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 fully online 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 be able to:

  1. Receive a certificate in Teaching English Language Learners (TELL).
  2. Independently apply for MSDE ESOL endorsement upon passing the ESOL English to Speakers of the Other Languages Praxis II #5362 exam (for students who currently possess teacher certification in Maryland). 

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

These courses are all 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. 

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

Fully Online Program Format

The 15-credit certificate in Teaching English Language Learners (TELL) program begins each fall (late August) and ends the following July. This program consists of five online courses.

Program Outcomes

This program is designed to be completed in 12 months (late August - July).

This program will cost $9,425 if completed within normal time. There may be additional costs for living expenses. *Note: Costs for the program are estimated based on academic year 2019-20 rates. Rates are subject to change.

Program qualifies students to sit for licensure exam in Maryland.

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