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ESOL EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS

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Program Overview

 

UMBC offers an MA in TESOL and a graduate ESOL Certificate.  Established in 1979, our TESOL 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 methodology, testing, cross-cultural studies and curriculum development.  Both programs can be taken completely in face-to-face classes on campus, completely online, or with a combination of face-to-face and online classes.

MA in TESOL Options

Students may complete the programs either online or face-to-face. Our programs remain flexible so that students can study at their own pace.

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

The general TESOL M.A. program consists of 12 three-credit courses.
8 courses (24 credits) are required:

  • EDUC 601: Human Learning and Cognition
  • EDUC 602: Instructional Systems Development I
  • EDUC 625: Teaching Reading & Writing to ESOL/Bilingual Students I
  • EDUC 644: Linguistics for ESOL/Bilingual Educators
  • EDUC 688: Methods and Techniques in Teaching ESOL
  • EDUC 666: Cross-Cultural Communication for ESOL
  • EDUC 794: ISD Project Seminar in ESOL
  • EDUC 792S: ESOL Internship

4 elective courses (12 credits) can be chosen from among the following:

  • EDUC 636: ESOL Testing and Evaluation
  • EDUC 655: Teaching Reading and Writing to ESOL/ Bilingual Students II
  • EDUC 667: The Grammar of American English
  • EDUC 672: Bilingualism
  • EDUC 689: Instructional Technology for ESOL Teachers
  • EDUC 670: Theories of Language Learning in the ESOL Classroom/MLL 670: Second Language Acquisition & Learning: From Theory to Practice

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

Thesis students develop a research proposal and write a thesis under the guidance of an advisor and two or more committee members. Students may do thesis research in the United States or abroad. Thesis students take the same required and elective courses as in Option 1, less the Project Seminar (EDUC 794) and Internship (EDUC 792S). In addition, thesis students must complete at least two research courses and 6 credits of thesis research.

  • EDUC 645: Qualitative Research Methods (Elective)
  • EDUC 684: Introduction to Field Research Methods in School or Community (Elective)
  • EDUC 771: Research Designs in Education (Required)
  • EDUC 799: Master’s Thesis Research (Required - 6 credits)

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

Because of Maryland State Department of Education requirements, students who choose the Certification option take the required courses in Option 1 and the following courses which are also required.

  • EDUC 636: ESOL Testing and Evaluation
  • EDUC 655: Teaching Reading and Writing to ESOL/ Bilingual Students II
  • EDUC 667: The Grammar of American English
  • EDUC 670: Theories of Language Learning in the ESOL Classroom/MLL 670: Second Language Acquisition & Learning: From Theory to Practice
  • EDUC 791S: ESOL Internship Phase I
  • EDUC 792L: ESOL Internship Phase II (6 credits)

The K-12 Certification option includes 100 days of internship experience in public elementary and secondary schools over two semesters. EDUC 791S and EDUC 792L replace EDUC 792S in Option 1.

OPTION 4 MASTER OF ARTS IN TESOL WITH THESIS AND K-12 CERTIFICATION (54 CREDITS)

Combining Certification with a Thesis requires fulfilling the requirements for both options.

ESOL Certificate


The Graduate ESOL Certificate is a 4-course program . Required Courses (6 credits)
Two courses (6 credits) are required:

  • EDUC 688: Methods and Techniques in Teaching ESOL
  • EDUC 666: Cross-Cultural Communication for ESOL/MLL 625: Intercultural and Cross-Cultural Communication

For the two elective courses (6 credits), students can choose from the following list of electives:

  • EDUC 625: Teaching Reading & Writing to ESOL/Bilingual Students I
  • EDUC 636: ESOL Testing and Evaluation
  • EDUC 644: Linguistics for ESOL/Bilingual Educators
  • EDUC 655: Teaching Reading and Writing to ESOL/ Bilingual Students II
  • EDUC 667: The Grammar of American English
  • EDUC 672: Bilingualism
  • EDUC 689: Instructional Technology for ESOL Teachers
  • EDUC 670: Theories of Language Learning in the ESOL Classroom/MLL 670: Second Language Acquisition & Learning: From Theory to Practice

All courses taken for the certificate can be applied to the MA in TESOL upon admission into the MA Program if the student wishes to continue in the field of study.

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Career Opportunities


An ESOL concentration prepares students for a wide variety of teaching and related careers including:

  • Teaching English as a second or foreign language in universities, community colleges and language institutes across the U.S.;

  • Administering and/or teaching in K-12 ESOL and bilingual programs in public and private schools in Maryland and throughout the U.S.;

  • Working with refugee and immigrant groups in adult education programs;

  • Working with ESL/EFL programs around the world through international universities, private language schools, and public educational systems.


Admission Requirements


Admission to the TESOL MA Program is on a competitive basis. Applicants should have:

  • an undergraduate degree with a minimum of a 3.0 GPA

  • 3 professional or academic references
  • better than a 150 on the GRE Verbal test,

  • a statement of purpose that shows interest in the field,

  • Second language speakers of English must also have a TOEFL score of 550+ (213+ on the computer-based test or 80+ on the internet-based test)

Admission to the ESOL Certificate Program is also on a competitive basis. Applicants should have:

  • an undergraduate degree with a minimum of a 3.0 GPA

  • 2 references

  • better than a 150 on the GRE Verbal test or better than a 527 + composite score on the Praxis I test

  • a statement of purpose that shows interest in the field

  • Second language speakers of English must also have a TOEFL score of 550 (213 on the computer-based test or 80+ on the internet-based test)


Internships and/or K -12 Student Teaching


The non-certification Internship is a field-oriented experience in a setting consistent with the student's professional preparation and career goals. It provides the student with the opportunity to put into practice the skills and knowledge acquired in the program's courses. Internships require a minimum of 40 hours in an instructional situation.  They can last from 3 to 6 months and can be done in the United States or abroad.  The program has internship agreements with institutions in Ecuador, Mexico, Bolivia, and Peru.  Students can be paid for work done for these internships.

Students who add the K -12 ESOL Certification option to their program are required to do 2 semesters of student observation/teaching in K -12 ESOL public school programs in the Baltimore/Washington area. This internship is experienced at both elementary and secondary schools.  The internship requires spending 100 days in the publisc schools plus attending seminars each semester where they discuss aspects of their internship experiences.


Thesis Research


Thesis option students develop a research proposal and write a thesis under the guidance of an advisor and several faculty advisors. Thesis students can do their thesis research in the United States or abroad. Many of our students who have gone on to doctoral programs have found their thesis experience helpful.