Missouri K-12 Teaching English to speakers of other languages

Certification preparation University of Missouri-Columbia
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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 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.

Quick facts

Official name

Missouri K-12 teaching English to speakers of other languages certification preparation


University of Missouri-Columbia

Program type

Certification preparation

Academic home

College of Education & Human Development | Department of Learning, Teaching and Curriculum

Delivery mode

100% online

Credit hours


Estimated cost


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

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Program structure

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 includes

  • 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


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Learn more about this program

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