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2022-2023 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Education, Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in TESOL

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Dr. Christopher Vilmar, Graduate Program Director

Advisement for the certificate program is available from the English  Department.

The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in TESOL is designed for K-12 school personnel who wish to continue their professional development and enhance their knowledge and expertise in Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) but are seeking neither an M.A. nor state certification in TESOL.

The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in TESOL requires completion of 15 semester hours of graduate credit. While the courses taken for the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate cover areas required for K-12 certification in the State of Maryland, this certificate by itself does not lead to teacher certification nor does it lead toward an M.A. in English.


Applicants for the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in TESOL must follow the admission procedures for admission to graduate study at Salisbury University. In addition, the following materials must also be submitted or forwarded directly to the English Department Graduate Program Director, Salisbury University, 1101 Camden Avenue, Salisbury, MD 21801:

  • A letter of application for admission which includes a written description of reasons for pursuing the certificate and a statement of career goals within TESOL.

  • Two letters of recommendation.

Program Policies

  • All work toward the certificate must be completed within 7 calendar years from the end of the semester or summer term in which work began.

  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA or better.

  • No more than 3 credits of C or C+ are accepted for credit toward the PBC.

  • This is a non-degree program; it does not lead to ESOL Certification. The certificate courses cover areas currently listed under COMAR for a K-12 ESOL Certification in the State of Maryland. Additional courses may be needed in order to meet all certification requirements depending on a candidate’s academic background. Please consult your local school board or MSDE’s Certification Office if in need of additional information. Certification regulations may be changed by the State of Maryland.


This checklist is an unofficial tool for planning. Matriculated students and advisors should consult the Academic Requirements Report in GullNet before and after registering for classes each semester to track academic progress.

Program Requirements

Complete the Following Required Courses (4 Courses):

Complete 1 from the Following:

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