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Yes. Graduates of the program are prepared to teach both ESL and EFL at elementary, secondary, adult, and college levels. All courses are designed to incorporate both ESL and EFL at elementary, secondary, adult, and college levels. All courses are designed to incorporate both ESL and EFL theory, methodology, and practice. Students can choose to focus on any area in their outside assignments, special projects, and papers. The majority of the students prepare for teaching both ESL and EFL. Some focus on K-12; others focus on teaching adults.
The basic program requires 12 courses to complete. Full-time students can complete the program by taking 3 courses each fall and spring and 1 or 2 courses in the summer. This would enable them to finish in a year and a half. Part-time students taking 2 courses per semester would need 2 and a half years to complete the program. Students interested in taking the certification option should expect to take an additional semester to complete the program. The internship experience requires a full academic year, and course loads in addition to the internship should not be too demanding. Students choosing the Thesis option often also require an additional semester to complete the program.
The program has approximately 65 MA students and 25 certificate students. Approximately one half of these students are part-time (1-2 classes/semester). The program also offers cohort programs to current Maryland public school teachers.
Students who choose the non-thesis option attend a project seminar class, undertake an internship, and take a written comprehensive exam at the end of the program. Thesis option students develop a research proposal and write a thesis under the guidance of an advisor and other faculty members. The thesis preparation takes the place of the project seminar, internship and comprehensive examination. The thesis option requires 3 more credits than the non-thesis option.
The program has high standards for admission. Applicants first must meet the University of Maryland Graduate School Baltimore admission requirements (see graduate catalog). All applications are screened by the program's admissions committee. Final decisions are based on the applicants' past academic experience, GRE scores, recommendations, and letters of intent. We actively recruit students from diverse backgrounds and academic preparations. At present, approximately 10-20 new students are accepted each semester.
Obtaining K-12 ESOL Certification will enable you to be hired as an ESOL teacher in a Maryland public school system. ESOL teachers in Maryland teach English language learners in a variety of ways depending on their job placement. Opportunities are available at both elementary and secondary levels. ESOL teachers teach self-contained classes, pull-out classes and in inclusion situations depending on the system and placement they receive. Maryland ESOL Certification is recognized in many other states and in American schools overseas. Each state has its own requirements for certification and may require additional training, but Maryland certification standards are similar to and more rigorous than those of most other states.
The non-certification option requires 36 credits including a 3-credit internship. The certification option requires 42 total credits including 6 additional credits of internship.
No. You can decide to pursue certification after you have started taking courses at UMBC. Once on campus, you can talk more extensively with your academic advisor and with students who are already studying for certification so that you can make a more informed decision.
Students can transfer up to 6 credit hours (2 courses) toward the master's degree. These courses must be of a similar nature to courses that are required for the degree and they must be at the graduate level. The courses can be from any accredited university or college, but they must not have been used toward any other degree. Students who have used such courses toward other degrees can request to have the program requirements for those waived. Students who have courses waived must still complete a minimum of 36 credits in the program.
Prospective students can take one or two courses in our program as non-degree students with the permission of program advisors. These courses do not assure acceptance into the program, but they can be counted toward the degree if the student is admitted.
State ESOL Certification and the UMBC ESOL Certificate are 2 different things. The Certificate does not mean state certification. The state has a list of requirements for ESOL Certification which are addressed by the Program's MA Program. However, for individuals who are currently certified by the State in another field, ESOL Certification may be added by passing the Praxis II Examination in ESOL. UMBC's Certificate program will help students pass Praxis II and prepare them to teach in ESOL classes in Maryland's public schools.
Yes! All Certificate courses can be transferred to the MA if a student is admitted to the MA program.
Yes, All certificate courses are offered both face-to-face and online. Students can choose to take all face-to-face classes, or all online courses or a combination. Students who take only online courses get a reduction in school fees.
No. You do not need to list ETS codes for any of the universities you have attended outside of the United States.
The code for MA applicants is TESL ( face-to-face) or TESLO (online).
The code for Certificate applicants is CESL (face-to-face) or CESLO (online).
The residency form is only for students who have lived in Maryland for an extended period and pay taxes to the state. If you have not lived in Maryland, you do not need to fill out this form.
The Golden ID Program offers free tuition to Maryland residents who are over the age of 60 and not employed full-time. If this applies to you, check "yes". If you are not in this situation, check the box on the application form for "no."
Your application materials will not get lost at UMBC if you carefully follow the directions for submitting application materials. These directions are contained in the Graduate School Application. In the case of GRE and TOEFL test scores, these should be sent directly from the testing authority to the university.
MA applicants can submit their references’ contact information with their online applications. Certificate applicants can request that their references send recommendations to the ESOL program by mail or to email@example.com.
If you have listed the correct ETS institution code for UMBC (5835), your scores will arrive at UMBC's Graduate School. The Graduate School will retain the original score sheet and send a copy to the TESOL program.
The minimum TOEFL score required for admissions consideration is 213 on the computer-based test. For the internet-based test, the minimum is 80.
We also accept the IELTS. The minimum score required for that test is 6.5
Yes. You may send a photocopied score report to the TESOL program to speed up the application review process; however, you must ensure that an official score report is sent to UMBC directly from ETS.
The ETS institution code for UMBC on the GRE is 5835. (This is the same institution code that you fill in on the TOEFL).
No. The International Education Services Office at UMBC prefers that you send these documents after being notified of your acceptance to the university because the documents need to be as recent as possible. Please directly contact the International Education Services office (ies@ umbc.edu) if you have additional questions about certifying financial support.
No. We are unable to make final admissions decisions until all the required application materials have been submitted. Because admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis, however (meaning that the admissions committee meets on several occasions to make admissions decisions), it is to your advantage to send us your application materials as early as possible.
Once you receive an official letter of acceptance to UMBC, you can request to defer your enrollment for up to one year from the time it is offered.
UMBC has on-campus housing for graduate students. You can also find accommodations off campus. Graduate students usually rent rooms or apartments near UMBC with costs varying from $250 to $600 per month. It is common for students to share apartments. There is an office on campus that maintains a list of off-campus housing possibilities near UMBC, including those on campus shuttle-bus routes. (The campus shuttle bus provides free transportation for UMBC students to and from the university). Most international students choose to live in apartment complexes that are located on the shuttle-bus route.
It is never a good idea to commit to a housing contract without actually seeing the accommodations in person. Therefore, it is best to arrange permanent housing AFTER you arrive in Baltimore.
The university offers temporary, relatively inexpensive on-campus housing for several weeks in August and January. This option provides you with a place to stay for a short period while you look for a permanent residence. The International Education Services Office will forward you more information regarding temporary on-campus housing once you have been notified of your acceptance by the university.
UMBC has some support available for graduate students but nothing specifically for international students. It is very possible to find on-campus work. Once you arrive at UMBC, you can begin searching for on-campus jobs. The positions are advertised when they become available, and you will need to contact the individual campus offices sponsoring the jobs in order to apply. The Career Development and Placement Office on campus maintains a list of current on-campus job opportunities. Be mindful, however, that the income from on-campus jobs provides a small supplementary income for living expenses; it is probably not enough to support oneself.
The Education Department has several graduate assistant positions available each year, including one assistantship position with the TESOL program. These positions last the entire ten-month academic year. The graduate assistant positions are usually held by students who have already been enrolled in the M.A. program for at least one semester; however, prospective students may apply. The positions are advertised each March, and the details of the jobs and application procedures are available at that time.