Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Dr. Susan M. Bashinski, Program Director
(816) 271-5629

The Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) program options are designed to meet needs of the following professionals:

  • Current and future educators, who want to effectively teach English in a wide variety of settings, including: PreK-12 diverse classrooms, adult language programs, businesses, community colleges, and international schools
  • Speech/language pathologists and school psychologists, who desire additional information to assist them to better distinguish language differences from language delay and language impairment
  • School administrators, who are interested in creating or improving English as a Second Language programs in their school or district
  • Current or future educational policy makers, who wish to enhance their understanding of the unique needs of the English language learner and the most up-to-date research in second language acquisition

The need for knowledgeable and effective teachers of English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) is growing, both nationally and internationally. In addition to learning how to advocate for effective and responsive education for English language learners from diverse communities, graduate students should gain the following from coursework in the TESOL programs:

  • A deep understanding of the challenges faced by English language learners
  • Specific skills and knowledge needed to successfully teach English language learners
  • Experience teaching and interacting with linguistically and culturally diverse communities
  • Training in analytical and critical thinking methods
  • Professional licensure (for the State of Missouri and reciprocal licensure states) in TESOL education (optional)

Four programs in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages programs are offered at the graduate level:

  1. Master’s degree in TESOL
  2. Master’s degree in TESOL, with State of Missouri licensure to teach in K-12 public schools
  3. Graduate certificate in TESOL
  4. Graduate certificate in TESOL, with State of Missouri licensure to teach in K-12 public schools

The Gainful Employment Disclosure for the TESOL Certificate may be found here.

Admission Requirements

Admission to any of the graduate programs in TESOL requires meeting all qualifications for acceptance to the Missouri Western State University Graduate School.

  • Submission of application for admission to the MWSU Graduate School.
  • Completion of an undergraduate degree in education, or a closely related discipline, from an accredited undergraduate institution.
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75.
  • Statement of Purpose: A one-page narrative, which describes his/her purpose for seeking admission to a graduate program, as well as what he/she hopes to gain from the experience.
  • The GRE is not required.