University of Central Missouri

College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

Teaching English as a Second Language


University of Central Missouri

Warrensburg, MO 64093

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.A. - Teaching English as a Second Language

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The courses required for the MA-TESL degree meet the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's requirements for the addition of K-12 certification in teaching English to speakers of other languages (ESOL) to an existing teaching certificate. Practicum and volunteer teaching opportunities are available in area public schools, intensive language programs associated with junior colleges and universities, ESL support courses for international students newly admitted to the university, and adult ESL programs for immigrants and refugees. Faculty members have taught in Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America; in publich schools, private language institutes for adults and children, intensive English programs, and universities outside the U.S. Faculty have wide-ranging interests, from pedagogical issues to exploration of theoretical principles that can help explain second language acquisition patterns. Required TESL courses are offered as summer and evening courses.


All graduate programs at UCM are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

International Student Requirements:

Non-native English speakers must pass the university’s exam in spoken and written English. For non-native English speakers, minimum 565 on TOEFL (225 on the computer-based test) is required.

Facts & Figures

Classification: Master's College or University I

Loans Offered: Applicants may apply by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA code 02454).

Locale: Fringe Rural Area

Size & Settings: 3,000-5,999

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