Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction – Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL)

Degree Overview

The Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction – Teaching English as a Second Language (MA in C&I – TESL) is for graduate students who are interested in culturally and linguistically diverse K-12 classrooms and teaching English as a second language in other educational settings.

Who benefits from this degree?

The MA in C&I – TESL degree program is designed mainly for students, both domestic and international, who teach in U.S. PK-12 school settings, or who want to teach in intensive English programs attached to a university, community college, or abroad. Students in the MA in C&I – TESL not only receive a rich understanding of how English language is learned and taught in a variety of settings, but also gain knowledge of different characteristics (cultural, motivational, etc.) related to English language learners (ELLs).

What will the program look like?

MA in C&I – TESL only: The MA in C&I – TESL in a 36 credit-hour degree program. As an MA in C&I, foundational courses include the areas of human development/educational psychology, foundations of education, educational assessment, research methods, diversity, and action research. The remainder of courses making up the TESL emphasis are specific to TESL and English language learning, including linguistics, intercultural communication, second language acquisition, teaching English in content areas, and teaching methods.

Related Options

ELL certification only: ELL K-12 certification through the state of Missouri is a 30 credit-hour add-on program for teachers who have already earned initial certification in another area. Courses for the add-on certificate include linguistics, intercultural communication, second language acquisition, teaching English in content areas, education of exceptional children and youth, literacy intervention, educational assessment, and methods of teaching English as a second language.

MA in C&I – TESL with ELL certification: The MA in C&I – TESL degree program and the ELL certification program share 6 courses. Students may choose to complete four courses in addition to the MA in C&I – TESL to earn the degree and ELL certification simultaneously.