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The Master of Arts in Leadership in Teaching: TESOL program provides advanced study for certified professionals who wish to become leaders in teaching English as a second or foreign language through graduate study in pedagogy, linguistics, cross-cultural communication, and second language teaching methodology. The curriculum covers leadership in both theory and practice, how to assess for second language skills, ways to integrate technology to enhance learning, and the principles of linguistics.
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Program Options

Notre Dame offers several options to study TESOL at the graduate level:

Certified Teachers

  • MA in Leadership in Teaching: ESOL for experienced teachers who already hold a K-12 state certification (in ESOL or another area)
  • Post-Baccalaureate Certificate for certified and non-certified individuals who hold a bachelor's degree
  • Post-Master's Certification for certified teachers who already hold a master's degree

Non-Certified Individuals

Master's Degree

Required Courses (36 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 557 - Leadership Seminar I (3)
EDU 559 - Leadership Seminar II (3)
EDU 567 - Learning Theory and Practice (3)
EDU 586 - Techniques of Teaching Reading and Writing to English Language Learners (3)
EDU 596 - English Grammar for ESL Teachers (3)

Prerequisites: Six credits in a second language

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate

Required Courses

EDU 508 - Issues in TESOL
EDU 545 - Principles of Linguistics
EDU 546 - Methods and Materials for TESOL
EDU 548 - Language Learning

Post-Master's Certification

Required Courses

EDU 508 - Issues in TESOL
EDU 545 - Principles of Linguistics
*EDU 546 - Methods and Materials for TESOL
*EDU 547 - Assessing Second Language Acquisition
*EDU 548 - Language Learning
*EDU 586 - Techniques of Teaching Reading and Writing to English Language Learners
*EDU 596 - English Grammar for ESL Teachers

*Prerequisite: Six credits in a second language are required by completion of program. Courses may be taken at the undergraduate level.

What to Expect Studying at Notre Dame of Maryland University

As a nationally recognized TESOL program, you can expect to benefit from small class sizes, expert faculty, and practical field experiences.

Flexible Class Schedules

Work with an advisor to develop a personalized program plan: 

  • Many courses available online.
  • Courses offered in the evenings at times convenient for working adults.
  • Occasional courses available on Saturdays.

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