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Program Overview


UMBC offers an MA TESOL and an ESOL Post Baccalaureate Certificate

Established in 1979, the TESOL program has a long history of preparing 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 educational linguistics, language acquisition, ESL/EFL methods, assessment, cross-cultural studies, and curriculum development.  Both the master’s degree and the certificate can be taken completely on campus in face-to-face classes, completely online from anywhere in the world, or as a combination of on campus and online classes.

ESOL Post Baccalaureate Certificate (PBC)

The ESOL PBC is a 4-course program. Please note that this is not an initial P-12 certification program.

2 courses (6 credits) are required:

2 courses (6 credits) are elective and may be selected from the following list:

All courses taken for the certificate can be applied to the MA TESOL upon admission to the master’s program if the student wishes to continue in the field of study.

Gainful Employment

This academic program is a participant in the U.S. Department of Education Gainful Employment program.

MA TESOL Options

Students may complete the MA TESOL on campus, online or through a combination of on campus and online courses. The program is flexible so that students can study at their own pace.

OPTION 1 - MASTER OF ARTS IN TESOL - GENERAL (36 CREDITS)

The general MA TESOL program consists of 12 three-credit courses.

8 required courses (24 credits):

4 elective courses (12 credits) selected from among the following:

OPTION 2 - MASTER OF ARTS IN TESOL WITH THESIS (39 CREDITS)

The MA TESOL with thesis consists of 11 3-credit courses plus 6 credits of thesis research.
Thesis students take required and elective courses, including in research theory and method, and write a thesis under the guidance of a supervisor and two or more committee members. Students may do thesis research in the United States or abroad.

7 required courses (21 credits):

3 professional specialization courses (9 credits) selected from among the following:

1 research specialization course (3 credits) selected from these or other theory/method courses from other departments chosen in consultation with an advisor:

6 credits of thesis research:

OPTION 3 - MASTER OF ARTS IN TESOL WITH P-12 CERTIFICATION (42 CREDITS)

The MA TESOL with P-12 certification consists of 11 3-credit courses as well as 100 days of clinical experience in public elementary and secondary schools over two semesters following Maryland State Department of Education requirements, one 3-credit internship and one 6-credit internship.

Required courses (33 credits):

Required internships (9 credits):

To earn certification, students must also pass state-mandated teacher examinations.  For more information see Maryland Praxis requirements.

OPTION 4 - MASTER OF ARTS IN TESOL WITH THESIS AND P-12 CERTIFICATION (51 CREDITS)

The MA TESOL with certification and thesis is comprised of the requirements for both.

Certification Requirements

Required courses (30 credits):

Required internships (9 credits):

Thesis Requirements

1 required research course (3 credits):

1 research specialization course (3 credits) selected from these or other theory/method courses from other departments chosen in consultation with an advisor:

6 credits of thesis research:

Internships

Non-certification internship

The non-certification internship is a clinical field experience in a setting consistent with the student's professional aims and career goals. It provides the student with the opportunity to put into practice the skills and knowledge acquired in the program's courses. The internship requires a minimum of 40 hours of teaching in an instructional setting. It can last from 3 to 6 months and can be done in the United States or abroad. The internship cannot be tutoring or online teaching. Prior approval of the program and internship coordinator is required. The TESOL program has collaborations with institutions in countries such as Bolivia, Ecuador, Mexico, and Peru. Students can be paid for work done during the internship.

P-12 Certification Internship

Students who follow the P-12 ESOL certification option are required to complete 6 credits of clinical field experience in P-12 public school ESOL programs, typically at UMBC’s partner schools in the Baltimore/Washington area at both elementary and secondary levels.  The internship requires spending 100 days in public schools (20 days during the 3-credit phase I internship and 80 days during the 6-credit phase II internship) plus attending seminars each semester where aspects of the internship experience are discussed and analyzed through reflective practice.

Thesis Research

Students who follow a thesis option write a thesis under the guidance of a supervisor and several faculty committee members. Thesis students may do their research in the United States or abroad. Students who have gone on to doctoral programs have found the thesis experience helpful.



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Phone: +1 410 455-3061 • tesol@umbc.edu