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The MA TESOL degree is designed to train professionals to teach people who are learning to speak English as another language. Graduates work with children in pre-school through high school, in adult education programs with refugees and immigrants, or in college and university programs. The workplace may be within the United States or overseas. The program emphasizes the practical application of theory to the classroom. Students design a program of language instruction for their own particular setting and learn to revise, adapt and assess the program as they progress in their studies.

MATESOL prepares students to teach English from pre-school through universities. We do not offer a transcript certification. Students who are interested in Missouri ELL certification, please clink the "Certification" link on the left side of the screen. DESE Certification requires A valid Missouri permanent or professional certificate of license to teach.


The English Department offers TESOL teaching assistantships to graduate students who teach IEP or ESL credit courses. Teaching assistants have full instructional responsibility for the courses they teach. MA candidates participate in a two-week training seminar (3 credit hours) prior to Fall term and a two-semester seminar in teaching ESL, for which they receive three total hours credit. Assistantships carry a stipend and a tuition waiver. We encourage you to apply. The GPA requirement for TAs is 2.70. For further information, contact Dr. Missy Nieveen-Phegley.



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