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

This degree 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, assessments, and curricula to facilitate language learning 

Missouri K-12 ESOL Certification PreparationMizzou offers three online TESOL options. One of those options is the take 21 credit hours to prepare for the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) K-12 ESOL certification process. Certified teachers can add this certification on to their official records. If you do not want to also work toward the 18-credit-hour graduate certificate or the M Ed options, you wold take these classes as a nondegree student.

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. Application to this program does require you to submit GRE scores. Most of our successful applicants reach at least 295 (verbal and quantitative combined) with a minimum of 150 on the verbal test. If you have not taken the exam in the past five years, now is the time to do so.
  4. Completed study of a second/foreign language.
  5. At least six months of teaching experience in a volunteer or professional capacity.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. A personal data sheet and statement of purpose describing your professional goals, including career objectives, your motivation for graduate work, your experience learning a second language and other pertinent information.
  9. A résumé or CV (optional).
  10. 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


  • *TESOL courses (21 credit hours)
  • LTC 8646Materials for and Assessment of English Language Learners3 Credits

    This course will examine the appropriate classroom materials, methods, reasons, and tools for the formal and informal assessment of English 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 8647Language and Culture for Educators3 Credits

    This course will examine how to prepare educators to effectively educate students from a range of linguistic and cultural backgrounds by developing a broad understanding of the definition and nature of culture and appropriate teaching strategies and materials for diverse students. Graded on A-F basis only.

  • 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 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.

  • 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 8654ESOL Curriculum Development3 Credits

    This course prepares teachers to design a language learning curriculum for students who are learning English as a second or foreign language.

  • *Core master's courses (6 credit hours)
  • ESC_PS 7115Human Learning3 Credits

    An introduction to the basic principles of learning. Focus is on principles of learning which have the greatest utility for professional educators. This course provides a foundation for more advanced courses in human learning. Graded on A-F basis only. Prerequisites: ESC_PS 4100 or ESC_PS 7100.

  • LTC 8915Classroom Research3 Credits

    Investigates aspects of human development that affect classroom learning. Topics include parenting style, divorce, friendship, mental health, attachment, play aggression, culture, and media. Graded on A-F basis only.

  • *Electives (6 credit hours; choose two)
  • IS_LT 9467Technology to Enhance Learning3 Credits
  • LTC 8642Teaching Writing and Reading in Content Areas3 Credits
  • LTC 8643Teaching ESL/EFL to Adult Learners3 Credits
  • LTC 8644Teaching English Grammar and Pronunciation3 Credits
  • LTC 8651Working with English Language Learners with Special Needs3 Credits
  • LTC 8683Celebrating Reading Through Good Books (Grades K-8)3 Credits
  • LTC 8900Seminar: Bilingual Education3 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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