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The University will charge the student a penalty (a portion of the tuition) if the student drops after the first week. Summer courses are subject to abbreviated payment schedules and will have different payment information from traditional fall and spring semesters. Failure to pay the penalty fee prevents the student from future enrollments, etc.

Students can withdraw from the University or drop specific classes using the web registration system, until the published “Last Day to Drop a Class.” After that date, students must contact the Office of the Registrar. The effective date of the withdrawal/dropped class is the date the class or classes are deleted from the student’s record. If dropping a class online, be sure to complete the transaction and review your schedule to make certain the class is dropped.

For students withdrawing from all classes, Student Financial Services will refund fees approximately three weeks after the withdrawal is processed. A “Request for Refund of Credit Balance” form, available at the Student Financial Services Office, MUST be completed by the student fully withdrawing to initiate the processing of a refund check. All balances due to the University as a result of other obligations will be deducted from the amount to be refunded. Any remaining balance due the student will be mailed to the student’s permanent address.

Southeast Missouri State University complies with Federal regulations regarding refunds on student accounts having Federal Title IV program funds applied to the account. Federal regulations mandate the amount and order of Federal Title IV funds that must be returned to the student’s lender (in the case of a student loan) or to the Pell Grant or the Perkins loan when a student withdraws from the University. In some cases, the mandated return of Federal Title IV funds to the student’s lender, Pell Grant or Perkins loan will leave an unpaid balance on the student’s account, for which the student is responsible.

Based on the withdrawal/dropped class effective date, the following refund schedules for fees will apply:

Sixteen-Week Sessions (Fall/Spring) Percentage of Fee Refunded
Through the first week of the semester 100%
Second week of the semester 70%
Third week of the semester 60%
Fourth week of the semester 50%
After the fourth week of the semester 0%
Six & Eight-Week Sessions (Fall/Spring/Summer) Percentage of Fee Refunded
Through the first week of the session 100%
Through the first day of the second week 70%
Remainder of the second week of the session 50%
After the second week of the session 0%
Four-Week Sessions (Summer) Percentage of Fee Refunded
Through the first two days of the session 100%
Remainder of the first week of the session 50%
After the first week of the session 0%

For additional information regarding refunds & withdrawals, please visit:

Southeast accepts payment by cash, check, money order or credit card (MasterCard, Visa or Discover). Payments may be made in person at the Cashier's Office in Academic Hall or by phoning (573) 651-2253 for debit or credit card payments. Payments may also be mailed to: Cashier's Office, One University Plaza, MS 3275, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701.

Textbooks are available from the Southeast Bookstore. They may be ordered online or through a phone call. Books are mailed to the student. Please allow adequate time for their arrival. Students are responsible for payment for their books.

Participants with questions concerning certification requirements in Missouri are advised to contact Margery Tanner, Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Office of Certification, in Jefferson City. If you have questions concerning ESOL certification and the coursework, you may contact Dr. Ustinova.

All questions related to academic programs, including advising, degree requirements, which courses to take, when they will be offered, etc. are to be directed to your academic advisor. Once admitted to the TESOL Program, you will receive a letter from the University stipulating who your advisor is: either Dr. Deqi Zen or Dr. Irina Ustinova.

K-12 ESOL Certification

State Requirements for the ESOL Certification include 21 hours of coursework in the areas of Theories of Second/Foreign Language Learning, Methods/Techniques of TESOL, Materials/Assessment of TESOL, Linguistics, Sociolinguistics, Practicum in TESOL, and an elective related to the field. A teacher must also hold a valid teaching certificate in Missouri and show coursework in Teaching Reading in the Content Areas and Psychology of the Exceptional Child. Previous experience learning another language is desirable.

Forward a copy of your official transcript for all courses taken from Southeast Missouri State University and a copy of other transcripts showing your teaching certificate and the reading and psychology courses to Margery Tanner, Teacher Certification, P.O. Box 480, Jefferson City, MO 65102.

The 21 hours of the certification courses count towards the MATESOL degree at Southeast Missouri State University. Participants are responsible for the additional expenses related to the coursework beyond the certification.


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One University Plaza, MS 2650
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701