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English Language Learners MSE - TESL Option

The MSE in English Language Learners (ELL) is designed to develop the candidate’s understandings of the process of additional language acquisition as well as the unique needs of educators working with or planning a career working with culturally and linguistically diverse students. Each candidate must fulfill a practicum.

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Program Options

The MSE in ELL has two options available. The first option is focused on preparing K-12 teachers for working with ELL students. The second option is designed for those wishing to teach English abroad or ELL at the college level.

A graduate with a Master of Science in Education degree in English Language Learners (ELL) will use the knowledge and skills obtained in the program to achieve the following professional skills:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of current conceptual and theoretical trends, issues and concerns in the fields of TESOL and Applied Linguistics including an understanding of the English language as a system and how additional languages are acquired.
  • Demonstrate an ability to identify and present effective classroom applications of language concepts and theories for teaching ELLs and to design a range of materials and tools to meet a variety of learner needs.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how culture affects students’ learning.
 
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Admission Requirements, TESL Option

To be accepted into the Master of Science in Education in English Language Learners (ELL) Education degree program, TESL Option, in the School of Teaching and Learning , a student must have a minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 2.75. 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. All students seeking the MSE in the TESL option need to show grammar competency. This can be done by having completed a prior grammar course, passing a test, or enrolling in ENGL 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).

 

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.

 

Flexible Class Formats

ELL courses are offered in a variety of formats (on-campus, online and/or hybrid) to allow you to work around your busy schedule.

 

Explore the MSE in ELL Options

K-12 Option

To be accepted into the MSE in ELL, K-12 Option you must:

  1. Have a minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 2.75;
  2. Submit proof of teacher certification or professional endorsement from any of the 50 states or territories and have graduated from a CAEP or regionally accredited university;
  3. Submit a copy of your last summative teaching evaluation (i.e., a PBTE or similar evaluation form), or a letter from a school superintendent, principal, or professor attesting to your teaching skills and/or graduate studies potential. 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. International students must meet minimum English language requirements as determined by UCM's international admissions requirements.

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.

What to Expect

  • Highly qualified faculty who present and publish nationally and internationally, are leaders in professional organizations such as TESOL and MidTESOL, and have many combined years of teaching experience.
  • Expertise in research-based best practices for classroom application.
  • Personal advising with ELL faculty.

 

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