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English as a Second Language (ESL) Teachers

Employment Prospects


According to the U.S. Department of Labor, there are approximately 67,200 adult basic and secondary education teachers including those in literacy, such as ESL instructors. ESL teachers are needed at public and private schools, including parochial schools and vocational schools. Depending on the size of the school, its geographic location, and the number of students in need of assistance, some schools may hire teachers primarily as ESL instructors. Other schools may hire them to teach different subjects in addition to ESL classes. Larger cities and areas of refugee relocation and large immigrant populations provide the most ESL job opportunities. 

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