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The online TESOL programs at the University of Missouri help prepare educators like you to meet the needs of multicultural and multilingual learners, both children and adults, in a wide range of educational settings in the United States and abroad.

The online TESOL programs at MU are designed for:


Online TESOL programs at MU
Choose your online program from the College of Education

Online TESOL master’s degree

33 credit hours. If you are currently teaching or are interested in teaching English as a second/foreign language (ESL/EFL) in a variety of educational settings, the online M Ed in TESOL is for you. GRE scores required.

Online TESOL graduate certificate

18 credit hours. This option is designed for applicants who already hold a master's degree. Upon completion of the certificate, you will be prepared to teach English as a Second Language (ESL) to adults in the United States or to teach English as a Foreign language (EFL) abroad. GRE scores not required.

Online K-12 ESOL certification preparation (Missouri)

21 credit hours. Designed for licensed Missouri educators who wish to obtain an add-on certificate in ESOL. The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has approved MU to offer courses that lead to certification in the state of Missouri. GRE scores not required for post-baccalaureate (nondegree-seeking) students.


Online graduate students at MU pay in-state tuition regardless of where they live. We also offer 10-percent tuition reduction awards for veterans, active duty service members, Reservists, National Guardsmen, and military spouses and dependents who want to study online.


TESOL programs at MU are 100 percent online: no campus visits are required. Take the courses when you choose, as suits your busy schedule. Most students study part time, taking two classes per semester, and complete their course work in two years or less.


The University of Missouri is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States. The College of Education is a member of the Teacher Education Accreditation Council. Mizzou’s online graduate education programs are ranked among the best by U.S. News & World Report.

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Online TESOL degrees, certificates and courses at MU are administered by the Department of Learning, Teaching and Curriculum.