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Program Overview

The Graduate Certificate in TESOL is a linguistically and culturally responsive teacher education program to help current and future teachers to be more effective to make academic content more comprehensive for English language learners (ELLs) who reside either in the United States or other countries.

The 18-credit TESOL program consists of 6 TESOL courses and is approved by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) as requirements for the ESOL teaching endorsement to the graduate and undergraduate students who have the Missouri P-12 primary teaching certificates. The TESOL program can be a focus area for the Master’s in Education (MEd) and the PhD degree programs as well as an undergraduate minor at UMSL. You may also pursue the TESOL Graduate Certificate independent of other graduate study by applying as a non-degree student through the UMSL Graduate School.


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 6210 Foundations Of Teaching English To Speakers Of Other Languages 3
TCH ED 6220 Principles Of Second/Foreign Language Acquisition 3
TCH ED 6230 Cross-Cultural Communication In The Classroom 3
TCH ED 6240 Assessment for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages 3
TCH ED 6250 Methods and Materials for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages 3
TCH ED 6260 Practicum in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages 3
Total Hours 18

For TESOL state certification, the students need to add TCH ED 6224, and ELE ED 6338 for those who have the middle and the secondary school teaching certificates. Those who have the elementary teaching certificates need to add TCH ED 6224 if they are UMSL teacher education graduates. Otherwise, please consult the faculty advisor and/or academic advisor.

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UMSL’s College of Education is a hub of innovation, where diverse scholars, practitioners and education-focused entrepreneurs converge to problem solve, incubate and develop ideas and modes of practice that propel the entire field of education forward. The college provides a plethora of undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degree programs that prepare and sustain culturally competent, dedicated and highly trained teachers for a variety of traditional and non-traditional educational settings. The college also prepares administrators, counselors, school psychologists, behavior analysts, educational scholars and entrepreneurs. One of the state of Missouri’s largest prepares of educators, the college is consistently recognized for its excellence in teacher preparation. Its innovative Studio School model – which has the college partnering with more than 30 local schools – allows for collaborative practicum experiences that enrich future teacher’s learning while also strengthening the St. Louis region as a whole. 

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