Teach English to speakers of other languages


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 Acquisition1X X
LTC 8646 Materials for and Assessment of English Language Learners X 
LTC 8647 Language and Culture for EducatorsX  
LTC 8648 Linguistics for Educators1 XX
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 LearningXXX
LTC 8915 Classroom Research
Prerequisite: ESC_PS 7115

Electives (6 credit hours; choose two)

LTC 8642 Teaching Writing and Reading in Content AreasX  
LTC 8643 Teaching ESL/EFL to Adult LearnersX  
LTC 8644 Teaching English Grammar and PronunciationX  
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 LearningBXX
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

Post-baccalaureate enrollment

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.


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.

State authorization

States require that the University of Missouri be authorized to deliver university-level distance/online education to their residents. Each state handles this process differently.

Please see our state authorization page.

How to apply

  1. 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.
  2. Mark your calendar

  3. Send in your application in time.

    Application dates

    To start classes in Apply by Classes begin
    Fall May 1 August
    Spring Oct. 1 January
    Summer March 1 June
  4. Gather your papers

  5. 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 one academic reference and one professional reference 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.
  6. Complete the online application

  7. 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.