The ESOL (English for Speakers of
Other Languages) Program is housed in the Education
Department. It offers graduate courses for students
planning on working with English language learners
in k-12 public schools, in Adult Education, in college
level ESL programs or in ESL and EFL programs worldwide.
The program provides students with strong theoretical
and practical foundations in applied linguistics, language
acquisition, ESL/EFL methodology, testing, cross-cultural
studies and curriculum development. The Program offers
an MA in TESOL and a Post Baccalaureate Certificate
The basic MA TESOL Program consists
of 12 courses, 36 credits. The ISD (Instructional Systems
Design) core of the program prepares students for the
analysis, design, and development of instructional programs
and their systematic operation, evaluation and maintenance.
Students can choose to add K-12 Certification which
requires an additional 9 credits of instruction including
a state approved internship in the public schools. Students
can also choose to write a thesis in an area of interest
through this program.
The TESOL Certificate Program consists
of 4 courses, 12 credits. Two courses, Methods of Teaching
ESOL and Cross-Cultural Communication, are required.
The two elective courses can be selected on the basis
of student interest and background.
The program offers courses both online and face-to-face.
Students are able to complete either the MA or the Certificate
completely on line with a reduction in university fees
if they wish.
For more information about the ESOL Programs,
please go to the program's website at http://www.umbc.edu/esol