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ESL Teachers in Texas

Become a Certified Teacher in this High Need Area

ESL Teachers Are in High-Demand

English as a Second Language (ESL) is a subject which frequently repeats on the Texas Education Agency’s list of high-need subject areas. In the U.S. alone, an estimated 25% of students speak a language other than English in their home. In Texas, the number of English Language Learners jumps, with several Texas School Districts reporting up to 53%. These staggering numbers land Texas second on the list of English Language Learners by U.S. state.

These high amounts of ELLs are simply unmatched by teachers. Our students deserve teachers, and you can be the one to help!

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Defining English as a Second Language

ESL is designed for students who do not speak English as their primary language. This encompasses a huge group of our student population in Texas. ESL teachers are essential to helping provide students with adequate instruction. Without ESL, many students may struggle or fall behind in their other subjects.

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The Role of an ESL Teacher

ESL teachers help students who have limited English proficiency. The objective is to help students who do not identify English as their primary language learn English. These programs are extremely important, as the teacher strives to help students acquire English proficiency in order to succeed academically in English-based curriculum schools.

Students in an ESL class may not all share the same native language, which is why only English is used for classroom instruction. The coursework in the program focuses on teaching the four language skills: reading, writing, speaking, and listening.

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Why Become an ESL Teacher

A common misconception is that ESL teachers are required to be bilingual. This is not true! The great thing about becoming an ESL teacher is that you only need to speak English. Secondly, becoming certified in ESL is a great way to make yourself more marketable to school districts, as many schools already require, or will soon require, this certification.

Add ESL to Your Current Subject Area

ESL is only a supplemental exam, which means you must pair it with an additional subject area. For example, if you’re pursuing Math, grades 7-12, you will need to take the corresponding math exam. In addition to this exam, if you decide to also take the ESL Supplemental exam, you will then be certified to teach ESL students within any 7-12 Math class. Becoming ESL-certified will increase your chances of finding a job and allow you to be certified in a subject that can really make a difference in a child’s life!

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Texas Teachers Exempt Countries

Texas Teachers currently recognizes these SBEC-approved countries:
  • American Samoa
  • Angulia
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Austrailia
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Bermuda
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Cayman Islands
  • Canada (except Quebec)
  • Dominica
  • Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Gibraltar
  • Grand Cayman
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Jamaica
  • Liberia
  • Nigeria
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Trinidata/ Tobago
  • Turks and Calcos
  • United Kingdom
  • US Pacific Trust