frequently required
Skills
  • Foreign Language
  • Interpersonal
  • Teaching
Personality Traits
  • Helpful
  • Outgoing
  • Talkative
Licensure/Certification Required
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Educational Administrator, or Counselor, or Trainer
  • Experienced ESL Teacher
  • Entry-Level ESL Teacher