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UMBC Online ESOL Post Baccalaureate Certificate Program for Maryland Educators

The University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) offers a twelve-credit post baccalaureate certificate (PBC) in ESOL designed to provide experienced teachers with knowledge and skills to work with students whose first language is not English. Maryland public school teachers and para-educators are eligible to apply for our Online ESOL PBC Program for Maryland Educators. Participants receive reduced tuition and fees for the program. All four courses are offered completely online.

Program Schedule

The program will run from late January 2018 through May 2019.


  • Cross-cultural Communication for ESOL Teachers
  • The Grammar of American English for ESOL Teachers
  • Theories of Language Learning in the ESOL Classroom
  • Methodology of Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language

Admission Requirements

  • Undergraduate degree with a GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Teaching certificate or passing Praxis I scores or GRE scores (450+ on verbal) or graduate degree
  • Recommendation from your principal
  • Statement of purpose

Applications are due by January 1, 2018. Late applications will be considered if there is space available.

Certification and Endorsements

Certified teachers may add an ESOL endorsement by either passing the ESOL Praxis or completing 30 credits of TESOL coursework.  Our certificate courses are excellent preparation for the ESOL Praxis.  Alternatively, the courses can be counted toward the 30 credits.

Those interested in initial P-12 certification are encouraged to consider our MA TESOL w/certification. The 4 PBC courses can be transferred into the MA program.

For more information, please contact

Mary Tabaa,, 443-278-3096

For FAQ click here: ESOL PBC for ME FAQ Spring 2018.docx