Assessment, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) (Master of Applied Science, M.A.S.)
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 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 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 learners
- Specific skills and knowledge needed to successfully teach English 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)
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.
|EDU 611||Research Development and Literature Analysis||3|
|EDU 678||Master Education Experience I||3|
|EDU 679||Master Education Experience II||3|
|TSL 559||Policy, Curriculum and Instruction for ELLs||3|
|TSL 560||Methods of Teaching ELLs||3|
|TSL 562||Materials and Assessments for ELLs||3|
|TSL 632||Introduction to Linguistics||3|
|TSL 661||Second Language Acquisition||3|
|TSL 664||Language and Culture||3|
|Electives (choose at least 6 credit hours from the following)||6|
|Content Area Literacy|
|Teaching Students with Reading Deficits|
|Practicum in ELL: Elementary 1|
|Practicum in ELL: Secondary 1|
|Total Credit Hours||33|
Required for students seeking MO K-12 ELL Certification.
Note: TSL 665 Practicum in ELL: Elementary and TSL 667 Practicum in ELL: Secondary require prerequisites of EDU 311 Secondary Reading Techniques, EDU 315 Psychology and Education of the Exceptional Child, and EDU 430 Teaching Students with Reading Deficits or EDU 521 Teaching Students with Reading Deficits.
- Filing an approved Application for Graduation.
- Satisfactory completion of all required coursework as listed on the approved Program of Study.
- Earn a minimum overall GPA of 3.0, with no more than 6 credit hours of C in all required coursework.
- Official approval of required Master Educator Experience (or capstone).