The faculty and staff of the Department of English and Philosophy at the University of Central Missouri (UCM) would like to thank you for your interest in our master's of arts (MA) degree or our graduate certificate program in teaching English as a second language (TESL).
Since the fall of 1988, UCM has offered graduate courses for teachers and future teachers of English as a second/foreign language (ESL/EFL). These courses are designed to provide professional preparation for individuals who wish to teach English learners in the United States and/or abroad. UCM’s TESL faculty were members of the group that helped develop the Missouri K-12 certification in teaching English to speakers of other languages (ESOL), which was approved in May of 1990 by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).
UCM offers two TESL programs: the MA in TESL, which requires 33 credit hours (11 courses), and the Graduate Certificate, which requires 21 credit hours (7 courses). Both programs include the courses that fulfill DESE’s professional education requirements for adding K-12 ESOL certification to an existing Missouri teaching certificate.
For acceptance into our TESL programs, non-native speakers of English must score above 565 on the paper version of the International Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or have an equivalent score on the computer or internet-based versions of that test (above 225 or 85, respectively). All applicants must have an undergraduate grade-point average of 2.70 or above.
To learn more about UCM's graduate program in TESL, download the TESL Student Handbook. After you’ve had a chance to review the information in the handbook, if you have questions, please contact Dr. Christina Kitson, TESL Program Coordinator. Her office phone number is 660-543-4425, and her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
For Native English Speakers:
2 semesters of college-level foreign language or successful completion of the CLEP Foreign Language Exam at Level II.
For Non-Native English Speakers:
TOEFL score above 565 (paper) or 225 (computer) or 85 (Internet) and passing scores on the university administered spoken and written English placement tests or the successful completion of ENGL 1180: Spoken English as a Second Language &/or ENGL 1190: Written English as a Second Language.
Students interested in the thesis option should meet with the TESL Program Coordinator during their first semester of graduate study.
The MA in TESL typically requires two full years of study.
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Last updated June 7, 2018