TESOL Education

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The University of Missouri’s Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) program is designed to meet the challenges of a diverse student body in a variety of education settings. Given the use of English as a global lingua franca, learning the unique methodology and theories associated with second language teaching is crucial to effectively meeting the challenges of a multilingual global society.

The TESOL program at MU can meet the needs of teachers seeking ESOL certification in the state of Missouri, those seeking advanced education in ESL/EFL teaching and learning, as well as those who seek further education in TESOL. Currently, many of our students begin the ESOL certification courses but find the topic so intriguing that they go on to pursue advanced education in the field (all TESOL courses taken at the graduate level are fully transferable to the M.Ed. degree).

The student body in the TESOL program at MU is incredibly diverse with students from a variety of ethnicities, cultures, and linguistic and educational backgrounds. We welcome traditional and nontraditional students as the program is designed to meet the needs of a variety of learners in a variety of academic settings.

The TESOL program at MU is informed by the second language acquisition theories and pedagogy unique to students who speak English in addition to their native language(s). The courses in the TESOL program are taught by faculty with expertise and knowledge in the field of English language learning including applied linguistics, sociolinguistics, intercultural communication, and English language education. By focusing on the interplay of theory and methods, as well as the cultural and linguistic diversity of English Language Learners, this program focuses on developing effective, responsive scholars and practitioners who use theory and research to enhance their work in a global, diverse, and technological society.

Missouri ESOL Certification

This 21-hour graduate non-degree program is a certification program that is designed for licensed Missouri educators who wish to obtain an add-on certificate in ESOL. The University of Missouri has been approved by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) to offer courses that lead to certification in the state of Missouri. ESOL certification can be pursued either through the on-campus program or the online program.

Degree Details 

Master of Education Degree (MEd) in LTC, with a departmental focus in TESOL AND Missouri ESOL Certification

This option is intended for licensed Missouri teachers wishing to obtain Missouri ESOL certification as part of a graduate degree program. This degree can be pursued either through the on-campus program or the online program through Mizzou Online.

Master of Education Degree (MEd) in LTC, with a departmental focus in TESOL

This option is intended for those who are currently teaching or who are interested in teaching ESL or EFL in a variety of education settings. Please note that this option does not confer a license to teach in U.S. public schools. This degree can be pursued either through the on-campus program or the online program through Mizzou Online.

Education Specialist Degree (EdS) in LTC, with a departmental focus in TESOL

This degree program is intended for those who have completed a master’s degree from an appropriate academic area and seek further education in the field of teaching English Language Learners. (Emphasis is General.)