Communication matters.

Cornerstone University offers Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) as an associate or bachelor's degree and as a minor. Because this is a minor program, you will also major or minor in another academic area at Cornerstone in addition to TESOL.

Here, your instruction in TESOL can lead to Michigan Certification. One route is to minor in TESOL under elementary or secondary education. Teachers who become certified in TESOL can teach in both public and private schools in the United States.

A TESOL minor can also be paired with other humanities majors, such as Spanish or intercultural studies. Popular career paths with this minor include missions or ministry outreach.

  • Overview

    • School: Traditional Undergrad Academics
    • Division: Humanities Teacher Education
    • Degree Type: Associate of Arts, Minor
    • Format: Residential
    • Location: Grand Rapids
  • Career Opportunities

    A degree in TESOL prepares you for a range of career options.

    • Teacher in public or private school
    • Teacher in urban or inner-city school

    Program Classes

    From personable faculty to one-on-one advising appointments, we have resources to support you in reaching your goals and being successful in your classes.

    See our sample degree plan for the list of classes you'll take as a TESOL major.

  • Global Internships

    All traditional undergraduate students complete an academic internship or practicum. This experience helps you explore your calling and gain practical career skills.

    With guidance from the Center for Career & Life Calling, our students land internships at trusted businesses and nonprofits around the world.

    Is This Major for Me?

    TESOL is an ideal program for students who hold a deep interest in language and a curiosity about cultures other than their own.  Students passionate about connecting with and helping others through teaching the English language are encouraged to apply as a TESOL major. With the skills you will gain, you'll be ready to serve people by bridging the communication gap between communities.

  • Earn Advanced Standing

    TESOL minors may qualify for advanced standing in our Master of Arts in TESOL program. This gives you the option to earn two degrees—a bachelor's degree and a master's degree—in as few as five years.

    Download a semester-by-semester class planning guide.

    Job and Graduate School Placement Rate


    of our traditional undergraduate students were employed or enrolled in graduate school within six months of graduation.