BS Ed: Elementary Education 1-6 /
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
Bachelor of Science in Education in Elementary Education, emphasis in TESOL

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UMSL College of Education has a new Elementary Education Program that provides the choice of adding the state-certified P-12 endorsement in teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) starting in Fall 2013. The number of immigrants and refugees has been increasing in the St. Louis areas, and the classrooms are having more English language learners (ELLs). The six-course TESOL program will help practicing teachers and teachers-to-be increase their competence and confidence in integrating the four language modalities into their academic teaching for the ELLs. The six TESOL courses cover general linguistics, second/foreign language acquisition principles, cross-cultural communication theories and practices, assessments with coping strategies, developing and implementing instructional materials with reflection.

The instructional design for each TESOL course includes the three stages:

  1. exploring students’ backgrounds and having desired results with the assessment strategies,
  2. enacting with or presenting the interactive activities with the explicit language targets, and
  3. expanding inquiry with guided reflection.

The teachers-to-be will be very competitive at the job markets due to the increasing needs of having knowledge, skills and disposition, not only for the ELLs, but for other linguistically diverse students. Teachers with these P-12 TESOL endorsement will also have opportunity to work as ELL specialists as well as classroom teachers.

Bachelor of Science in Education (BS Ed)

Contact Advisors:

Kimberly Prather & Daniel Tebeau

116 South Campus Classroom Building (SCCB)
p: (314) 516-5937

DESE Elementary (Grades 1-6) Certification
The College of Education will recommend you to the Missouri Department of Elementary/Secondary Education for teacher certification in Elementary 1-6 at the completion of this program if you have met all state requirements. To ensure that you have met all state requirements, please contact your advisor.
DESE English for Speakers of Other Languages (Grades K-12) Certification
Elementary Education students who have obtained their initial certification can add the TESOL endorsement by passing the appropriate content area exam. The candidate contacts the Department of Elementary/Secondary to add this endorsement.

Bachelor of Science in Education in Elementary Education 

 General Education Requirements

B.S.Ed. degree candidates must complete the following General Education courses required by the College of Education and the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Core Areas:
First Year Writing
ENGL 1100First-Year Writing3
or HIST 1111 Reacting to the Past
Math Proficiency
MATH 1030College Algebra3
Communication Proficiency
EDUC 2222Interpretation: Connecting Audiences and Meaning3
or COMM 1040 Introduction to Public Speaking
Information Literacy
ED TECH 2230Information Literacy3
American History or Government
POL SCI 1100Introduction to American Politics3
Explore Areas:
Humanities and Fine Arts
ART ED 2179Visual Art Activities for Elementary School3
MUS ED 2770An Introduction To Music For The Elementary School Teacher3
Additional course in Humanities or Fine Arts3
Social Science
ED PSY 2212Child and Adolescent Development3
GEOG 1001Introduction To Geography3
or GEOG 1002 World Regions
HIST 1001American Civilization To 18653
or HIST 1002 American Civilization 1865 To Present
Math and Life/Natural Sciences
BIOL 1012General Biology3
GEOL 1001General Geology4
Additional course in Physics or Chemistry or Combined Chemistry/Physics3

Related Area Requirements

MATH 1150Introduction to the Structure Of Mathematical Systems3
MATH 2510Structure of Mathematical Systems II3
ECON 1052Microeconomics For The School Curriculum3
ATM SCI 1001Elementary Meteorology4
or ASTRON 1001 Cosmic Evolution Introductory Astronomy
HLTH PE 3432Teaching Health and Physical Education in the Elementary School3
ENGL 3100Junior-Level Writing3

Program Requirements

All students in the B.S.Ed. in Elementary Education program are required to take the following Level I, Level II, and Level III courses. Each student must select an emphasis area and complete the required courses for that emphasis area.

Note for all emphasis areas:

Professional Education courses must be completed with a grade of C or better (a grade of C- or below is unacceptable).

Beginning with those students graduating in May, 2017 and receiving teacher certification, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education requires a 3.0 GPA in professional education courses, a 3.0 GPA in the teaching content field, and a 2.75 overall GPA.

Students must pass the required DESE certification assessments to receive the B.S.Ed. degree.

Introduction to Education
EDUC 1000Building Community, Culture, and Learning in Education1
EDUC 1001Early Clinical Experience: Community Agency1
Level I: Education in Community Contexts
TCH ED 2000Becoming a Professional Educator1
TCH ED 2001Early Clinical Experience: Schools1
TCH ED 2209Foundations of Teaching in American Schools2
Level II: Teaching and Learning Across Context and Clinical Experiences
ED PSY 3312Psychology of Learning, Instruction, and Assessment3
ELE ED 3338Teaching Elementary Literacy in Inclusive Settings: Literacy Assessment and Learning3
SPEC ED 3318Inclusive Classrooms3
TCH ED 3001Mid-Level Clinical Experience: Diverse Learners1
TCH ED 3212Sociolinguistics and Communication in the Classroom3
Level III: Instructional Application in Studio Schools
ELE ED 3339Teaching Elementary Literacy in Inclusive Settings: Literacy Instruction and Learning4
ELE ED 4246Teaching Elementary Mathematics in Inclusive Settings I3
ELE ED 4253Teaching Elementary Social Studies in Inclusive Settings3
ELE ED 4341Teaching Science in Inclusive Elementary Schools3
ELE ED 4342Teaching Elementary Mathematics in Inclusive Settings II3
SPEC ED 4323Classroom Management and Positive Behavioral Supports in Inclusive Educational Settings3

Emphasis Area in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

All candidates must complete Levels I, II, and III course work above in the College of Education. In addition, students must complete the following TESOL courses:

TCH ED 3210Linguistics and English Linguistics for Tchg English to Speakers of Other Languages3
TCH ED 3211Basic Principles of Second and Foreign Language Acquisition3
TCH ED 3213Performance-based Assessment for TESOL3
TCH ED 3214Material Development and Methods for TESOL3
TCH ED 3224Curriculum Development for Content Teaching of English Language Learners
ELE ED 4994Practicum I: Elementary/TESOL Site Based Experience3
ELE ED 4995Practicum II: Elementary/TESOL Site Based Experience12

Total for the B.S.Ed. in Elementary Education with Emphasis in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages: minimum of 129 hours.