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Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

A program of advanced study for professionals who wish to pursue careers in teaching English as a second or foreign language

Program Overview

  • The demand for teachers of English as a second or modern world language—both in the United States and abroad—is higher than ever.
  • The Master of Arts in TESOL consists of six core courses, which are required for all students enrolled in the program. Students' additional course requirements depend on their choice of concentration.
  • Candidates work closely with an advisor to develop a personalized program plan.
  • New students are accepted for each enrollment term: fall, winter, spring and summer.
  • Coursework is offered during evenings and weekends, at times convenient for working adults.

Concentrations

  • PreK-12 concentration prepares students to teach ESOL in U.S. public schools (grades PreK-12). Candidates pursuing the PreK-12 concentration will complete a 39-credit program including a year-long student teaching internship in a Maryland public school.  Certification candidates must also complete an ePortfolio and pass the Praxis II exam to earn Maryland PreK-12 ESOL certification.
  • Post-secondary concentration prepares students to teach ESOL in post-secondary education, in addition to non-traditional educational settings, such as adult education ESL programs, or EFL (English as a Foreign Language) programs abroad. Candidates pursuing the post-secondary concentration will complete a 33-credit program including a practicum experience where they work with adult learners in the community.
  • Notre Dame also offers the MA in Leadership in Teaching: TESOL program for already certified teachers who wish to add ESOL as an advanced certification area.

The Notre Dame Difference

  • Notre Dame is committed to preparing teachers in the most needed content fields.  ESOL is considered a critical shortage content area in Maryland and nationwide.
  • Small class sizes, face to face instruction and personalized advising all mean that students receive an education that meets their needs.

MATESOL student

Admissions Requirements

Admissions requirements for graduate level teacher certification programs include:

1. Graduate Studies application form     Available online at www.ndm.edu/admissions/apply/

2. Official transcript(s) sent directly to Graduate Admissions Office

If applicable, please provide all official transcripts from undergraduate, graduate and/or community college course work.  Official e-transcripts are accepted if sent directly from the school attended to the Graduate Admissions Office at gradadm@ndm.edu.  Students with degrees from universities outside of the United States should submit an official course by course evaluated transcript. See World Education Services (WES) at www.wes.org.

3. Admissions essay       (Essay is waived for students who have completed a previous master’s degree.)

Please address one of the following questions for your 300-500 word admissions essay:

1. Pursuing a graduate program is a challenge that requires perseverance, good judgment and flexibility. Please provide an example of how you have exercised these three traits in your life.

2. Today's workforce requires employees to work collaboratively. Please provide us with an example of how you have worked with a team towards a goal. What were the challenges involved? What were the accomplishments? Finally, what did you learn from the work?

4. Three Letters of Recommendation     Letters of recommendation are required for all ACT, MAT and MATESOL applicants who are not currently working in schools.  If an applicant is currently a full-time employee of a public school system or a private school, the recommendation letters are waived.  Recommendation form is available online at www.ndm.edu/admissions/graduate-studies/apply-for-admission/

5. Praxis Scores – or Alternate Acceptable Test Scores (Only applicants seeking the PreK-12 certification track.  Praxis scores are not required if seeking the post-secondary track.)

The State of Maryland requires passing Praxis Core and Praxis II scores for all candidates seeking initial teaching certification.  If an applicant for a graduate teaching certification program has a 3.0 cumulative GPA or higher from previous undergraduate and graduate work, the applicant may be accepted to the program at NDMU under the condition that he/she provides passing Praxis Core scores before beginning the student teaching internship.  If an applicant for a graduate teaching certification program has a cumulative GPA below 3.0, passing Praxis Core scores will be required before the applicant may be accepted to the program at NDMU.

The following tests satisfy the State of Maryland requirements for the Praxis Core:

5712       Core Academic Skills for Educators: Reading                 Passing score of 156

5722       Core Academic Skills for Educators: Writing                  Passing score of 162

5732       Core Academics Skills for Educators: Mathematics       Passing score of 150

Candidates must achieve the qualifying score on all three of the assessments; there is no composite score.

The State of Maryland will also accept the following options from candidates:

  • Praxis I: PPST scores taken before September 2014: composite score of 527 of higher
  • SAT test taken after April 1995: combined math and verbal (critical reading) score of 1100
  • SAT test taken prior to April 1995: math and verbal (critical reading) score of 1000
  • ACT composite score of 24 (ACT composite score is the average of the tests)
  • GRE revised General Test: composite of the combined verbal and quantitative score of 297. Candidates who took the GRE test prior to September 2011 will use the old composite score of 1000.

Mail application materials to:

Notre Dame of Maryland University

Graduate Admissions Office

4701 North Charles St.

Baltimore, Maryland 21210

Email application materials to: gradadm@ndm.edu

 

Courses

MA in TESOL (Initial PreK-12 Certification) (39 Credits)

EDU-508 Issues in TESOL (3)
EDU-519 Human Development and Learning (3)
EDU-543 Reading, Analyzing and Interpreting Educational Research (3)
EDU-545 Principles of Linguistics (3)
EDU-546 Methods and Materials for TESOL (3)
EDU-547 Assessing Second Language Acquisition (3)
EDU-548 Language Learning (3)
EDU-556 Technology for Instruction and Management (3)
EDU-586 Techniques of Teaching Reading & Writing to Students with Limited English Proficiency (3)
EDU-596 English Grammar for ESL Teachers (3)
EDU-611 Internship (6)
SPE-526 Special Education for the Classroom Teacher (3)

MA in TESOL (Post-Secondary Education) (33 Credits)

EDU-508 Issues in TESOL (3)
EDU-543 Reading, Analyzing and Interpreting Educational Research (3)
EDU-545 Principles of Linguistics (3)
EDU-546 Methods and Materials for TESOL (3)
EDU-547 Assessing Second Language Acquisition (3)
EDU-548 Language Learning (3)
EDU-556 Technology for Instruction and Management (3)
EDU-586 Teaching Reading and Writing to Students with Limited English Proficiency (3)
EDU-596 English Grammar for ESL Teachers (3)

EDU-697 Language and Intercultural Communication for Changing Populations (3) or
EDU-698 Linguistic and Cultural Diversity (3)

EDU-595 Practicum (If candidates obtain 150 documented hours of teaching adults in the community, they may choose an EDU 500 elective to complete the 33-credit program.)

Alumni and Career Opportunities

Notre Dame MATESOL alum Sarah Smith '13 now teaches academic English to university students in Seoul, South Korea.  Sarah recalls the NDMU professors who made an impact on her life.

"The instructors are phenomenal- not only do they exemplify "a good teacher"- they are role models in professionalism, as educators and as lifelong learners. I learned as much by their examples as by the content they taught. Everyday I am reminded of pertinent coursework but even more so find myself reflecting on how my professors conducted themselves and their classes. The NDMU professors and the NDMU program changed my life; as a teacher, I hope to be a part of this life-changing experience for my students."

Notre Dame MATESOL alum Tracey White '14 now teaches ESOL in Baltimore County Public Schools.  

"I chose NDMU’s MATESOL program was because I had heard so many positive things about it.  I knew a few graduates of the program and I had attended a workshop there and loved the feel of the campus.  Attending school again was a daunting task for me since it had been roughly six years since I’d taken any real classes and around twenty years since receiving my bachelor’s degree in nursing.  Working full time and being a single parent did not help matters much!

My initial meeting with Paula Simon and Barb Pitcock made me feel a lot more at ease. The instructors there were top notch, especially Dr. Christa De Kleine.  She was wonderfully accessible, firm but extremely fair.  Her classes were certainly not easy but I enjoyed them.  Also, Dr. Stephanie Savick’s class was amazing!  I learned so much during that brief winter course!  A ton of work was required but again, all worthwhile!

I was already working for Baltimore County Public Schools as a school nurse when I applied to the MATESOL program, and wanted to continue as an ESOL teacher.  I was fortunate enough to get a student teaching position within the county, and was then subsequently hired as an ESOL teacher in August of 2014. 

All of the hard work, the ePortfolio, connections with my fellow classmates and the phenomenal teachers and counselors made my experience at Notre Dame of Maryland University a great decision and I would make that choice again."  

The need for ESOL teachers is growing.  Scholarships are available to train teachers for this high need field.

  • English as a Second Language is considered a critical shortage area in Maryland and nationwide.  Students pursuing the PreK-12 concentration may be eligible for special grants meant to train additional teachers to meet the growing demand for ESOL educators.  
  • The TEACH grant is a federal grant available to students who agree to teach for four years in a low-income school following graduation.  
  • The Workforce Shortage Grant is a State of Maryland grant available to students who agree to teach for one year in a Maryland public school.

Notre Dame is here to support you on your job search. 

  • Our Career Center is available to graduate students with services including career counseling, resume writing assistance, interview coaching, and job listings.
  • During the internship year, all K-12 MATESOL students attend a seminar with the opportunity to speak to Human Resources representatives from the local area school systems.  Many local school systems conduct on-campus interviews right here at Notre Dame.

 Students learning in the ELI program

Frequently Asked Questions

1)      What is the tuition and how much does the program cost?

Tuition costs for education master’s level programs are $540 per credit for the 2016-2017 school year. There is a $150 registration fee each fall and spring semester of registration.  

2)      Is financial aid available?

Financial aid for graduate students is largely in the form of low interest student loans.  To receive student loans, a graduate student would need to take at least 6 credits per semester and complete the FAFSA form.

Students pursuing the PreK-12 concentration may be eligible for special grants meant to train additional ESOL teachers. The TEACH grant is a federal grant available to students who agree to teach for four years in a low-income school following graduation.  The Workforce Shortage Grant is a State of Maryland grant available to students who agree to teach for one year in a Maryland public school.

For more information, please read Financial Aid for Graduate Students

3)      What prerequisites are required before starting the program?

Candidates are expected to have 6 credits in world language study.  This requirement ensures that candidates have experienced the challenges of learning a second language.  Candidates also should demonstrate through their undergraduate performance (2.75 or higher GPA) that they have the academic background to complete this rigorous program.

4)      Can I transfer in previous education coursework?

If appropriate coursework was taken at the graduate level, up to 6 credits may transfer into the graduate program at Notre Dame upon approval from the advisor.

5)      How long does the program take?

The program length will vary based on a student’s personalized program plan and concentration.  The program generally takes two years with the first year consisting of coursework and the second year as a student teaching internship or practicum placement.  Students will work with an advisor to schedule courses on a full-time (three courses per semester) or part-time (one or two courses per semester) basis.

6)      Do I need to take the Praxis exam?

The State of Maryland requires passing Praxis Core and Praxis II scores for all candidates seeking initial teaching certification. If a candidate is seeking the post-secondary track of the MATESOL program, Praxis scores are not required.

If an applicant for a graduate teaching certification program has a 3.0 cumulative GPA or higher from previous undergraduate and graduate work, the applicant may be accepted to the program at NDMU under the condition that he/she provides passing Praxis Core scores before beginning the student teaching internship.  If an applicant for a graduate teaching certification program has a cumulative GPA below 3.0, passing Praxis Core scores will be required before the applicant may be accepted to the program at NDMU.  The State of Maryland accepts scores from the Praxis I, SAT, ACT and GRE tests in place of the Praxis Core if the scores are high enough (see admissions criteria section of this page).

Praxis II exams are based on a candidate's intended certification area and are taking during the program.  Praxis II exams must be completed before a candidate may be stamped for certification.

7)      When can I start the program?

We offer rolling admission to the MATESOL program.  Candidates may begin the program during any enrollment term: Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer.  We have the following recommended application deadlines:  July 5 for fall semester, November 5 for winter semester, December 5 for spring semester, April 5 for summer semester.  By meeting the recommended deadlines, students are ensured of the best selection of classes.  Applicants are accepted past the recommended deadline as long as space remains open in classes.

8)      What days and times are classes offered?

Classes during the fall and spring semesters are offered on Monday through Thursday evenings, with most courses beginning at 6pm and meeting one evening per week. During the winterim semester, classes are offered for a full day on the four Saturdays in January, and students may take one course.  Courses during the summer semester will have different schedules based on the course, with some offered in an accelerated format.

9)      Where are classes offered?

We offer the MATESOL program at our main campus in Baltimore.  Occasional courses may be offered in other locations, but the majority of coursework for an MATESOL student will be taken in Baltimore.  All classes are taught face to face.

10)      Do you have information sessions for this program?

Information sessions are held periodically at our main campus in Baltimore. Info sessions are a great way to get "a feel" for the personalized approach at NDMU and to get specific information about the program and application process.  Check-in starts at 5:30pm, and the presentation begins at 6pm.  Everyone who attends the information session will receive a waiver for first registration fee.  Register at www.ndm.edu/essentialcredential.

11)   I would like to enroll at Notre Dame as an international student.  Are there any additional requirements?

International students are welcome in the MATESOL program. In addition to all regular application requirements, we require a World Education Services credit evaluation of your transcripts if your undergraduate degree was completed outside of the United States.  We also require passing TOEFL scores if your undergraduate courses were not taught in English. Students must demonstrate the ability to fund the program by providing a financial statement showing tuition and living expenses covered.

12)   I have more questions!  Who should I call?

 

For main campus admissions information:
Office of Graduate Admissions

410-532-5317
gradadm@ndm.edu

 

For main campus program questions:
Megan Bowen
Director of Admission and Advising for Graduate Initial Certification

410-532-5350
mbowen@ndm.edu