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A.A. or B.A. in TESOLInspire Students
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A degree in TESOL (teaching English to speakers of other languages) prepares you for more. More in your future classroom, faithfully instructing future generations. More in your walk with Christ, understanding His deep love for all people. And more within yourself, equipped with a drive to educate and instruct toward a brighter future.

Degree Type

  • Associate of Arts
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Minor (for education students)


  • On Campus
  • Residential


  • Grand Rapids


All traditional undergraduate students are involved in a practicum, which is a hands-on learning experience, as part of their program. Our education faculty partners with area schools to provide a rich experience in an English as a Second Language (ESL) setting.


A degree in TESOL is valuable for any educator, especially those going into urban or inner-city schools. Take a look at some of the career opportunities available to TESOL graduates.


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


Of Humanities Division students from the class of 2019 were employed or enrolled in graduate school within six months of graduation.


Student-to-faculty ratio with an average class size of 22.


Of students participate in internship or practicum experiences.

Program Features and
Learning Outcomes

The TESOL program at Cornerstone is designed to inspire your intellect, deepen your character and prepare you to lead in your career with influence and wisdom.

Degree Planning Guides

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

Select a sample degree plan to see a list of the classes you’ll take as a student with a major or minor in TESOL. Degree planning guides are based on the 2020-21 academic year.

Elementary Education: TESOL Two-Year Planning Guide (PDF)

Elementary Education: TESOL Four-Year Planning Guide (PDF)

Secondary Education: TESOL Minor Four-Year Planning Guide (PDF)

Program Learning Outcomes

The TESOL program reflects our commitment to developing students’ knowledge, skills and attitudes in five distinct yet interconnected areas.

Specialized Knowledge

Applied Knowledge and Collaborative Learning

Intellectual Skills

Demonstrate your ability to integrate both traditional and non-traditional cognitive skills, including analytical inquiry, information literacy, quantitative fluency and communicative fluency.

Civic and Global Learning

Demonstrate intercultural competence in addressing civic, social, environmental and economic issues.

Biblical Worldview Integration

Articulate a Christ-centered worldview and its personal, professional and communal embodiment through Christian virtues.

CU has taught me a lot about relationships. I have learned problem-solving skills in relationships. This is an important skill to have in teaching when working with parents and kids from a multitude of backgrounds.

Moriah Blazer (’21)


CU professors are devoted to the success of our students. Select a faculty member to learn more about their campus involvement, research interests and teaching responsibilities.

Related Programs

The Teacher Education Division has several education-related degree options available. Take a look at some of the other programs related to TESOL.

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