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2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) (TSL) MS


Program Coordinator: Derek Lewis

Program Delivery Format: Online (Hybrid delivery, mix of online and in-person, is available for School Partnership cohorts), 8-week sessions.

Total Credits: 33

Average Completion Time: 24 months

Admission: Fall, Spring, and Summer (two admission options each semester, six entry points a year)

For more information contact:

Graduate Admissions: Crystal Perry, Assistant Director, Graduate Enrollment Management
(410) 857-2516

McDaniel Graduate and Professional Studies - gpsadvising@mcdaniel.edu or 410.857.2500.

Responding to a critical community need, Graduate and Professional Studies at McDaniel College created the master’s program for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).

The TESOL Master’s degree program is designed to promote excellence in teaching speakers of other languages. This program does not lead to an initial PreK-12 teacher certification and is designed for currently certified teachers who are seeking specialty certification in ESOL 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). The Maryland Higher Education Commission approved the program in 2007.

McDaniel College is a member in good standing of the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP), a national accrediting organization recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. McDaniel is working toward Initial Accreditation Status for its educator preparation programs with an anticipated accreditation review in Spring 2024.

Admissions Requirements

Candidates must submit:


  • Application for graduate study (online) - www.mcdaniel.edu/grad
  • Official transcripts conferring bachelor’s degree (minimum of 3.00 GPA*) from an accredited institution; graduate transcripts if applicable.
  • Copy of a Teaching Certificate - Maryland State Department of Education Standard Professional Certificate (SPC I or SPC II). Students with Professional Eligibility Certification or evidence of completion of teacher preparation program and passing Praxis II scores can be accepted in lieu of teacher certification.  Teachers who hold a license or certification from states outside of Maryland must also provide a copy of their teaching certificate.  Students holding Provisional or Conditional teacher certification would not be eligible for this program and should contact the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies to discuss intial teacher certification options.
  • Please note: Students who have a 2.75 to 2.99 GPA may be admitted provisionally and will be required to maintain a 3.0 GPA in the first 9-12 credit hours. Students with less than a 2.75 GPA will be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis for provisional admission but may be required to provide additional documentation and/or participate in an interview. Admission may also come with additional conditions

Additional Requisites 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



3 credit elective related to program. Program Coordinator/advisor approval required.

Capstone: 3 credits

Total Credit Hours: 33

State Authorization

McDaniel is an approved institutional member of the National Council of State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (NC-SARA). Membership in SARA is intended to make it easier for students to take online courses/programs offered by postsecondary institutions based in another state. For more information about SARA, including the states currently participating in the agreement, visit http://www.nc.sara.org.

SARA membership allows McDaniel to accept and deliver our programs/courses online to students in 49 States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Students who reside in California, currently the only state not a member of SARA, should contact the admissions office prior to application to verify if you are eligible to participate in the online program of interest.

For more information about state authorization requirements and complaint resolution, visit https://www.mcdaniel.edu/academics/graduate-professional-studies/state-authorization-requirements-complaints-resolution