Master of Applied Science in Assessment

TESOL Option

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Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Option

The purpose of these courses is to help prepare classroom teachers for the challenges of the diverse classroom setting. Topics include ELL methods, teaching strategies, and learning strategies to help English language learners (ELLs) in listening, speaking, reading and writing skills though the content areas.

Other areas of study include assessment techniques to ensure that students are meeting the AYP requirements of No Child Left Behind. Acquisition of a second language will be discussed for a better understanding of what is required of our ELL students in order to complete the basic tasks required in the classroom.

Materials will be presented that will increase the comprehension of ELL students while allowing the classroom teacher to address the learning styles of all students.

The endorsement to teach English to Speakers of Other Languages consists of 21 hours of coursework in addition to certification in another area. All courses offered in this program meet the requirements for certification.

TESOL courses solely taken online. TESOL classes are open to degree-seeking students and non-degree-seeking students.

Benefits of taking on-line classes:

  • The primary benefit of an on-line program is the ability to complete coursework and requirements anywhere in the world and on a more flexible schedule than an in-person class.
  • Another benefit is that in lieu of sitting in a class, your time is spent engaging with English language learners, directly applying the skills and knowledge you learn in the class and from your readings.
  • Students still engage in discussions and debates with each other and the instructor, seeking feedback and providing feedback, just in an on-line format.  All content and requirements are as rigorous as found in an in-person program.
  • Students who are self-motivated and like hands-on application of knowledge will especially benefit from this program.

How to apply:


Complete an online application for admission to the graduate school.

Admission to the program requires meeting all qualifications for acceptance to the Missouri Western Graduate School, successful completion of a baccalaureate degree in education or a related field, and a minimum GPA of a 2.75. The GRE is not required.

Note: You may apply to this program with or without having a teaching license.

Applications for new graduate cohorts are accepted until approximately 1-2 months before the beginning of the next semester, see this link for specific deadlines:

Please note that the majority of new students start in the summer semester.  If you intend to start in a different semester, we encourage you to contact the Education Graduate Program first.


Note: Now accepting applications for a graduate assistantship for 2015-2016 school year. Please e-mail your resume and letter of interest to or call 816-271-4449 for questions.


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Department of Education webpage:

TESOL: Courses

The TESOL option for the Masters of Applied Science in Assessment (MAS) prepares individuals to teach, support and otherwise assist English Language learners or those for whom English is not their native language. It is designed for teachers of all levels and all disciplines. It also serves professionals who work with organizations whose mission includes assessing and improving English skills among non-native speakers.  An MAS degree in TESOL may be completed with or without State of Missouri  teaching certification.

Policy Decisions and the Data that Drive Them (3)
Research Approaches in Assessment (3)
Literature Review and Case Study Analysis (3)
Data Informed Analysis and Decisions (3)
Improving Outcomes: Documenting the Process and Results (3)
Required Courses
Methods of Teaching Second Language Students (3 credits)
Second Language Acquisition (3 credits)
Materials and Assessment for TESOL (3 credits)
Research in ELL (3 credits)
Language and Culture (3 credits)
ESOL Practicum (3 credits)

Core Courses: 15 credits TESOL Option: 18 credits TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED MASTER’S: 33 credit hours

Linguistics (3 credits) [ENG 232 Language Awareness (counts as Linguistics course credit) OR any Linguistics classes successfully completed previously]
Psychology and Education of the Exceptional Child (2 credits) [EDU 315 or an equivalent course]
Secondary Reading Techniques (2 credits) [EDU 311 or an equivalent course]