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Undergraduate Minors in Education

The Department offers two exciting undergraduate minors for students interested in secondary education and teaching English as a second language (TESOL):

Minor in Secondary Education

The minor in secondary education provides an opportunity for non-Education majors to enroll in a sequence of education courses that will introduce them to the teaching profession. The 15-credit minor incorporates courses in student development, issues in American public education, the importance of reading across the curriculum, and pedagogical foundations in teaching the core subjects in today's high schools. Students in the following majors/subject areas are eligible to declare the minor in secondary education: Studio Art, English, Foreign Language (Chinese, French, German, Italian, Latin, Russian, and Spanish), Mathematics, Science (Agricultural Education, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, and Physics), and Social Studies (Geography, Government and Politics, and History). A minimum 2.5 GPA is also required to declare the minor in secondary education.

The following courses are required:

EDHD 413 - Adolescent Development (3 credits)
EDPS 210 or 301 - Historical & Philosophical Perspectives on Education (3 credits)
EDCI 463 - Reading in Secondary Schools (3 credits)
EDHD 426 - Cognition and Motivation in Reading (3 credits)
The introductory methods course for your subject area (3 credits):
EDCI 403 (Art)

EDCI 416 (English)

EDCI 410 (Foreign Language)

EDCI 457 (Math)

EDCI 411 (Science)

EDCI 426 (Social Studies)

All courses presented for the minor must be passed with a grade of "C" or better. A cumulative GPA of 2.5 is required for enrollment in the secondary education introductory methods course required for your subject area. No more than six of the required credits (two courses) may be taken at an institution other than the University of Maryland - College Park.

The minor may be declared prior to admission into one of our teacher certification programs; however, this minor does NOT satisfy ALL of the requirements for teacher certification. Students wishing to become certified to teach are recommended to apply to our undergraduate double-major teacher certification program or the five-year integrated Master's certification program. For more information about our secondary education certification programs, click here.

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Minor in Second Language Education/TESOL

The minor in Second Language Education/TESOL provides opportunities for undergraduate students to complete a sequence of courses that helps them prepare for careers as teachers of English to non-native English speakers in US schools and/or roles as teachers of English as a foreign language in international settings. The 18-credit minor provides a foundation in second language learning and pedagogy, adolescent learning, cross-cultural issues and understanding, and curricular and pedagogical issues which support reading and writing in a second language context. Some of these courses include field components that provide candidates with direct experience in working with second language learners.

The following courses are required:

EDHD 413 - Adolescent Development (3 credits)
EDCI 432 - Foundations of Second Language Education (3 credits)
EDCI 434 - Methods of Teaching English as a Second Language (3 credits)
EDCI 435 - Teaching ESOL Reading and Writing in Secondary Content Areas (3 credits)
EDCI 436 - Teaching for Cross-Cultural Communication (3 credits)
EDCI 437 - English Grammar and Linguistics for TESOL Teachers (3 credits)

All courses presented for the minor must be passed with a grade of "C" or better. A cumulative GPA of 2.5 is required for enrollment in the secondary education introductory methods course required for your subject area. No more than six of the required credits (two courses) may be taken at an institution other than the University of Maryland - College Park.

The minor incorporates coursework required for TESOL teacher certification from the Maryland State Department of Education; however, this minor does NOT satisfy ALL of the requirements for teacher certification. Undergraduate students wishing to become certified in TESOL are encouraged to apply to our five-year integrated Master's certification program in Second Language Education. For more information about this program, click here.

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How do I apply?

To declare a minor in Secondary Education or Second Language Education/TESOL, please visit the EDCI Teacher Education Advising Office during walk-in hours. You will need to officially declare the minor before you can receive permission to register for minor-specific courses. You must meet the GPA requirement and the declared major requirement (Secondary Education only) to officially declare your minor. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the TLP Teacher Education Advising Office at (301) 405-3120 or ed-advising@umd.edu.