TESOL Undergraduate Minor Program

The minor in teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) provides opportunities for undergraduate subject area majors to complete a sequence of courses that helps them prepare for careers as teachers of English to speakers of other languages (ESOL) in US schools and/or prepare them for roles as teachers of English as a foreign language (EFL) in international settings. If the undergraduate pursuing the minor desires to enter the ESOL teacher preparation track, the candidate may apply for the Five Year Integrated Program option or the one year MCERT Program option; in either case, satisfactorily completed courses in the minor that meet program requirements will be applied to the certification program requirements. Students should consult with an advisor in the Department of Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership to identify the most appropriate option leading to teacher certification and to review the specific admission requirements associated with that program.

The minor in TESOL includes coursework from the Department of Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership (TLPL) and the Department of Human Development and Quantitative Measurement (HDQM). The curriculum provides a foundation in second language learning and pedagogy, adolescent learning, cross-cultural issues and understanding, and curricular and pedagogical issues which support reading and writing in a second language context. Several of the courses include field components that provide candidates with direct experience in working with second language learners.  The minor incorporates coursework required for TESOL certification from the Maryland State Department of Education.

Courses required for the minor degree:

  • TLPL 437: English Grammar Pedagogy for Teachers of English Language Learners – 3 credits
  • TLPL 432: Issues in the Education of English Language Learners– 3 credits
  • EDHD 413: Educational Psychology/Learning -  3 credits
  • TLPL 434: Pedagogy of Teaching English Language Learners – 3 credits*
  • TLPL 435: Teaching English Language Learners Reading and Writing in the Secondary Content Areas – 3 credits*
  • TLPL 436: Understanding Cross-cultural Communication for Teaching English Language Learners– 3 credits

* courses that include required field experiences