Responding to a critical community need, Graduate and Professional Studies at McDaniel College created the master's program for Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). The Maryland Higher Education Commission approved the program in 2007.

Although the TESOL Masters degree program is designed to promote excellence in teaching speakers of other languages, this program does not lead to an intitial PreK-12 teacher ceritfication. The program places a strong emphasis on the development of: professionalism in language education; individual language rights; accessible, high quality education; collaboration in a global community; interaction of research and reflective practice for educational improvement; respect for diversity and multiculturalism; and promotion of professional development and exchange for educators. This program is closely aligned with the professional standards established by Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages [TESOL]/National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education [NCATE].


Key Features of the TESOL program include:

• The core courses in the program are offered totally online.  Elective courses are offered online, in a hybrid format, or face-to-face.

• Preparation for the Praxis II (test 5361) in ESOL.

• Updated knowledge working with English Language Learners (ELLs).

• Effective instructional strategies and classroom management techniques that work with all students.

• A combination of theory and effective teaching practices equip you with the skills to manage diverse and multicultural students in a variety of classroom environments.


• Certified teachers wishing to prepare for Praxis II without pursuing a master’s degree should visit the TESOL Praxis II Prep program page.

• Those interested in pursuing initial certification should consult the BEST Initial Teacher Certification program.

Why McDaniel

• Enhance your résumé with new skills from a high-quality and accredited program from an institution that is renowned for its graduate teacher education programs.

• Flexible schedules with online and face-to-face classes in the late afternoon and evening allow you to fit full-time education into your busy schedule.

• Balances full-time faculty with adjunct instructors who draw course content from best practices in the field.

• Small class size and individual attention that the professors provide students.

• Highly competitive tuition.

Admissions Requirements

  • Completed application for graduate study

  • Submit the non-refundable application fee

  • Submit a Statement of Intent describing your academic and career goals

  • Official transcripts verifying completion of an undergraduate and graduate (if obtained) degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75

  • Three official academic or professional letters of recommendation

Additional Requirements as Approved by the Program Coordinator

If a student does not already have the appropriate requisite courses below, they would need to be taken at the undergraduate or graduate level.

  • Three credits in cross-cultural studies.
  • Six credits in a modern foreign language.

If a student does not currently have a teaching certificate, the appropriate requisite courses below may need to be taken at the undergraduate or graduate level.

  • Three credits in foundations of education.
  • Six credits in Reading Methods at the Secondary Level.

Evidence of proficiency in Science and Mathematics related to K-12 curriculum.

Degree Requirements

  • Successful completion of all required coursework.
  • Minimum 3.0 overall GPA.


Dr. Derek M. Lewis
TESOL Program Coordinator
(410) 371-6869

Career Opportunities for Graduates

Graduates of this program fill various positions:

• ESOL teachers

• Foreign language teachers

• English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teachers

• Government and corporate positions requiring the teaching of or, interaction with speakers of other languages

Important Dates

Applications are accepted and processed throughout the year but the College recommends that students submit their applications and supporting materials well in advance of the start of the semester in which they plan to enroll.

Recommended Application Filing Dates:
Fall Semester – by or before August 1
Spring Semester - by or before December 15
Summer Session - by or before May 1

These filing dates are after the opening of registration for those semesters so students wishing to have the greatest choice of courses should submit their applications earlier.


1. Can I take the entire program online?
Yes, this program is available in a completely online, face-to-face or hybrid (online and face-to-face) format.

2. I’m a certified teacher hoping to obtain TESOL certification. Do I need to take the full M.S. program?
No, certified teachers may elect to take the TESOL Praxis II preparation sequence.