TESOL and Maryland Certification

Students who wish to earn Maryland State Certification to teach ESOL (K-12) and complete the M.A. in English–TESOL are advised to enroll in this fifty-seven (57) credit (maximum) program.

(The number of credit hours required for the TESOL and MD Certification Option may vary depending on students’ educational and professional backgrounds. However, students must take a minimum of 33 graduate credit hours in order to earn the M.A. in English.) Students pursuing an ESOL Teaching Certification must take the PRAXIS I examination and be admitted to the Teacher Education Program at SU. All courses included in the program must be completed with grades of C or better, and students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0.

The required Core Curriculum for the M.A. in English–TESOL and MD Certification

(Plan D Plus) consists of the following thirty-six (36) hours/twelve (12) courses:

Students who have two or more years of successful teaching experience may substitute the three credit EDUC 558 Practicum for Teaching Professionals, while those with two years of successful supervised ESOL teaching experience may waive the student teaching experience, subject to the approval of the TESOL Liaison in the Education Department.

Students pursuing the M.A. in English--TESOL & Maryland Certification who have taken any of the Core Requirements as undergraduates (e.g., ENGL 428 ESOL Tests and Measurements, ENGL 430 Principles of Linguistics, ENGL 431 Survey of Modern English Grammar, ENGL 433 Language and Culture, ENGL 439 Second Language Acquisition) will, in consultation with the Graduate Program Director, select alternative courses to meet the thirty-three (33) hour requirement.

Prior to graduation, students must take PRAXIS II ESOL and submit their scores to the Graduate Program Director. Students apply for the state certification individually.