Aubrey Rettig – Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages


Q: What is your name, program and hometown?

A: My name is Aubrey Rettig, I’m from Findlay, Ohio and I study in the MATESOL program.

Photo of Aubrey Rettig, MATESOL

Q: What hands-on experiences have you had?
A: I volunteered quite a bit. Working as a graduate assistant in the TESOL program has given me multiple opportunities to not only use the skills I’ve learned but really let me get my hands and feet wet in what I’m passionate about and what I want to do with my degree when I’m finished here.

Q: Why did you choose the MATESOL Program?
A: I taught high school Spanish for a year, but it wasn’t as fulfilling for me working with domestic students. I just really have a passion and a heart for working with international people. So that’s why I’m here; that’s why I chose to come and study.

Q: How have the professors changed your world?
A: The professors of the graduate TESOL program have inspired me in many different ways to reach my full potential both in and out of class. They’ve also encouraged me to pursue a Ph.D. at some point.

Q: Do you have advice for students considering the program?

A: Have a desire to work with international people as well as a diverse group of people. Take advantage of all the opportunities and get as much experience as possible.

Students are assigned place- ments that allow them to apply their skills and gain experience in live classrooms.
You can choose to study in preparation to become a professor, enter a doctoral program or add an endorsement onto a current Ohio teaching license.
MATESOL graduates can pursue careers as curriculum designers, program directors, instructors, international recruiters, translators in any industry, or with international student services.
Curriculum is built with the pro- fessional needs of ESL/bilingual teachers in mind so there are no added courses from other areas.
Learn from faculty members that have experiences working domestically and internationally in a variety of different cultures.
Areas of concentrated study include linguistics, second language acquisition, pedagogy, methodology, curriculum design, assessment and multilingual/ multicultural education.
Personalized attention for our students is a trademark, from advising of students to UF’s one-on-one instruction in the endorsement exit portfolio and in the MA thesis projects.