Certificate in Teaching English Language Learners (TELL)

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For teachers and professionals teaching and working with English language learners.

As the population for whom English is a second or third language continues to grow, there is a critical need for educators, school professionals, and other health and human service professionals to possess the skills to effectively support English language learners. 

Loyola University Maryland’s 15-credit Certificate in Teaching English Language Learners (TELL) cohort program is designed to address that need, assisting professionals—such as teachers, special educators, school administrators, school counselors, psychologists, reading specialists, or anyone working with English language learning clients or students—to develop practical skills and theoretical knowledge necessary for effective expertise in bilingual teaching, learning, and assessment.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the certificate program, students will receive a Certificate in Teaching English Language Learners. Students who currently possess teacher certification in Maryland, may independently apply for MSDE ESOL endorsement upon passing the ESOL English to Speakers of the Other Languages Praxis II #5362 exam. 

View testimonials from our alumni who have completed the Certificate in Teaching English Language Learners program.

Hybrid Program Format

The 15 credit Certificate in Teaching English Language Learners (TELL) program begins each fall (late August) and ends the following July. This hybrid program consists of three courses taken in person and two online courses.

Explore the Curriculum

The Certificate in Teaching English Language Learners (TELL) program focuses on both the practical and theoretical aspects of the field. The program is classroom oriented with a strong focus on sociolinguistics, literacy, intercultural communication, and the interaction of language learning and use. The TELL program is based on a reflexive practitioner model that includes case studies, field experiences, and in-depth examination of the theories and practices that support EL students’ learning. Together, these form a dynamic backdrop against which to study English language learning in today's 21st century context.

Program participants will learn to:

  • identify and effectively use research-based best practices in bilingual/ESOL instruction
  • articulate an understanding of the evolution of ESOL programming
  • articulate an understanding of second language acquisition and literacy development
  • design instruction reflecting effective assessment and learning strategies
  • demonstrate sensitive and innovative instruction respecting cultural differences

Three courses are offered at Loyola's Columbia Graduate Center, and two courses are offered online. Explore the curriculum in more detail.

Program Requirements

Program requirements include 15 credits of course work. Students take one 8 week course at a time.  The in person courses are offered in Columbia Graduate Center.  All courses occur on Thursdays from 5:00 pm - 8:45 pm.  There will be approximately 1 hour of independent class time each week.

 RE525  Reading and Writing in the Linguistically Diverse Classroom
 RE602  Second Language Development: Theory and Practice*
 RE604  Methods for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
 RE603  Language, Literacy, and Culture*
 RE606  Assessments in Bilingual and Second Language Education

*Offered online

Completion Time

One year (Late August - July).

Possible Career Paths

Click on the links for more information on jobs and Standard Occupational Codes (SOC) related to this program:

Possible Careers  SOC Codes 
Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education  25-2012.00
Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education  25-2021.00
Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education 25-2022.00
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education 25-2031.00
Postsecondary Education Teachers 25-1081.00
Special Education Teachers, Kindergarten and Elementary School 25-2052.00
Special Education Teachers, Middle School 25-2053.00
Special Education Teachers, Secondary School 25-2054.00
Adult Basic and Secondary Education and Literacy Teachers and Instructors 25-3011.00
Education Administrators, Elementary and Secondary School 11-9032.00
Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors 21-1012.00
Instructional Coordinators 25-9031.00

Estimated Program Costs

  • Program tuition and fees: $8475.00*
  • Program books and supplies: $ 750.00*
  • On-campus room and board: n/a

*Note: Costs for the program, including tuition, fees, books, and supplies, are estimated based on academic year 2017-18 rates. Rates are subject to change.



  • Program length: This 15-credit program is designed to take 12 months to complete.
  • Percentage of graduates who completed this program in the time defined above: Due to privacy regulations, since fewer than 10 students completed the program in 2015-16 this information may not be disclosed.
  • Job placement rate for this program: Since the job placement rate is not required by an accrediting body nor by the State of Maryland, this information is not available.

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