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Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in TESOL, In Person

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 the academic program director to ensure that educational goals and career learning and development goals are met. Students should contact Dr. Drew Fagan:


The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), In Person (Z099) a 12-credit, 4-course graduate program developed for full-time, expert teachers across the curriculum who want to learn how to work with English learners.

  • Successful completion prepares teachers for an add-on certification in ESOL from the state if they so desire.
  • Can be completed in twelve months of continuous part-time enrollment. See Designation of Full-time/Part-time Status.

Program Features

This program currently operates exclusively through school district partnerships with Anne Arundel County Public Schools and Prince George’s County Public Schools. As such, this program is not open to admissions for individuals outside of these partnerships. 

  • If you are a teacher in one of our partner districts interested in applying, please check with your district ESOL supervisor to inquire about enrollment.
  • We are always looking for new district partners. If you are a district supervisor interested in developing a new partnership with for teachers in your district, contact Drew Fagan via email:


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: TLPL Course Descriptions.

Specialization 1: TESOL Practice

Course Number Title
TLPL660 Foundations of Literacy and Biliteracy Development
TLPL662 Second Language Acquisition
TLPL655 Student Assessment in the Second Language Classroom
TLPL665 Methods of Teaching ESOL

The program begins in July of each year and is completed in one-year. Summer courses are taught in-person at school district locations; and Fall/Spring courses are taught entirely online.

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 University of Maryland’s (UMD) 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, which are listed on the sample plan of study.

Sample Plan

Semester Year Location Course Number Section Code Credits
Summer, II (3-week session) 1 School District Location TLPL662 PX** 3
Fall 1 Online TLPL665 PU** 3
Spring 1 Online TLPL660 PU** 3
Summer, I (3-week session) 1 School District Location TLPL655 PX** 3


  • Features a blend of in-person and online learning.
  • Instruction provided by UMD 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 (two 3-week sessions).

In Person Instruction

  • Instructors present dynamic and interactive seminar-style instruction.
  • Classes are held at 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 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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