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M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction, TESOL Teacher Leadership

The EdTerps Learning Academy provides formal and informal training and professional development opportunities that encompasses current evidence-based research and practice related to instruction, policy analysis, counseling, and human development.

Mentoring and advising are an essential part of the program. Students meet with faculty and the academic program director to ensure that educational goals and career learning and development goals are met. Students should contact: Dr. Sarah C. K. Moore,


The M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction, Specialty: TESOL Teacher Leadership (PGTSL) has a 30-credit, 10-course curriculum that is d designed for professionals who wish to develop expertise in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).

  • Prepares students to engage with research, theory, and pedagogical practice in the field of TESOL. This degree does not lead to initial K-12 certification to teach in public schools in the US. 
  • Valuable for certified K-12 teachers in the U.S. who wish to add on TESOL certification for the State of Maryland; professionals wishing to teach English learners in U.S. adult, community college, or university settings; or those wishing to teach at all levels in international contexts.
  • Enrollment is only available through a school-system partnership. If your school system is interested in developing a partnership, contact Dr. Sarah C. K. Moore via email:
  • Can be completed in two years of continuous full-time enrollment. Part-time enrollment is welcomed. See Designation of Full-time/Part-time Status.


Below is a listing of all program courses. For a detailed course description that includes pre-requisites or co-requisites, see The Graduate School Catalog, Course Listing as follows:

Focus Areas Course Number Title
Required TLPL646 Linguistics in Education
Required TLPL655 Student Assessment in the Second Language Classroom
Required TLPL660 Foundations of Literacy and Biliteracy Development
Required TLPL662 Second Language Acquisition
Required TLPL664 Foundations of Second Language Education: Legal, Social, and Historical Trends & Issues
Required TLPL665 Methods of Teaching ESOL
Required TLPL666 English Grammar for Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages
Elective TLPL656 Special Education and Oral Language Development in TESOL (Every Fall)
Elective TLPL657 Teaching for Cross Cultural Communication Teaching for Cross Cultural Communication (Every Fall)
Elective TLPL661 Multiliteracies: Theory and Practice (Every Fall - to be taken after TLPL 660)
Elective TLPL740 Language and Education (Fall of every odd year)
Research TLPL691 Research Methods (Spring & Summer)
Research TLPL793 Single Subject Research Designs Methods of Discourse Analysis (Spring of every odd year)
Research EDMS645 Single Subject Research Designs Quantitative Methods I (Fall, Spring, and Summer)

Registration Overview

  • See the sample plan of study, below. Students should use this as a guide to develop a plan with the academic program director.
  • Actual course offerings are determined by the program and may vary. Students should note if a course has a pre-requisite or co-requisite.
  • Specific class meeting information (days and time) is posted on UMD’s interactive web service services, Testudo. Once on that site, select “Schedule of Classes,” then the term/year. Courses are listed by academic unit.
  • The program uses specific section codes for registration that are listed on the sample plan of study.

Sample Plan

Semester Year Course Number Offsite In Person Section Code Online Section Code Credits
Fall 1 TLPL664 PX** PU** 3
Fall 1 TLPL665 PX** PU** 3
Fall 1 TLPL666 PX** PU** 3
Spring 1 TLPL646 PX** PU** 3
Spring 1 TLPL660 PX** PU** 3
Spring 1 TLPL662 PX** PU** 3
Fall 2 Elective Course PX** PU** 3
Fall 2 Elective Course PX** PU** 3
Spring 2 TLPL655 PX** PU** 3
Spring 2 Research Course PX** PU** 3


  • Features a blend of in-person and online learning.
  • Instruction provided by University of Maryland faculty and professionals in the field.
  • Uses the semester academic calendar with classes held during fall and spring semester (16 weeks each) and Summer Session.

In-Person Instruction

  • Instructors present dynamic and interactive seminar-style instruction. 
  • Classes are held at partnership school system locations, offering a focused, distraction-free learning environment.
  • Students enrolled in a program that features in-person instruction are required to submit the University’s Immunization Record Form prior to the first day of their first semester/term. See Health Requirements.

Online Instruction

  • Using advanced audio and video technology, UMD’s online learning environment delivers dynamic and interactive content.
  • Featuring convenience and flexibility, online instruction permits asynchronous or synchronous participation.
  • Students attend lectures virtually (e.g., use of video technology, such as Zoom).
  • Online lectures (lecture, slides, presentation, and Q&A interactions) are recorded and video-archived for student review.
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