Assessment, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) (Master of Applied Science, M.A.S.)

This is a draft edition of the 2024-2025 catalog. Information contained within is subject to change.

Dr. Kipton Smilie, Program Director
(816) 271-5952

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 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.

Students who are accepted to this degree program will have no more than 6 years from admission or subsequent declaration to meet the requirements listed below. If certification, accreditation or statutory requirements change and additional requirements become effective during this time, the new requirements take precedence.

Professional Core 1
EDU 611Research Development and Literature Analysis3
EDU 678Master Educator Experience I3
EDU 679Master Education Experience II3
Concentration Requirements
TSL 559Policy, Curriculum and Instruction for ELLs3
TSL 560Methods of Teaching ELLs3
TSL 562ELL Assessment3
TSL 632Introduction to Linguistics3
TSL 661Second Language Acquisition3
TSL 664Language and Culture3
Electives (choose at least 6 credit hours from the following)6
Content Area Literacy
Teaching Students with Reading Deficits
Practicum in ELL: Elementary 2
Practicum in ELL: Secondary 2
Total Credit Hours33

In addition to the courses listed, students will be required to take EDU 500 Education Orientation Workshop.


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 TechniquesEDU 315 Psychology and Education of the Exceptional Child, and EDU 430 Teaching Students with Reading Deficits or EDU 521 Teaching Students with Reading Deficits.

Program Graduation Requirements

  1. Earn a minimum overall GPA of 3.0, with no more than 6 credit hours of C in all required coursework.
  2. Official approval of required Master Educator Experience.

University Graduation Requirements

  1. Satisfactorily complete all required coursework in the program;
  2. Earn a minimum of 30 credit hours;
  3. Satisfactorily complete the required capstone experience.