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Curriculum and Instruction, Master of Education (M.Ed.) - Teacher Leadership Emphasis (non-teacher education certification): TESOL Specialization

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), is an area of specialization recommended for students who wish to develop expertise in teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL). This includes (a) certified K-12 teachers in the U.S. who wish to add on TESOL certification for the State of Maryland; (b) those wishing to teach English learners in U.S. adult, community college, or university settings; or (c) those wishing to teach at all levels in international contexts. The Masters degree prepares students to engage with research, theory, and pedagogical practice in the field of TESOL. This degree does not lead to initial K-12 certification to teach in public schools in the US. All M.Ed. students must complete 30 credit hours total.

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

For questions about the application process, or to check on the completion of your application please contact the Coordinator of Graduate Studies, by email at or by phone at (301) 405-3118.

For questions related to the admissions process, prospective students may contact  Kay Moon, TLPL Graduate Coordinator, at (301) 405-3118 or

For academic advising on the M.Ed. with emphasis in Teacher Leadership in TESOL, please contact Dr. Drew Fagan by email or phone 301-405-4416. 

The faculty advisor assigned at the time of admissions to the Department of Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership (TLPL) provides academic advisement for graduate students. For TLPL advising information, please contact Kay Moon, TLPL Graduate Coordinator, at (301) 405-3118 or

Financial assistance for graduate study is generally divided into two categories: 

  • Merit-Based Assistance Need-Based Assistance  
    • Fellowships and Scholarships Loans  
    • Graduate Assistantships 

For more details about the various types of financial assistance offered by the campus please visit the Office of Student Financial Aid 

There are also a number of fellowships and scholarships offered through the College of Education, the University, and through external sources which may provide tuition support and/or living allowance. Students must apply for these awards on their own, but the links that follow provide valuable information on searching for fellowships and scholarships. 

For more information concerning fellowships and scholarships, please visit: 

The College of Education Financial Aid & Scholarship webpage

The University's Scholarships webpage, and 

The Graduate School Student Fellowships & Awards webpage

M.Ed. In Curriculum & Instruction
Teacher Leadership- TESOL Specialization
30 Credits


Course Title

Course #

Recommended Semester


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

TLPL 664

Fall 1


Methods of Teaching ESOL

TLPL 665

Fall 1


English Grammar for Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages

TLPL 666

Fall 1



Linguistics in Education

TLPL 646

Spring 1


Foundations of Literacy and Biliteracy Development

TLPL 660

Spring 1


Second Language Acquisition

TLPL 662

Spring 1


Elective 1*


Fall 2


Elective 2*


Fall 2


Student Assessment in the Second Language Classroom

TLPL 655

Spring 2


Research Course**


Spring 2


Total Hours:




*TESOL Program Elective Options

  • TLPL 656: Special Education and Oral Language Development in TESOL (Every Fall)
  • TLPL 657: Teaching for Cross Cultural Communication (Every Fall)
  • TLPL 661: Multiliteracies: Theory and Practice (Every Fall - to be taken after TLPL 660)
  • TLPL 740: Language and Education (Fall of every odd year)

(Electives outside of TESOL Program can be taken with advisor permission)

**Research Course Options

  • TLPL 691: Research Methods (Spring & Summer)
  • EDMS 645: Quantitative Methods I (Fall, Spring, and Summer)
  • TLPL 793: Methods of Discourse Analysis (Spring of every odd year)
  • (Research courses outside of these can be taken with advisor permission)


Program Benchmarks for MEd in TESOL Leadership


Graduate Education Program Requirements

Applicants are encouraged to contact the Hobson’s online application’s helpdesk for any technical issues.  

For questions related to the admissions process, prospective students may contact  Kay Moon, TLPL Graduate Coordinator, at (301) 405-3118 or

For program-specific questions, prospective students may contact Dr. Drew Fagan by email or phone 301-405-4416. 

Deadlines vary by degree and program.  Please refer to the Graduate  School's application information.


Graduate students in the College of Education are responsible for meeting University and the Graduate School policy, and for meeting Program requirements.  See the Graduate Catalog and Graduate Policies governing graduate education at the University of Maryland. The schedule adjustment policy is available from the Office of the Registrar and provides information on adding and dropping courses, penalties, and refund schedules. 


Graduate students are required to submit various forms at specific points in the program and as part of the degree clearance process. Please refer to Steps Toward Graduation to determine the steps and forms that are required. To access forms used by graduate students visit the Graduate Studies Forms page in Student Services.