Adult Education Program @ UMD

picture of juan“The ESOL classes have helped me tremendously to better communicate with my supervisor and to understand more clearly our monthly Safety Meetings.”
— Joel Calix, Painter Facilities Management 
The University of Maryland is committed to fostering a learning community for our staff, faculty, and students.  The office of Learning & Talent Development, University Human Resources (UHR), aids the larger university in meeting this commitment by providing campus-wide learning and development opportunities for UMD employees. We contribute to our positive work culture of community, inclusion, support and celebration of diversity.

Through the following courses and campus partnerships, our Adult  Education program offers resources to improve and enhance work functionality, recognition, and performance.

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

ESOL classes are designed to teach language skills to support our non-native English speaking UMD employees in fully understanding and following work-related tasks, guidelines, and procedures. Additionally, they encourage communication and connection with the larger campus community.  Currently, we offer a sequential semester-based program with 36 hours of instruction per semester and a non-sequential summer ESOL course that supports language retention.

ESOL Placement Test: Interested employees must take a placement test prior to registering for classes. This assessment will determine placement in one of the ESOL levels being offered. ESOL placement testing is being held on Thursday, July 23rd and Friday, July 24th, 2015. Please go to: or call (301) 405-5651 / (301) 405-1248 (Spanish or English) for more information.

The Adult Education program has a Service-Learning Partnership with the College of Arts and Humanities – School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at the University of Maryland, to work collaboratively on a project with Dr. Ana Patricia Rodriguez’s undergraduate course Spanish 408L Latina/o Communities and (Language) Struggles. Students serve as classroom and materials development assistants. Our collaboration is a demonstration of UMD’s community partnerships across our campus.

Computer Connections

The Computer Connections course provides employees with introductory computer skills to increase their connections to online campus resources and job development opportunities. Employees learn how to navigate the internet to access information related to payroll, leave, and benefits.  They learn how to use Outlook email to communicate with colleagues, within and across, departments, and how to create and print simple work related documents in Microsoft Word.  We review eTerp to search and apply for new positions, and also provide demonstrations on how to access and other internal/external eLearning resources.

Our pre-test is used to determine computer literacy level, and is required for any UMD employee who would like to take this course.

Computer Connections Pre-Test (NEW!): Interested participants must take a pre-test in order to register for classes. The next pre-test is scheduled for Monday, July 27th, 1-3pm, 1101U Chesapeake Building.  Call (301) 405-5651 / (301) 405-1248 (Spanish or English) for more information.


The Pre-GED/GED courses provides UMD employees with instruction in language arts, social studies, science, and mathematics.  The Pre-GED course is designed to help students develop their basic skills in preparation for the GED-level course. Learners are assessed using the state-mandated Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System (CASAS) which measures life application competencies and math and reading skills. The General Education Development (GED) course prepares adult learners for the GED exam needed to earn the Maryland State High School Diploma.

Pre-GED/GED Placement Test: Interested participants must take a placement test prior to be registered for classes. This assessment test will determine placement in either Pre-GED or GED. Dates for test will be in late July. Call (301) 405-5651 / (301) 405-1248 (Spanish or English) for more information.


Last updated: March 16, 2017

Last updated: March 16, 2017