Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) requires specialized skills in English language development. ESL teachers can help students develop the necessary skills and comfort level to participate in classroom learning and connect with people in their communities. The University of Central Missouri’s Master of Science in Education in English Language Learners, K–12 option, equips you with the training and cultural awareness needed to serve this population.
As part of the Master of Science in Education in English Language Learners, K–12 coursework, you’ll also get to apply your new ESOL skills in for-credit, real-world teaching scenarios at local schools.
Missouri ELL certification
UCM’s English Language Learners master’s program curriculum can help you qualify for the Missouri ELL certification endorsement. This professional teaching certification increases your employment opportunities and boosts your earning potential.
Internationally recognized faculty
Five semesters, including 1 summer term
Hands-on clinical field experiences
Coursework in ESL embedded in the MSE
Competitive MSE in ELL tuition rates
Graduate students in UCM’s MSE in ELL – K–12 option build upon their existing teaching skills to better serve a growing population of students who want to learn English as an additional language. You’ll learn how to use language acquisition concepts and theories to develop effective classroom materials and support ELL students’ speaking, listening, reading and writing skills.
This master’s degree will prepare you for a career working with students from a broad range of cultural and linguistic backgrounds in K–12 classrooms in the United States. To ensure you’re on track, you’ll also receive one-on-one advising with program faculty and prepare for a career in the classroom and other teaching environments. You may take classes such as:
UCM prepares you with the best English language development strategies so you can enter new teaching environments with confidence. Students in the MSE in ELL, K–12 option, acquire skills and knowledge through a variety of hands-on clinical experiences and guided lesson planning:
UCM’s Education master’s degree in English Language Learners prepares you for exciting and rewarding roles inside and outside of academia. You could qualify for a variety of ESOL positions and pursue careers in schools in Missouri and across the nation. Current ESL teachers in Missouri who earn the ELL certification endorsement increase their employment opportunities and may garner higher salaries.
Beyond teaching positions, UCM’s MSE in ELL program graduates qualify for positions such as:
Graduates are also equipped to manage a variety of community-based organizations and English language development programs for school-age students.
Careers for Education graduates in English Language Learning
Use the interactive tool below to learn more about careers for graduates with a K–12 ELL certification and master’s degree, including salaries, job outlooks and more.
A master’s degree in Education from UCM is an investment in your future. UCM is recognized by LendEDU for our low student debt rates. The average UCM student takes out less money in student loans than both the national and state averages.
We offer a variety of ways for our MSE in ELL graduate students to finance their education. For example, you may qualify for general university scholarships for UCM graduate students. Plus, there may be scholarship opportunities offered by the College of Education. Learn more about program-specific opportunities with the UCM Scholarship Finder.
Explore programs related to English language development.
To be accepted into the Master of Science in Education in English Language Learners (ELL) Education degree program, K-12 Option, in the School of Teaching and Learning , a student must:
Applicants who do not meet this criteria must design, with a department advisor or graduate coordinator, a conditional program (including the program’s research course). International applicants should meet these requirements in comparable ways. International students must meet minimum English language requirements as determined by UCM.
Students interested in the Missouri ELL certification endorsement are advised to consult with their advisor, the Program Coordinator, and the UCM director of Clinical Services and Certification. Additional courses may be required for the Missouri ELL certification endorsement, dependent on transcript analysis of undergraduate and graduate work.
To be accepted into the MSE in ELL, TESL Option, you must:
For acceptance into this program, non-native speakers of English must score above 85 on the International Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or earn a score of 7.0 or above on the academic version of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
After you are accepted into the MSE in ELL degree program, you will be assigned a graduate advisor who will assist you developing a Program of Study and selecting courses to help you finish your program in a way that best meets your needs.