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

Degree Overview

The TESL emphasis is for those who are interested in teaching positions in culturally and linguistically diverse K-12 classrooms and other institutional settings. If a candidate holds certification in either Kansas or Missouri, s/he may choose to pursue a ESOL endorsement in addition to a master’s degree.

Who benefits from this degree?

The TESL degree is designed mainly for individuals, both domestic and abroad, who wish to teach U.S. PreK-12 school settings, intensive English programs attached to a university, community colleges and abroad. The students in TESL not only receive a richer understanding of how English language is learned and taught in all these settings, but also gain knowledge on different aspects (including culture, motivation, empathy, etc) relating to English Language Learners (ELLs).

What will the program look like?

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

Seven courses (21 credit hours) within the Master of Arts in C&I – TESL program are also in the ESOL endorsement program. Students who are admitted to the division of Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies may choose to complete requirements for both programs, the MA in C&I – TESL and ESOL endorsement, simultaneously.

ESOL endorsement only: English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) is a 27 credit-hour program that leads to ESOL endorsement by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Courses include linguistics, intercultural communication, second language acquisition, teaching English in content areas, education of exceptional children and youth, reading in the secondary school, educational assessment, and teaching methods.