Welcome to California, the most populous state in the country. The Golden State’s diverse population, coupled with the fact that it contains several large and mid-sized cities, make it a promising place to find work as an ESL teacher.
ESL Job Outlook for California
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports, as of 2012, that the field (as part of the category of adult literacy and high school equivalency diploma teachers) will see a growth of about 9 percent from 2012 to 2022. California is expected to experience some of the fastest growth in the country, due to its large immigration populations. However, immigration patterns may shift if newcomers settle in other parts of the country.
California ESL Job Boards
- TEACH California is a comprehensive guide to planning your education and career path and finding an ESL teaching job in California.
- Apply for public school classroom jobs through the district’s human resources page. Major school districts in California with significant immigrant and bilingual populations include Los Angeles Unified School District, San Diego Unified School District, and Fresno Unified School District.
- For a complete list of school districts in California, see the California Department of Education’s CalEdFacts webpage.
Key ESL Teaching Resources in California
- CATESOL: California Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages is the state branch of the international TESOL organization.
- CABE: The California Association for Bilingual Education advocates on behalf of educators, students, and families. It organizes and participates in conferences, offers professional development, and has select job postings.
- The California Department of Education (CDE) maintains a webpage devoted to English Learners. Its Resources page contains ELD standards and information about authorizations.
- TEACH California is a comprehensive website, administrated by the CDE, that can help prospective ESL educators plan their courses of study, career paths, and job searches.