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 Graduate Certificate in TESOL program includes 18 of the 30 credit hours required by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) toward the ELL K-12 teaching certification for those holding initial certification. The TESOL program is also offered as a focus area for the Master’s in Education (M.Ed.) and the Ph.D. degree programs. See the requirements below for TESOL Graduate Certificate independent of other graduate study.

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Graduate Certificate

Contact Advisors:

Marty Woytus & Kristel Schlemper

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

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


Slide 1 Education and English alumna Eleanor Taylor connects to students and family history through language learning
Eleanor Taylor, an education and English alumna, was one of seven finalists for the 2022 Missouri Teacher of the Year. Taylor has also taken opportunities to travel the globe, expanding her horizons and understanding of language education. She completed her student teaching in Fuxin, China, participated in the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program and traveled to Senegal to study the country’s education system as a Fulbright Teachers for Global Classrooms fellow. (Photo by August Jennewein)


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 Song, Ed.D.

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:
  • Backward Instructional Design and Assessment
  • Immigrant Famil...
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.