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Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

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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.

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.

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.
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Assessment, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) (Master of Applied Science, M.A.S.)

For Students Seeking the Master’s Degree Only, but not State of Missouri Licensure

A minimum of 33 credit hours is required.

Professional Core
EDU 611Research Development and Literature Analysis3
EDU 678 & EDU 679 Master Educator Experience I & Master Educator Experience II6
OR
Capstone (in lieu of EDU 678 & EDU 679)
Concentration Requirements
TSL 559Policy, Curriculum and Instruction for ELLs3
TSL 560Methods of Teaching ELLs3
TSL 561Second Language Acquisition3
TSL 562Materials and Assessments for ELLs3
TSL 632Introduction to Linguistics3
TSL 664Language and Culture3
Approved graduate-level elective course(s)6
Total Credit Hours33

Graduation Requirements

  1. Filing an approved Application for Graduation.
  2. Satisfactory completion of all required coursework as listed on the approved Program of Study.
  3. Earn a minimum overall GPA of 3.0, with no more than 6 credit hours of C in all required coursework.
  4. Official approval of required Master Educator Experience (or capstone).

For students Seeking the Master’s Degree and State of Missouri Licensure

Professional Core
EDU 611Research Development and Literature Analysis3
EDU 678 & EDU 679 Master Educator Experience I and Master Educator Experience II6
OR
Capstone (in lieu of EDU 678 & EDU 679)
Concentration Requirements
TSL 559Policy, Curriculum and Instruction for ELLs3
TSL 560Methods of Teaching ELLs3
TSL 561Second Language Acquisition3
TSL 562Materials and Assessments for ELLs3
TSL 632Introduction to Linguistics3
TSL 664Language and Culture3
TSL 665Practicum in ELL: Elementary 12
TSL 667Practicum in ELL: Secondary 12
Approved graduate-level elective course3
Total Credit Hours34

Graduation Requirements

  1. Filing an approved Application for Graduation.
  2. Satisfactory completion of all required coursework as listed on the approved Program of Study.
  3. Earn a minimum overall GPA of 3.0, with no more than 6 credit hours of C in all required coursework.
  4. Official approval of required Master Educator Experience (or capstone).

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) (Graduate Certificate)

For Students Seeking the Graduate Certificate Only, but not State of Missouri Licensure

Certificate Requirements
TSL 559Policy, Curriculum and Instruction for ELLs3
TSL 560Methods of Teaching ELLs3
TSL 561Second Language Acquisition3
TSL 562Materials and Assessments for ELLs3
TSL 632Introduction to Linguistics3
TSL 664Language and Culture3
Total Credit Hours18

Graduation Requirements

  1. Filing an approved Application for Graduation.
  2. Satisfactory completion of all required coursework as listed on the approved Program of Study.
  3. Earn a minimum overall GPA of 3.0, with no more than 6 credit hours of C in all required coursework.

For Students Seeking the Graduate Certificate and State of Missouri Licensure

Certificate Requirements
TSL 559Policy, Curriculum and Instruction for ELLs3
TSL 560Methods of Teaching ELLs3
TSL 561Second Language Acquisition3
TSL 562Materials and Assessments for ELLs3
TSL 632Introduction to Linguistics3
TSL 664Language and Culture3
TSL 665Practicum in ELL: Elementary 12
TSL 667Practicum in ELL: Secondary 12
Total Credit Hours22

Graduation Requirements

  1. Filing an approved Application for Graduation.
  2. Satisfactory completion of all required coursework as listed on the approved Program of Study.
  3. Earn a minimum overall GPA of 3.0, with no more than 6 credit hours of C in all required coursework.

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  • Summer: April 29
  • Fall: July 15
  • Spring: November 1

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