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Missouri K-12 ESOL certification preparation

This online program was designed to meet the needs of practicing teachers who already have initial teacher certification and are seeking Missouri certification in ESOL.

The TESOL courses in this program encompass all competencies required by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) for Missouri K-12 ESOL certification.

Check the DESE educator certification web page and the compendium of Missouri certification requirements for details.


Delivery of this program is 100 percent online: no campus visits are required.

Certification requires successful completion of 21 credit hours of TESOL courses included in the online TESOL master’s program plus at least 3 credit hours from the courses listed below.

Note ESOL certification in Missouri requires LTC 8642 and SPC_ED 7300 or equivalent course work. If you did not complete these requirements as an undergraduate, you must do so at the graduate level.

The chart below shows when the courses are traditionally offered. Courses are 3 credit hours each, unless indicated otherwise. The University reserves the right to change or cancel courses as needed.

Fall Spring Summer
F Sp Su
LTC 8642 Teaching Writing and Reading in Content Areas X  
LTC 8644 Teaching English Grammar and Pronunciation X  
LTC 8683 Seminar: Celebrating Reading Through Good Books (K-8) X
LTC 8900 Seminar: Seminar in Bilingual Education
IS_LT 9467 Technology to Enhance Learning X X X
SPC_ED 7300 Introduction to Special Education X X X

How to enroll

If you are seeking ESOL certification through DESE, you may take MU courses individually as a post-baccalaureate (formerly nondegree-seeking) student without applying to the TESOL master's program.

Important If you take individual courses as a post-baccalaureate and plan to apply course credit toward the M Ed program, you must be accepted into the degree program before you finish 9 credit hours of course work.

Apply to enroll as a post-baccalaureate student

Tuition and financial aid

As a distance learner in a University of Missouri graduate program, you qualify for in-state tuition rates, regardless of where you live.

credit hours
tuition + fees per credit hour
estimated program cost

This estimate is for illustrative purposes only and is based on academic year 2018 information. It includes:

  • Missouri resident graduate tuition of $360 per credit hour, plus
  • College of Education graduate course fee of $43 per credit hour, plus
  • Information technology fee of $13.49 per credit hour.

It does not include your application fee, textbooks or course materials. Additional fees may apply.

Ask us about this program

This program is administered by the Department of Learning, Teaching and Curriculum.