• Course Delivery
    100% Online
  • Total Credits
    18
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
    $476.50
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit
    $1169.70
The Graduate Certificate in TESOL is a linguistically and culturally responsive teacher education program to help current and future teachers to be more effective to make academic content more comprehensive for English language learners (ELLs) who reside either in the United States or other countries.The 18-credit TESOL program consists of 6 TESOL courses and is approved by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) as requirements for the ESOL teaching endorsement to the graduate and undergraduate students who have the Missouri P-12 primary teaching certificates. The TESOL program can be a focus area for the Masters in Education (MEd) and the PhD degree programs as well as an undergraduate minor at UMSL. You may also pursue the TESOL Graduate Certificate independent of other graduate study by applying as a non-degree student through the UMSL Graduate School.

Admissions & Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A bachelor's degree

  2. 2.8 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale
  3. 2 letters of recommendation

  4. Official transcripts from all previous schools
NOTE: Individuals residing in MA or CA are not able to enroll in this program.

Courses

Core
  • TCH ED 6210Foundations Of Teaching English To Speakers Of Other Languages3 Credits

    This course is an introduction to the historical, legal and pedagogical frameworks relating to Teaching English to speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and bilingualism. Students explore current issues, trends and influential factors in second language acquisition (SLA) instructional and assessment models.

  • TCH ED 6220Principles Of Second/Foreign Language Acquisition3 Credits

    This course is a research-based study of language acquisition and the factors which influence learning. Students investigate first and second language acquisition processes including socio-cultural and cognitive factors, as well as linguistic research about second language acquisition (SLA). The course analyzes phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics and discourse, within a communicative framework, which directly relates to instructional strategies.

  • TCH ED 6230Cross-Cultural Communication In The Classroom3 Credits

    Students explore the impact of culture and society on verbal and non-verbal communication, learning styles, and second language acquisition. The course introduces concepts relating to the acculturation process, cross-cultural and intra-cultural communication. Within this theoretical context, students recognize their own socio-cultural identity and its impact on teaching models. Students develop strategies to enhance home, school and community relations.

  • TCH ED 6240Assessment for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages3 Credits

    By exploring the role of assessment in culturally and linguistically diverse classrooms, this course provides an overview of identifying and placing students at the district and school level. Formal and informal models of assessment are examined as students reflect on the administration and interpretation of equitable measurement strategies and how assessment can inform instruction.

  • TCH ED 6250Methods and Materials for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages3 Credits

    Students integrate knowledge of second language acquisition research in instructional methodologies, linguistics, assessment models, and awareness of socio-cultural dynamics, in order to design and critique a unit plan including materials and needed technology support.

  • TCH ED 6260Practicum in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages3 Credits

    Students observe and reflect on actual classroom practices, complete a student's needs analysis and placement test, and implement a unit plan in the classroom with reflection. This is a supervised field experience.

Tuition & Fees

Missouri Resident Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $476.50
  • Fees: $90.90
  • Total: $567.40
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1429.50
  • Fees: $272.70
  • Total: $1702.20
Missouri Non-Resident Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $1169.70
  • Fees: $90.90
  • Total: $1260.60
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $3509.10
  • Fees: $272.70
  • Total: $3781.80
Missouri Midwest Exchange Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $714.75
  • Fees: $90.90
  • Total: $805.65
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $2144.25
  • Fees: $272.70
  • Total: $2416.95
Metro Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $476.50
  • Fees: $90.90
  • Total: $567.40
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1429.50
  • Fees: $272.70
  • Total: $1702.20
Tuition rates are subject to change.

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