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English Language Learners, MSE - K–12 Option

Master of Science in Education in English Language Learners, K–12

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.

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Nabat Erdogan
MSE in ELL Program Coordinator
MSE in ELL K–12 Option Coordinator
Assistant Professor
Lovinger 2135
Tel: 660-543-4230

College of Education

Department of Early, Elementary, Middle and Physical Education

English Language Learners

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Internationally recognized faculty

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Five semesters, including 1 summer term

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Hands-on clinical field experiences

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Coursework in ESL embedded in the MSE

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Competitive MSE in ELL tuition rates

What you will study

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:

  • Reading Interventions for English Language Learners: Develop effective intervention skills to help students learn the English language and build their reading ability based on important factors such as age, previous education, L1 literacy skills and cultural background.
  • Ethnographic Research: Examine ethnographic research methods to better understand the unique cultural and linguistic needs of new ELL students in grades K–12.
  • Working With Immigrant and Displaced Students: Use the latest English language development practices to remedy specific challenges ESL teachers face with refugee and immigrant students.


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Unique learning opportunities in K–12 ELL education

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:

  • Develop ELL lesson plans: With faculty guidance, learn how to develop real-world English language lessons using the latest research and best practices.
  • Observe ESOL in action: Observe and evaluate other ESL teachers for additional exposure to English language development strategies and skills.
  • Participate in a clinical field experience: Put your lesson plans into action with ELLs. A UCM faculty member will observe you and provide personalized feedback to help you hone your ESOL skills.


What can you do with a master’s in Education for K–12 English Language Learners from UCM?

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:

  • English Language Development (ELD) curriculum coordinator
  • ELD program director
  • Instructional coach
  • English Language Proficiency assessment developer

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.




Financial assistance options for Education graduate students in K–12 English Language Learning

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.




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Explore programs related to English language development.

If you are or want to be an ELL teacher, you may also be interested in the following graduate programs also offered at UCM: 


Admission Requirement, K-12 Option

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:

  1. have a minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 2.75
  2. submit proof of teacher certification or professional endorsement for any of the 50 states or territories and have graduated from a CAEP or regionally accredited university
  3. submit a copy of his/her last summative teaching evaluation (i.e., a PBTE or similar evaluation form) or a letter from a school superintendent, principal, or professor attesting to teaching skills and/or graduate studies potential.

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.


Connection to Certification

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.


TESL Option

To be accepted into the MSE in ELL, TESL Option, you must:

  1. Have a minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 2.75. If you do not meet these criteria, you must design, with a program advisor or graduate coordinator, a conditional program (including the program’s research course) with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.50. International applicants should meet these requirements in comparable ways.
  2. Show grammar competency by the time of graduation. This can be done by having completed a prior approved grammar course, passing a test, or enrolling in English 5110.

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.


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