If you are a dedicated teacher wanting to improve your skills and increase student learning, consider Missouri Western State University’s Masters of Applied Science (M.A.S.) in Assessment degree as your next career move.

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Today, educational institutions from preschool to college are faced with the demands and challenges of high standards and accountability. Graduates of the M.A.S. in Assessment degree will learn how to meet these expectations while improving quality within their organizations.

And with Missouri Western’s focus on applied learning, our programs have been ranked Best in Real-World Training by Online Masters.

The TESOL option is designed to meet the needs of:

  • current and future educators, who want to effectively teach English in a wide variety of settings, including: PreK-12 diverse  classrooms, adult language programs, businesses, community colleges, and international schools
  • speech/language pathologists and school psychologists, who desire additional information to assist them to better distinguish language differences from language delay and language impairment
  • school administrators, who are interested in creating or improving English as a Second Language Programs in their school or district
  • current or future educational policy makers, who wish to enhance their understanding of the unique needs of the English language learner and the most up-to-date research in second language acquisition

There are 4 TESOL programs offered at the graduate level:

  1. Master’s degree in TESOL
  2. Master’s degree in TESOL, with endorsement to teach in K-12 schools
  3. Graduate certificate only
  4. Graduate certificate, with endorsement to teach in K-12 schools

The master’s degree program, with the TESOL option, is designed to be a 2-3 year program. A graduate student who remains continuously enrolled through fall, spring, and summer semesters should be able to successfully complete the program in 2-3 calendar years.

All TESOL courses are taught online. This flexibility allows courses to be completed from anywhere in the world.

Total Credits Required:

  • M.A.S. in Assessment, TESOL option: 33 credit hours
  • TESOL Graduate Certificate: 18 credits (TESOL courses only)

Capstone Project
This culminating course in the professional core sequence for the M.A.S. degree requires the graduate student to design, formally propose, implement, and prepare a scholarly write-up of an individual capstone project. LEARN MORE

Preparing you for a career

The need for knowledgeable and effective TESOL educators is growing both nationally and internationally. In addition to learning how to advocate for effective and responsive education for English language learners from diverse communities, the TESOL option will provide students with:

  • professional certification (for the State of Missouri and reciprocal licensure states) in TESOL education
  • a deep understanding of the challenges faced by English language learners
  • specific skills and knowledge needed to successfully teach English language learners
  • experience teaching and interacting with linguistically and culturally diverse communities
  • training in analytical and critical thinking methods
Wendy’s Story: How the TESOL program has made her a better educator to all of her students.

Program Name: TESOL – Graduate Certificate

This program is designed to be completed in 1 Year (18 Credit Hours).

This program will cost $7,823.22 if completed within normal time for in-state students and $12,935.22 for out-of-state students. There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs were accurate at the time of posting, but may have changed. 

Of the students who completed this program within normal time, the typical graduate leaves with NA of debt.  Fewer than 10 students completed this program within normal time. Average debt has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of these students.

The following States do not have licensure requirements for this profession: Missouri, Kansas, Iowa

For more information about graduation rates, loan repayment rates, and post-enrollment earnings about this institution and other postsecondary institutions please click here: https://collegescorecard.ed.gov/

Last Updated June 20, 2019

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Delivery: 100% online

Application Deadlines:

  • Spring 2023: Jan. 10, 2023
  • Summer 2023: May 23, 2023
  • Fall 2023: Aug. 21, 2023

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