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ESOL Educational Programs


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 Language 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 MA 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.

ESOL/Bilingual MA Program Directors:

John Nelson, Ph.D., Co-Director; 410/455-2379

Sarah Shin, Ph.D., Co-Director; 410/455-2485

Deadlines for Completion of Application:

For Fall Semester: February 28th for international applicants and April 15 for domestic applicants.

For Spring Semester: October 31st for both international and domestic applicants.

To apply to the ESOL/Bilingual Program at UMBC, submit an application directly to the UMBC Graduate School. To receive an application, click here for directions.

Interested applicants who miss the deadlines may take up to 2 courses in the program as non-degree students with permission from the program directors. Taking these courses does not insure entrance into the program, but if accepted, they can be applied to the MA degree.