The minor in teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) provides opportunities for undergraduate subject area majors to complete a sequence of courses that helps them prepare for careers as teachers of English to speakers of other languages (ESOL) in US schools and/or prepare them for roles as teachers of English as a foreign language (EFL) in international settings. If the undergraduate pursuing the minor desires to enter the ESOL teacher preparation track, the candidate may apply for the one year MCERT Program option. Completed courses in the minor that meet program requirements will be applied to the certification program requirements.
The minor in TESOL includes coursework from the Department of Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership (TLPL). The curriculum provides a foundation in second language learning and pedagogy, cross-cultural issues and understanding, and curricular and pedagogical issues which support reading and writing in a second language context. Several of the courses include field components that provide candidates with direct experience in working with second language learners. The minor incorporates coursework required for TESOL certification from the Maryland State Department of Education.
Students interested in the Minor in Secondary Education can apply at any time. In order to add the minor, a student must have a minimum 2.00 cumulative UMD GPA.
Students interested in declaring the Minor in Second Language Education should contact the Office of Student Services via email to receive an application form. Eligible students are accepted to the minor on a rolling basis.