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How will your ESL education stack up?

Take a few moments to compare how the ESL education in your home state compares with that of other states in the nation. The US has 256 brick and mortar ESL schools.

Top Schools

The following schools that have ESL programs were ranked top in the nation in 2010:

  1. University of Pennsylvania - located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  2. University of California-Los Angeles - located in Los Angeles, California
  3. University of Southern California - located in Los Angeles, California

Student Demographics

In 2010, 5,552 students earned degrees in ESL in the US. Of these students, 2,655 received certifications in ESL, 225 received an undergraduate degree in ESL, and 2,672 received a graduate-level degree in ESL.


Students can pursue education in ESL at the following levels:

  • Associate's Degree in Esl
  • Bachelor's Degree in Esl
  • Master's Degree in Esl
  • Doctoral Degree in Esl
  • Certificate in Esl

Esl students can hope to gain the following skills and/or knowledge as they pursue their ESL degree:

  • Curriculum Development
  • Student Assessment
  • Teaching Methods
  • Time Management
  • English Grammar


Students at ESL schools around the nation paid an average of $20,680 in tuition fees per year in 2010. The ESL schools charging the highest tuition were:

  1. University of Southern California - located in Los Angeles, California, students paid $39,183
  2. University of Pennsylvania - located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, students paid $38,970
  3. University of Rochester - located in Rochester, New York, students paid $38,690

The ESL schools that charged students the lowest tuition rates were:

  1. University of Central Florida - located in Orlando, Florida, students paid $4,526
  2. University of North Carolina at Charlotte - located in Charlotte, North Carolina, students paid $4,427
  3. University of South Florida-Main Campus - located in Tampa, Florida, students paid $4,577

How will your ESL job compare?

The highest percentage of ESL graduates pursue careers as english language teachers. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 69,880 english language teachers working in the US in 2010. The states with the largest populations of english language teachers are:

  1. California - 8,240 English Language Teachers
  2. Texas - 5,340 English Language Teachers
  3. New York - 5,260 English Language Teachers

Projected Growth

The projected growth for english language teachers is expected to be the fastest in the following states:

  1. Wyoming - 0%
  2. Kentucky - 0%
  3. Texas - 0%


On average, an english language teacher earns a salary of $61,540 per year in the US. However, factors such as location, location, or your boss can cause the salary for an english language teacher to vary greatly. An english language teacher in the US can earn anywhere from less than $15,600 per year to more than $152,030 per year. English language teachers in the following states make the highest salaries on average:

  1. California - $92,650 per year
  2. New York - $92,170 per year
  3. Rhode Island - $81,170 per year

On average, an english language teacher earns the least in the following states:

  1. North Dakota - $47,060 per year
  2. Tennessee - $47,310 per year
  3. Montana - $47,410 per year

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So what kind of job can you get after studying

Below you'll find various popular careers! Compare professions and see which one you find interesting!

Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (Past 5 Yrs)
Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education 173,330 $51,550 1.2%
English Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary 69,880 $67,920 19.0%
Adult Basic and Secondary Education and Literacy Teachers and Instructors 68,510 $51,080 3.7%