COE: Grad Cert: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Certificate
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Specialize in Linguistically Diverse Education

The College of Education offers a TESOL program, which helps prepare students who are planning to teach content classes with English language learners (ELLs) and ELLs in either the United States or other countries. The 18-credit program confirms the completion of a linguistically-focused program of preparation for work in the field of TESOL.

The 18-credit TESOL program, 6 TESOL courses, is approved by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) as requirements for the ESOL teaching endorsement to the graduate and undergraduate students who have the Missouri P-12 primary teaching certificates. The TESOL program is a focus area for the Master’s in Education (M.Ed.) and the Ph.D. degree programs as well as an undergraduate minor at UMSL. See requirement below for the pursuit of the TESOL Graduate Certificate independent of other graduate study. Apply as a non-degreed student and select to work on the TESOL Graduate Certificate issued by UMSL Graduate School.

Graduate Certificate

Contact Advisors:

Marty Woytus & Susan Johnson

116 South Campus Classroom Building (SCCB)
p: (314) 516-5930

Deadlines to Apply:
Fall - July 1
Spring - December 1
Summer - May 1


Applicants who wish to earn a Graduate Certificate in TESOL must apply for admission to the certificate program and to the Graduate School at the University of Missouri –St. Louis as a non-degree student or as a Master’s or doctoral student. Applicants must have a 2.75 GPA in undergraduate coursework to be admitted. A background in K-12 or adult education is desirable.


Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 to remain in the certificate program. The certificate is awarded after completion of the courses listed below. A program of study, or M-1, should be filed in the first one-third of the program. Students should file an Intent to Complete a Graduate Certificate at the beginning of their last semester. The Graduate Certificate in TESOL requires 18 credit hours of course work, including an entry course (TCH ED 6210):

TCH ED 6210Foundations of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages3
TCH ED 6220Principles of Second/Foreign Language Acquisition3
TCH ED 6230Cross-Cultural Communication in the Classroom3
TCH ED 6240Assessment for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages3
TCH ED 6250Methods and Materials for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages3
TCH ED 6260Practicum in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages3
Total Hours18
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Kim H. Song, Professor at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, received her Ed.D in Instructional Processes from Southern Illinois University –Edwardsville in 1991. Kim is a bilingual in Korean and English, and her main research interests include:
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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.