FAQs about the TELL Certificate

How many credits is the Teaching English Language Learner Certificate?
The Teaching English Language Learners (TELL) certificate is a 15 credit program. There are five (5) three (3) credit courses.

Can the coursework in the TELL Certificate be applied to a Master’s program?
Yes. Up to two (2) courses or six (6) credits or may be applied to the M.Ed Literacy Teacher or M.Ed Reading Specialist Programs.

How long will it take to complete the entire certificate?
The certificate can be completed within one (1) year. The participant will need to complete one (1) course in the summer, two (2) courses in the fall, and two (2) courses in the spring.

Will the TELL Certificate program certify me to teach ESOL? Will I need to complete the Praxis?
The TELL certificate does not lead to ESOL certification. After completing the TELL, an individual with Maryland teaching certification can seek additional ESOL endorsement by completing the Praxis II test. 

What is the tuition cost? Are payment plans available? Is financial aid available?
Loyola University Maryland School of Education 2013-14 tuition rate is $520 per credit. Loyola does offer payment plans. Yes, financial aid is available for the TELL certificate. Participants will be required to take a minimum of one (1) course in the summer and two (2) courses in the fall and spring to be eligible for financial aid. Additionally, School system employees should contact their human resources office regarding tuition reimbursement.

Does this program require applicants to have initial certification?
No, this program is designed for all professionals. This program is also not limited to only school based employees.

How do I register for the program?
You will need to complete the online application. We require official transcripts from all universities/colleges attended. We also require one letter of recommendation. The resume is optional, however, recommended.