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

This is a program that leads to a Master’s of Education (M.Ed.) as well as eligibility for Maryland State Department of Education PreK-12 World Languages Certification to teach in elementary or secondary schools in the following languages: Arabic, Chinese, French German, Latin, Italian, Russian, Latin and Spanish.

Reasons to Choose the M.Ed. at UMD

  • Become a teacher in a critical needs area.
  • You can earn a Master’s degree and become eligible for a teaching certification by completing only 36 credits.
  • Work with engaged and accessible faculty with solid content area expertise, widely known for their research and practice.
  • You will benefit from highly individualized advising, with detailed degree completion planning, research and internship guidance, and career counseling.
  • You will experience a teaching internship in a local K-12 classroom in various educational settings in immersion Elementary schools, Middle and High Schools.
  • You will be supported in your internship placement by experienced certified teachers, a university-based supervisor, and a content-based university coordinator.
  • You will be able to apply pedagogical theory, technology, and assessment to enhance instruction for diverse populations.

Find all the information you need about the program in this document.

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a. One of the following:

  • Option 1: 3.0 (or higher) GPA on their most recently earned degree 
  • Option 2: Qualifying scores on any one of the following assessments: 
  1. Praxis CORE (Reading 156, Writing 162, Math 150); or
  2. SAT (Combined 1100); or
  3. ACT (Composite 24); or 
  4. GRE (Combined 1000, or Revised General Test Combined 297).

b. International Students, one of the following: 

  1. TOEFL TOEFL 96 (Speaking 22; Listening 24; Reading 26; Writing 24) or 
  2. IELTS 7 (Listening 7; Reading 7; Writing 7; Speaking 6.5) 


TOEFL Official Scores: UMD requires TOEFL scores for applicants whose first language is not English. The requirement is waived for students who earned their bachelor's at an English-speaking university. TOEFL scores must be sent directly from the testing agency ETS to UMD (Institution Code: 5814).

The M.Ed Pathway appears under the Education Department of Curriculum and Instruction (EDCI) in the application. Please make certain to select the correct program and term for which you are applying. This will ensure the appropriate admission committee reviews your application.

Application Type:       Degree

Level of Study:           Master's

Intended Program:      Curriculum and Instruction (EDCI), M.Ed./Cert

Term of Entrance:       Fall/Spring 

Area of Interest 1:       World Languages Certification Program (On-Campus/2 yr)(WLCP)

Area of Interest 2:       World Language (target language)

It is the applicants' responsibility to make sure that all application materials have been acquired from the appropriate people and submitted to the correct persons or departments. Please note that insufficient documentation or failure to adhere to deadlines will delay or hinder your application from being processed. We highly recommend that you periodically verify that the UMD Graduate School received your application materials. Once we receive a complete application to the 2-year M.Ed Pathway, we will interview eligible candidates

UMD Application Fee: The non-refundable application fee is $75 (subject to change). Make payments online at the time of application for your application to be "submitted."

Documents to Upload: Applicants must upload all the required documents before submitting the application. With any missing material, the reviewers will deem the application is incomplete. Documents required to upload are: 

  • Transcripts 
  • Statement of Purpose 
  • Resume 
  • Introduction to Foundational Competencies (FC) & Model Code of Ethics for Educators (MCEE) acknowledgement survey form
  • Basic skills test scores (if required). 

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 the TLPL Graduate Coordinator at (301) 405-3118 or

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

For academic advising on the M.Ed. with emphasis in World Language Education with Maryland PreK-12 Certification, please contact Dr. Alejandro Pérez Belda at

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 the TLPL Graduate Coordinator at (301) 405-3118 or

Scholarships and Financial Resources: M.Ed students are eligible for scholarships! Best consideration for these scholarships is given to admitted M.Ed students who submitted their graduate school application by the November 1st M.Ed priority deadline.

COE Scholarships: The College of Education offers $1,500 scholarship awards to students. Criteria, details, and applications are available online here:

COE Critical Shortage Area Scholarships: COE has $3000 scholarships for incoming M.Ed candidates who are pursuing teaching in critical teacher shortage areas, or a $4000 scholarship for first generation students. An incoming M.Ed candidate in a critical shortage area does not need to apply for these scholarships and is automatically eligible for the award based on information provided on their application. Best consideration for these scholarships is given to admitted M.Ed students who submitted their graduate school application by the November 1st M.Ed priority deadline.


TEACH Grants: Through the College Cost Reduction and Access Act of 2007, Congress created the Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program that provides grants of up to $4,000 per year to students who intend to teach in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves students from low-income families.

  • Expected availability for math, science, foreign language, bilingual education, and other high-need areas.
  • Provided through the Department of Education
  • Must have at least a 3.25 GPA
  • Graduate student scholarships available for up to $8000
  • Must teach in a high-need school in a high-need field for a minimum of 4 years within eight years after finishing the program
  • For more information and to apply, see this site


Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program: After you have been employed as a full-time teacher for five consecutive, complete academic years at a school that is considered low-income according to certain funding criteria under Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, you may be eligible for teacher loan forgiveness. 

  • You must not have had an outstanding balance on a Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFELP) or Federal Direct Loan Program (FDLP) loan as of October 1, 1998, or on the date you obtained an FFELP or FDLP loan after October 1, 1998. 

  • The loan for which you are seeking forgiveness must have occurred before the end of the fifth year of your qualifying teaching service.

  • You may not receive more than a total of $5,000 ($17,500 for certain highly qualified secondary math and science teachers, and elementary and secondary special education teachers) in loan forgiveness for outstanding principal and accrued interest for the same teaching service under both the FFELP and the FDLP.


Transition to Teaching Program: provides five-year grants to state and local educational agencies, or for-profit organizations, non- profit organizations, or institutions of higher education collaborating with state or local educational agencies. Program participants are teachers in high-need schools and districts.


Perkins Loans: provide low-interest loans to help needy students finance the costs of postsecondary education. Borrowers who undertake certain public, military, or teaching service employment are eligible to have all or part of their loans canceled. Grants- do not have to be repaid. Click the link below to learn more about grant programs available for eligible students pursuing postsecondary education. For more information, see this site


Financial Aid: The priority deadline for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is February 15. 

For detailed information, see this site


For questions regarding Financial Aid, please contact the UMD Financial Aid Office at T. 301-314-9000

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: 

Program Requirements 

1. Coursework: 36 credits, including:

  • 30–credit graduate courses

  • 6–credit year-long Internship (see details under Course Schedule –p. 2 & 3 of this document) 

2. Key Assessments: 

  • Electronic Teacher Professional Assessment (edTPA) Portfolio 

  • International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Portfolio 

  • Graduate Seminar Paper (Due the semester before graduation) 

3. World language students must complete either the OPI/OPIc and Praxis II Content Knowledge or the OPI/OPIc and the WPT/iWPT. Candidates taking Latin have an exemption from the OPI and WPT exams.

  • ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI/OPIc)

  • Arabic, French, German, Italian, Russian, and Spanish: Qualifying at the Advanced Low Level

  • Chinese: Qualifying at the Intermediate High Level

  • Praxis II Content or WPT/iWPT (To be passed by July 1st) 

  • Chinese, French, German, and Spanish: 

    • Content knowledge (*See Praxis II Benchmarks below)  OR
    • WPT/iWPT: Qualifying at the Intermediate High Level

  • Arabic, Italian, and Russian: 

    • Content knowledge is NOT required (is not offered)

    • WPT/iWPT is required: Qualifying at the Intermediate High Level

Plan of Studies

Student Learning in Diverse Settings (*3 credits required)

Teaching for Cross-Cultural Communication

TLPL 657



Research Course (*3 credits required)

Research Methods

TLPL 691


Practices & Policies for Second Language Education (*18 Credits Required)

Methods I: K-12 World Language Methods and Technology

TLPL 695



Multiliteracies: Theory & Practice

TLPL 661



Foundations of Literacy & Biliteracy Development

TLPL 660



Student Assessment in the Second Language Classroom

TLPL 655



Second Language Acquisition

TLPL 662



Advanced K-12 World Language Methods and Technology (Concurrent with the Year-Long Internship)

TLPL 696



*Alternative to TLPL695: Methods of Teaching ESOL

TLPL 665



*Alternative to TLPL655: Linguistics in Education

TLPL 646



*Alternative to TLPL662: Foundations of Second Language Education

TLPL 664



Professional Development (6 credits required)

Adolescent Development

EDHD 413 



Seminar in Education

(Concurrent with the Year-Long Internship)

TLPL 678

Fall and Spring 


Internship (6 credits required)

Teaching Internship

TLPL 689



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 the TLPL Graduate Coordinator, at (301) 405-3118 or

For program-specific questions, prospective students may contact Dr. Alejandro Pérez Belda, Program Coordinator,

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

Dr. Alejandro Pérez Belda,

Ying Zhang,

Loren Jones,



Graduate students in the College of Education are responsible for meeting University and the Graduate School policy, and for meeting Program requirements. The Graduate Catalog is the official listing of 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. 


The 2-Year World Languages M.Ed Applicant Handbook can be found here

The Graduate Student Life webpage provides information on academics, campus resources, finances, health, job opportunities, and information on how to get involved as a graduate student.   


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.