The minor in Second Language Education/TESOL provides opportunities for undergraduate students to complete a sequence of courses that helps them prepare for careers as teachers of English to non-native English speakers in US schools and/or roles as teachers of English as a foreign language in international settings. The 15-credit minor provides a foundation in second language learning and pedagogy, adolescent learning, cross-cultural issues and understanding, and curricular and pedagogical issues which support reading and writing in a second language context. Some of these courses include field components that provide candidates with direct experience in working with second language learners.

The minor incorporates coursework required for TESOL teacher certification from the Maryland State Department of Education; however, this minor does NOT satisfy ALL of the requirements for teacher certification. Undergraduate students wishing to become certified in TESOL are encouraged to apply to our five-year integrated Master's certification program in Second Language Education. 

Students interested in the Minor in Second Language Education can apply at any time. In order to add the minor, a student must have a minimum 2.75 cumulative UMD GPA. Students interested in declaring the Minor in Second Language Education should contact the Office of Student Services via email at educminors@umd.edu to receive an application form. Eligible students are accepted to the minor on a rolling basis.

Students interested in the Minor in Secondary Education can apply at any time. In order to add the minor, a student must 1) be enrolled in a certifiable content area major (i.e. Math, English, History, etc), and 2) have a minimum 2.75 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.

Students interested in learning more about the Minor in Second Language Education can contact the Office of Student Services via email.