TESOL: Online master’s degree
Master of education in learning, teaching and curriculum with an emphasis in teaching English to speakers of other languages (M Ed)
Delivery of this program is 100 percent online: no campus visits are required.
Successful completion of the program requires seven TESOL courses, two core courses and two electives.
The chart below shows when the courses are traditionally offered. Courses are 3 credit hours each, unless stated otherwise. The University reserves the right to change or cancel courses as needed.
TESOL courses (21 credit hours)
|LTC 8645 Second Language Acquisition1||X|
|LTC 8646 Materials for and Assessment of English Language Learners||X|
|LTC 8647 Language and Culture for Educators||X|
|LTC 8648 Linguistics for Educators1||X|
|LTC 8649 Methods of Teaching English Language Learners||X|
|LTC 8650 English to Speakers of Other Languages Practicum2|
Prerequisite: LTC 8649
|LTC 8654 ESOL Curriculum Development||X|
Core master's courses (6 credit hours)
|ESC_PS 7115 Human Learning||X||X||X|
|LTC 8915 Classroom Research|
Prerequisite: ESC_PS 7115
Electives (6 credit hours; choose two)
|LTC 8642 Teaching Writing and Reading in Content Areas||X|
|LTC 8643 Teaching ESL/EFL to Adult Learners||X|
|LTC 8644 Teaching English Grammar and Pronunciation||X|
|LTC 8651 Working with English Language Learners with Special Needs|
|LTC 8683 Celebrating Reading Through Good Books (Grades K-8)|
|LTC 8900 Seminar: Bilingual Education|
|IS_LT 9467 Technology to Enhance Learning||B||X||X|
|You may choose other electives in consultation with your adviser.|
1Begin your sequence of courses with LTC 8645 and/or LTC 8648.
2Upon completion of your core courses, you must complete a 16-week practicum, supervised online by a TESOL faculty member. If you currently teach English language learners, you may conduct the practicum in your own classroom. You cannot take LTC 8649 and LTC 8650 in the same semester.
Note X = full semester, A = 1st half of semester, B = 2nd half of semester
Prior to acceptance into the program, you may enroll as a post-baccalaureate (formerly nondegree-seeking) student in up to 9 credit hours. Enrollment does not guarantee acceptance. Learn more about nondegree-seeking university student admissions.
This program does not provide teacher certification nor any professional licensure. If you are seeking Missouri initial certification, please see the Missouri K-12 ESOL certification preparation page.
Other states: Please contact the certification agency for the state in which you are seeking initial teacher certification.
How to apply
Fulfill the admission requirements:
- Completed baccalaureate or advanced degree from a regionally accredited institution.
- Minimum GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate education.
- 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.
- Completed study of a second/foreign language.
- At least six months of teaching experience in a volunteer or professional capacity.
- 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.
Mark your calendar
Send in your application in time.
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Gather your papers
Applying will be easier and faster if you gather these required documents beforehand:
- 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.
- 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.
- GRE scores.
- Résumé or CV (optional).
- Two letters of recommendation. In the online application, you will need to supply names and contact details of two people 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.
- TOEFL or IELTS score reports for applicants whose native language is not English.
Complete the online application
Carefully follow the instructions on the application site.
- Upload the above documents in the online application
- Degree/Delivery: Masters– Distance (Online/Remote Site/etc).
- Academic Program: Learning, Teaching & Curriculum/Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages-TESOL-Distance (MEd)
- TOEFL or IELTS scores: Institution Code 6875 (if applicable)
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This program is administered by the Department of Learning, Teaching and Curriculum.