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Missouri K-12 ESOL certification preparation

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 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.

Professional Courses
Fall Spring Summer
F Sp Su
LTC 8642 Teaching Writing and Reading in Content Areas X  
SPC_ED 7300 Introduction to Special Education X X X
ESOL K-12 certification core courses
Fall Spring Summer
F Sp Su
LTC 8645 Second Language Acquisition X X
LTC 8646 Materials for & Assessment of ELLs X
LTC 8647 Language and Culture for Educators X
LTC 8648 Linguistics for Educators X X
LTC 8649 Methods of Teaching English Language Learners X
LTC 8650 ESOL Practicum X
LTC 8900 ESOL Curriculum Development 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.