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 tlpl-admissions@umd.edu or by phone at (301) 405-3118.

For questions related to the admissions process, prospective students may contact the TLPL Graduate Studies Coordinator Ms. Joy Jones at (301) 405-3118 or tlpl-admissions@umd.edu

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

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

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 Admissions Coordinator Ms. Joy Jones at (301) 405-3118 or tlpl-admissions@umd.edu

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