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A graduate certificate in TESOL from MU can help you advance your teaching career in contexts where English is taught as a second or foreign language. If want to help non-native speakers tap the possibilities offered by the English language, this may be the program for you. 

This certificate has potential benefits for:

  • English language instructors 
  • Language program administrators 
  • Language testers 
  • Writers for educational materials 

Course work covers:

  • Structure of the English language 
  • How languages are used and learned 
  • Design and implementation of tasks to facilitate language learning 

Note: This program does not confer K12 ESOL certification in any U.S. state. If you are interested in pursuing Missouri K-12 ESOL certification, you can do that through Mizzou as well in our online program designed to get you the credits you need to become certified in Missouri.

Admissions & Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. Completed baccalaureate or advanced degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  2. Minimum GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate education.
  3. Completed study of a second/foreign language.
  4. If English is not your native language, please submit a TOEFL score of at least 80 (internet-based test) or an IELTS score of at least 6.5.
  5. Transcripts of all previous college or university education. Upload unofficial transcripts in your online application. If you are accepted, you will be asked to provide official transcripts.
  6. A statement of purpose describing why you wish to pursue a TESOL graduate certificate, your volunteer and leadership experiences, a short biographical statement and any other information you feel might support your application. Also describe any past experience learning languages or living in other countries.
  7. Two letters of recommendation. In the online application, you will need to supply names and contact details of one academic reference and one professional reference who can attest to your professional competence, academic preparation and potential for graduate work. If your GPA is below 3.0 or you are an international student (have an international transcript), three letters are required. Graduate Studies will contact your references with instructions regarding the letters.
NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states, U.S. territories and the District of Columbia.

Application Deadlines

May 1
October 1
March 1


  • *Required core courses (15 credit hours)
  • LTC 8645Second Language Acquisition3 Credits

    This course examines theories of how humans develop first and second languages in childhood and adulthood and how this knowledge can be used to educate language learners. Graded on A-F basis only.

  • LTC 8648Linguistics for Educators3 Credits

    This course focuses on the form, meaning, and use of language in context and applying knowledge of linguistics to the teaching of English language learners. Graded on A-F basis only.

  • LTC 8649Methods of Teaching English Language Learners3 Credits

    This course will examine how to prepare teachers to develop the investigative, decision-making, and reflective teaching skills needed to work with English Language Learners. Graded on A-F basis only.

  • LTC 8644Teaching English Grammar and Pronunciation3 Credits

    This course develops teachers' knowledge of the structure of the English language (its grammar and its sound system) and provides them with pedagogical skills in teaching grammar and pronunciation to second/foreign language learners. Graded on A-F basis only. Prerequisites: LTC 8645 and LTC 8648

  • LTC 8650English to Speakers of Other Languages Practicum3 Credits

    This culminating course will allow students to apply the theory and practice of teaching English to non-native speakers in an educational setting. Graded on A-F basis only.

  • *Electives (3 credit hours; choose one)
  • LTC 8647Language and Culture for Educators3 Credits
  • LTC 8646Materials for and Assessment of English Language Learners3 Credits
  • LTC 8654 ESOL Curriculum Development3 Credits
  • LTC 8643 Teaching ESL/EFL to Adult Learners3 Credits

Tuition & Fees

Missouri Resident Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $367.60
  • Fees: $65.77
  • Total: $433.37
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1102.80
  • Fees: $197.31
  • Total: $1300.11
Missouri Non-Resident Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $367.60
  • Fees: $65.77
  • Total: $433.37
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1102.80
  • Fees: $197.31
  • Total: $1300.11
Tuition rates are subject to change.

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