COE: BS Ed: Elementary Education 1-6 | Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (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.

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To review this program’s national accreditation, please follow this link to review our AAQEP accreditation report.

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To determine if this program meets the reciprocity requirements for like state educational certification programs outside the state of Missouri, follow this link for further contact information and resources.

Bachelor of Science in Education (BS Ed)

Contact Advisor:

Kate Nuelle

144 South Campus Classroom Building (SCCB)
p: (314) 516-5939

The Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education degree prepares students to teach in elementary or middle school settings. This program requires the selection and completion of required coursework in one of the following emphasis areas: Special Education; Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL); Special Education and TESOL; or Middle School. 

University General Education and Graduation Requirements 

B.S.Ed. degree candidates must complete the following General Education Requirements and  Graduation Requirements of the University as outlined in this Bulletin.

The courses listed below fulfill these requirements and best prepare students for advanced education coursework and licensure exams.

First Year Writing
ENGL 1100First-Year Writing (MOTR ENGL 200)3
or HIST 1111 Reacting to the Past
Math Proficiency
MATH 1020Contemporary Mathematics (MOTR MATH 120)3
or MATH 1030 College Algebra (MOTR MATH 130)
Communication Proficiency
EDUC 2222Interpretation: Connecting Audiences and Meaning3
or COMM 1040 Introduction to Public Speaking (MOTR COMM 110)
Information Literacy
ED TECH 2230Information Literacy3
American History and Government
POL SCI 1100Introduction to American Politics (MOTR POSC 101)3
or HIST 1001 American Civilization to 1865 (MOTR HIST 101)
Humanities and Fine Arts
Choose any 9 hours from at least two approved fields.9
Social Sciences
Choose any 9 hours from at least two approved fields. At least one course must meet the cultural diversity requirement.9
Math and Life/Natural Sciences
Choose any 9 hours from at least two approved fields.9
Junior-Level Writing
ENGL 3100Junior-Level Writing3
Total Hours45

Program Requirements

All students in the B.S.Ed. in Elementary Education program are required to take the following Teacher Education courses, as well as the required courses for the selected emphasis area. Each student must also complete all required courses and certification assessments as specified by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Grade Requirement

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

GPA Requirement

Beginning with those students graduating in May 2017 who will also receive teaching 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.

Assessment Requirement

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

Preparing for the Teacher Education Program

The following courses must be completed prior to applying for admission to the teacher education program:

TCH ED 1000Building Community, Culture, and Learning in Education1
TCH ED 1001Early Clinical Experience: Community Agency1
TCH ED 2000Becoming a Professional Educator1
TCH ED 2001Early Clinical Experience: Schools1
TCH ED 2209Foundations of Teaching in American Schools2
ED PSY 2212Child and Adolescent Development3
Total Hours9

Teacher Education Program
The following courses are completed after acceptance into the teacher education program:

TCH ED 3001Mid-Level Clinical Experience: Diverse Learners1
TCH ED 3212Sociolinguistics and Communication in the Classroom3
ED PSY 3312Psychology of Learning, Instruction, and Assessment3
SPEC ED 3318Inclusive Classrooms3
SPEC ED 4323Classroom Management and Positive Behavioral Supports in Inclusive Educational Settings3
Total Hours13

In addition to the above courses, students must select at least one emphasis area and complete all required coursework for the emphasis area.

The program will culminate in the completion of two sequential site-based practicum experience courses.

Emphasis Area Requirements

This emphasis area in elementary education prepares students for teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL).

 All candidates must complete the Beginning Teacher Education Program and Teacher Education Program course work above in the College of Education. 

Elementary education majors must also complete the following Teacher Education Program courses:

ART ED 2179Visual Art Activities for Elementary School3
MUS ED 2770An Introduction to Music for the Elementary School Teacher3
HLTH PE 3432Teaching Health and Physical Education in Elementary Schools3
ELE ED 3338Teaching Elementary Literacy in Inclusive Settings: Literacy Assessment and Learning3
ELE ED 3339Teaching Elementary Literacy in Inclusive Settings: Literacy Instruction and Learning4
ELE ED 4341Teaching Science in Inclusive Elementary Schools3
ELE ED 4342Teaching Elementary Mathematics in Inclusive Settings II3
ELE ED 4246Teaching Elementary Mathematics in Inclusive Settings I3
ELE ED 4253Teaching Elementary Social Studies in Inclusive Settings3

In addition, students must complete the following TESOL courses:

TCH ED 3210General Linguistics in Teaching 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 Learners3

The program will culminate in the following practicum courses:

ELE ED 4994Practicum I: Elementary/TESOL Site-Based Experience3
ELE ED 4995Practicum II: Elementary/TESOL Site-Based Experience12

Total Credit Hours: 132

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 Language Learners (Grades K-12) Certification
Teachers who have obtained their initial certification may add the English Language Learners K-12 certification by completing the necessary coursework as determined by DESE.