UMBC offers a Master of Arts inTeaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MA TESOL) and a 4-course ESOL Post Baccalaureate Certificate (PBC). They are offered through the Department of Education with cooperation from the Department of Modern Languages, Linguistics, and Intercultural Communication.
The TESOL program trains both prospective and experienced teachers of English as a Second Language (ESL) and English as a Foreign Language (EFL). It provides students with a strong theoretical and practical foundation in applied linguistics, language acquisition, ESL/EFL methods, assessment, cross-cultural studies, and curriculum development. The MA TESOL includes general or thesis options as well as the possibility of adding P-12 ESOL certification.
Courses for the MA TESOL and the ESOL Certificate can be taken both on campus and online.