Improve your instruction in English in just one year!The TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) post-baccalaureate certificate program includes four courses and is designed for in-service educators, students studying language, and others. Enhance your expertise in teaching English learners and transform your career while fulfilling your district's continuing education credit requirements!

Students will complete four online courses covering topics such as Second Language Acquisition, TESOL Methods, and Foundations of TESOL. Each condensed course is delivered entirely online—no commuting or parking required. Take courses in the comfort of your home, school, or office. Courses are offered during the Summer, Fall, and Spring semesters.

Successful completion of this TESOL certificate will also equip current Maryland educators to pass the Praxis exam and add the ESOL endorsement to an existing teaching certificate. Course credits earned through this certificate program can be counted in the future toward a M.Ed. in TESOL.

Apply today! See additional sections below for application deadlines and detailed instructions on how to apply.

Requirements: 

  • Completed application and application fee
  • Statement of purpose
    • Focus on why you want to be in this specific program (i.e., what the program will offer you), why you would be a good candidate for the program (i.e., what you would offer the program), and what your ultimate goals are as it pertains to the TESOL field.
  • Current resume
  • Transcripts for all universities attended
    • Required for each institution attended (9 credits or more). Unofficial transcripts are acceptable for admission purposes only; official transcripts must be provided upon acceptance to the program.
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation
    • You will need to provide the name and email address of each person who will write a letter of recommendation for you.

Applicants who did not complete a degree in the United States should carefully review the university’s requirements on demonstrating English Language Proficiency: https://gradschool.umd.edu/admissions/english-language-proficiency-requirements. If you need to fulfill the requirement by taking TOEFL, Pearson’s PTE, or the IELTS Exam, this must be done before May 1, 2019. Note: you must earn the minimum scores for Full Enrollment in order to be accepted into this particular program; we cannot accept Admissions to the English Bridge Program as that is for full-time, on-campus students only (and this is an online cohort program).  

For questions please email the program director, Dr. Sarah C. K. Moore, at onlinetesol@umd.edu.

Application Deadlines - EXTENDED

  • December 15, 2019 (for Spring 2020)
  • March 19, 2020 (for Summer I 2020)
  • May 15, 2020 (for Summer II 2020)

If you have any questions about the application itself, contact Judy Foster at jfoster@umd.edu.

**The deadline for all completed applications are listed below: **

  • December 15, 2019 (for Spring 2020)
  • March 19, 2020 (for Summer I 2020)
  • May 15, 2020 (for Summer II 2020)

Application Instructions

  1. To enter the online application, go to: https://app.applyyourself.com/AYApplicantLogin/fl_ApplicantConnectLogin.asp?id=umdgrad
  2. Click on “Create Account” tab as a first time user.
  3. Complete the necessary information including creating a login/user name and password.
  4. Once you have completed all of the fields, press “submit information” button.
  5. A confirmation page will pop up.  Click on “please access your online application page” to begin the application process.
  6. Complete each section of the application and “Save & Continue” to continue to the next page.
  7. For the Educational Intent Section, enter the following information:
    1. Applicant Type:  Domestic
    2. Term of Entrance: Fall 2019 / Spring 2020 / Summer I 2020 / Summer II 2020 (depending upon your desired entrance date)
    3. College/School: College of Education
    4. Program of Study:  Z128 Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages  
    5. Degree: Select  CERT GR
    6. Area of Interest 1: select  N/A
    7. Area of Interest 2:  select  N/A
  8. Upload your Goal Statement/Statement of Purpose- Focus on why you want to be in this specific program (i.e., what the program will offer you), why you would be a good candidate for the program (i.e., what you would offer the program), and what your ultimate goals are as it pertains to the TESOL field.
  9. Upload your current resume.
  10. Transcript (Universities Attended).  Enter Institutions you have attended (with 9 credits or more) and upload unofficial transcripts (Required upload).  The unofficial transcript is acceptable for admission purposes only.  (See note below).
  11. Three (3) Letters of Recommendation. Please provide the name and email address of each person who will write a letter of recommendation for you, and they will be contacted by the university to upload the letter themselves. Be sure to stay in contact with your letter writers as all letters should be uploaded in the system by the application deadline.
  12. For applicants who did not complete a degree in the United States: Carefully review the university’s requirements on demonstrating English Language Proficiency: https://gradschool.umd.edu/admissions/english-language-proficiency-requirements. If you need to fulfill the requirement by taking TOEFL, Pearson’s PTE, or the IELTS Exam this must be done before May 1st. Note that for this program you must get the minimum scores for Full Enrollment in order to be accepted into this particular program; we cannot accept Admissions to the English Bridge Program as that is for full-time, on-campus students only (this cohort program is an online program).  
  13.  The final step will be to pay the $75 application fee.
  14. Please make sure you click submit after completing the entire application.

Note regarding Transcripts: – If accepted and enrolled into the University and program, you will have the first semester of enrollment to submit Official Transcripts.  Students must send official, sealed undergraduate and graduate transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended (where you took at least 9 credits or more).  Transcripts from each institution should be mailed to: 

University of Maryland College Park, Enrollment Services Operation, Attn: Graduate Admissions, Room 0130 Mitchell Building, College Park, MD 20742

Important Note:  If the official transcripts are not received before the start of the Fall 2019 semester, you will have a block on your account and will not be eligible to register for the second course.  You must be continuously registered/enrolled each semester, failure to do so will result in being withdrawn from the program and university.

To learn more about this program, contact Dr. Sarah C. K. Moore at onlinetesol@umd.edu or call (301) 405-3133.

For any questions about the application itself, contact Judy Foster at jfoster@umd.edu or call (301) 405-2359.

The deadline for all completed applications is at 11:59 PM ET on the following dates:

  • December 15, 2019 (for Spring 2020)
  • March 19, 2020 (for Summer I 2020)
  • May 15, 2020 (for Summer II 2020)