UMBC offers a Master's Degree program in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. The TESOL MA program is offered through the Department of Education with cooperation from the Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics.
The program is designed to train 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, testing, cross-cultural studies and curriculum development. Students in the MA program can choose to add K-12 ESOL certification to the ESOL concentration.
The Masters International (MI) program for ESOL is also administered through UMBC's TESOL MA program. This program enables students to combine Peace Corps experience with a graduate education.
UMBC also offers a Post Baccalaureate Certificate in ESOL. The ESOL Certificate is a 4-course program.
Courses for the TESOL MA and the ESOL Certificate can be taken in both face-to-face and online courses.