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Curriculum and Instruction, Master of Education (M.Ed.) - TESOL Specialization

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), with teacher certification option is an area of specialization recommended for students who wish to develop expertise in teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL). The Masters degree prepares students to engage with research, theory and pedagogical practice in the field of TESOL. This degree leads to initial PK-12 certification to teach in public schools in the United States. All M.Ed. students must complete 39 credit hours total, including a year-long teaching internship.

For information about applying to the M.Ed. with teacher certification program with a specialization in TESOL, please visit: https://gradschool.umd.edu/education/edci-med-cert

Applicants who wish to apply the M.Ed. program with specialization in TESOL should select Curriculum and Instruction (EDCI) as their “Intended program of study.”

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, please visit the International admissions webpage for additional information.

For questions about the application process, or to check on the completion of your application, please contact Kay Moon, TLPL Graduate Coordinator, at (301) 405-3118 or kmoon@umd.edu

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

For questions regarding the M.Ed. with PK-12 certification in TESOL, prospective students may contact Dr. Loren Jones by email:  ldjones@umd.edu  or phone: 301-405-4157.

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 kmoon@umd.edu

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

  • Merit-Based Assistance and 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

39 credits of coursework are required for this program. See the table below for details.

Key Assessments 

  • Seminar Paper (Due the fall semester of the teaching internship) 
  • edTPA (Due the spring semester of the teaching internship) 
  • ISTE Portfolio (Due the spring semester of the teaching internship) 
  • Praxis II (To be passed by the end of the fall semester of the teaching internship) 

Masters of Education (M.Ed.) With Teacher Certification (2-year, On- Campus) Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) 


1st Semester -Fall 


2nd Semester- Spring 


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

TLPL 660: Foundations of Literacy and Biliteracy Development 

TLPL 665: Methods of Teaching ESOL 

TLPL 646: Linguistics in Education 

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

TLPL 662: Second Language Acquisition 

Semester Total 

Semester Total 

3rd Semester -Summer 


4th Semester- Fall


EDHD 460: Educational Psychology 

TLPL 689: Internship in Education: TESOL 



TLPL 656: Special Education and Oral Language Development 



TLPL 661: Multiliteracies:  Theory and Practice  

Semester Total 

Semester Total 

5th Semester- Spring 



TLPL 689: Internship in Education: TESOL


TLPL 655: Student Assessment in the Second Language Classroom 


TLPL 691: Research Methods  


Semester Total 


**We offer online, hybrid, and face-to-face courses.  The course delivery will depend on the instructor and varies semester to semester. 

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 kmoon@umd.edu

For program-specific questions, prospective students may contact Dr. Loren Jones by email:  ldjones@umd.edu  or phone: 301-405-4157.

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.