Teach English to speakers of other languages

Quick facts

  • Program type: Individual certification preparation courses
  • Academic home: College of Education | Department of Learning, Teaching and Curriculum
  • Delivery mode: 100 percent online
  • Credit hours: 24
  • Estimated program cost: $10,400.88*

*This cost is for illustrative purposes only. Your hours and costs will differ, depending on your transfer hours, course choices at Mizzou and your academic progress. See more about tuition and financial aid.

How online Missouri K-12 certification preparation can help you

This online program is designed to meet the needs of practicing teachers who already have initial teacher certification and are seeking ESOL Certification in the state of Missouri. While other states in the U.S. may accept these courses towards ESOL certification, applicants should inquire with their state educational accrediting entity to confirm that TESOL courses from MU will meet their local requirements.

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

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

Be a part of this award-winning program

Choose Mizzou and you'll learn alongside the industry’s best. Our faculty have been recognized multiple times by TESOL International, the largest professional organization for teachers of English as a second or foreign language. The ESOL certification preparation program is the recipient of the 2018 UPCEA Central Region Outstanding Noncredit Program Award, as well as the national 2019 UPCEA Outstanding Noncredit Program Award.

Career prospects for K-12 ESOL certification preparation graduates

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Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Middle School Teachers

Program structure and topics

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

Courses are semester-based. Most students study part time, taking two classes per semester, and complete the course work in just two years, depending on previous course work taken or a DESE transcript review.

Course work covers

  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Language and Culture for Educators
  • Second Language Assessment
  • Methods for Teaching English Language Learners
  • Developing ESOL Curriculum
  • Linguistics for Educators
  • ESOL Practicum

Compare TESOL options

The University of Missouri offers three online TESOL programs. All programs are 100 percent online. Compare them today and see which one is right for you.

Ask us about this program

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