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!

Curious about this program? Join one of our information sessions at https://umd.zoom.us/j/98263047729 or dial +1 301 715 8592 (Meeting ID: 982 6304 7729) at the following times:

  • Thursday, January 21, 2021, 4:00-4:45 PM ET
  • Wednesday, February 17, 2021, 5:00-5:45 PM ET
  • Monday, March 15, 2021, 3:45-4:30 PM ET
  • Tuesday, April 20, 2021, 4:00-4:30 PM ET
  • Thursday, May 20, 2021, 5:00-5:45 PM ET
  • Wednesday, June 16, 2021, 3:45-4:30 PM ET

In this program, 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 an M.Ed. in TESOL.

Apply today! **See additional sections below for application deadlines and detailed instructions on how to apply, or download the flyer below.

Post-baccalaureate certificate TESOL program overview. All information is also contained in this webpage's text.

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, 2021. 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).  

Course Cost: $2,193/course ($731/credit)

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

Application Deadlines 

  • May 14, 2021 (for Summer I)
  • June 15, 2021 (for Summer II)
  • August 15, 2021 (for Fall 2021)

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

  • Summer I: May 14, 2021
  • Summer II: June 15, 2021
  • Fall 2021: August 15, 2021

Apply at gradapply.umd.edu

Please refer to the Guide to Applying for instructions on how to apply for graduate admission. If you have questions or concerns, we ask you to first review our list of  Frequently Asked Questions. International applicants should visit the International admissions webpage for additional information.  

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

Each condensed course is entirely online—no commuting or parking. Take courses in the comfort of your home, local library, or favorite coffee shopt. Anytime, anywhere!

The program consits of four three-credit courses delivered in six-week sessions:

  • Summer I: June 1 - July 9 (Foundations)
  • Summer II: July 12 - August 12 (Grammar)
  • Fall I: August 30 - October 8 (Assessment)
  • Fall II: October 25 - December 3 (Second Language Acquisition)

The table below displays the overall course offerings and the courses that students may complete as part of the three new Specializations (note that students’ selection of courses will be in close consultation with their assigned Advisor to ensure each course sequence is coherent and appropriate). Course descriptions are found below this table.

Course

Specialization 1: TESOL Practice

Specialization 2: Language Policy in TESOL and Applied Linguistics

Specialization 3: Theoretical Foundations of TESOL and Applied Linguistics

TLPL 655: Student Assessment in the Second Language Classroom

Elective

Elective

 

TLPL 665: Methods of Teaching ESOL

Required

 

 

TLPL 660: Foundations of Literacy and Biliteracy Development

Required

Required

Elective

TLPL 662: Second Language Acquisition

Required

Required

Required

TLPL 664: Foundations of Second Language Education:  Legal, Social, and Historical Trends and Issues  

Elective

Required

Required

TLPL 646: Linguistics in Education 

 

 

Required

TLPL 666: English Grammar for Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages 

Elective

 

 

TLPL 661: Multiliteracies: Theory and Practice  

 

Elective

Elective

TLPL 656: Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Exceptional Learners

Elective

 

 

TLPL 689: Internship in Education: TESOL

Elective

 

 

TLPL 740: Language and Education

 

Elective

Elective

TLPL 657: Teaching for Cross-cultural Communication

 

Elective

Elective

 
Course Descriptions

Course

Course Title, Description

TLPL 655

Student Assessment in the Second Language Classroom

  • Analysis of standardized and teacher-made FL/ESL tests; emphasis on principles of FL/ESL test construction.
  • Field testing of commercial and teacher-made materials.

TLPL 656

Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Exceptional Learners

  • Explores cross-cultural and linguistic diversity as they relate to identification procedures for and education of English learners with exceptional needs beyond the second language acquisition process such as learning disabilities and gifted & talented.

TLPL 657

Teaching for Cross-Cultural Understanding

  • Theories of intercultural communication and techniques for applying them in the teaching of English as a second language (ESL) and content classes.
  • Research and evaluation of selected aspects of a culture as basis for creating, selecting, and using culturally-responsive teaching materials and methods.

TLPL 660

Foundations of Literacy and Biliteracy Development

  • An overview of the research on literacy and Biliteracy development for English learners.
  • Specifically, the course explores the theoretical models and processes of teaching reading and writing, current literacy/biliteracy issues, assessment, and strategies for developing literacy and biliteracy skills for English learners.

TLPL661

Multiliteracies: Theory and Practice  

  • Explores the theoretical constructs and practical manifestations of multiliteracies in communities and schools by presenting an overview of the research on the constructs of New Literacy Studies, Critical Literacy, Digital Literacy, and Funds of Knowledge, as well as the practical implications of teaching reading and writing to culturally and linguistically diverse learners in content areas (i.e., language arts, math, science, social studies, etc.) in classrooms.

TLPL 662

Second Language Acquisition 

  • Major theoretical approaches to second language acquisition for teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL).

TLPL 664

Foundations of Second Language Education: Legal, Social, and Historical Trends and Issues 

  • Knowledge of history, research, current practice and public policy issues in the field of second language education from kindergarten to post-secondary settings. 

TLPL 665

Methods of Teaching ESOL 

  • This course presents a survey of the historical and current approaches, methods, and techniques of teaching English to speakers of other languages, from grammar to translation to audio-lingual and communicative approaches.
  • Additionally, successful classroom practices that address the needs of culturally diverse and language minority students will be analyzed.

TLPL 666

English Grammar for Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages 

  • English grammar and methods of teaching grammar for graduate, prospective and current teachers of English to speakers of other languages.
  • Analysis of the major grammatical structures of American English.
  • Discussion of the role of teaching grammar, and effective classroom methods and techniques for the English as a second/foreign language classroom.

TLPL 689

Internship in Education: TESOL

TLPL 665

Methods of Teaching ESOL 

  • This course presents a survey of the historical and current approaches, methods, and techniques of teaching English to speakers of other languages, from grammar to translation to audio-lingual and communicative approaches.
  • Additionally, successful classroom practices that address the needs of culturally diverse and language minority students will be analyzed.

TLPL 666

English Grammar for Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages 

  • English grammar and methods of teaching grammar for graduate, prospective and current teachers of English to speakers of other languages.
  • Analysis of the major grammatical structures of American English.
  • Discussion of the role of teaching grammar, and effective classroom methods and techniques for the English as a second/foreign language classroom.

TLPL 689

Internship in Education: TESOL

TLPL 740

Language and Education

  • Dialect, language varieties in school settings; historical and current perspectives on the role of language in learning; theories of school achievement and consequences for language assessment.

 

 

 

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:

  • May 14, 2021 (for Summer I)
  • June 15, 2021 (for Summer II)
  • August 15, 2021 (for Fall 2021)