The MSE in English Language Learners (ELL) is designed to develop the candidate’s understandings of the process of additional language acquisition as well as the unique needs of educators working with or planning a career working with culturally and linguistically diverse students. Each candidate must fulfill a practicum.
The MSE in ELL has two options available. The first option is focused on preparing K-12 teachers for working with ELL students. The second option is designed for those wishing to teach English abroad or ELL at the college level.
A graduate with a Master of Science in Education degree in English Language Learners (ELL) will use the knowledge and skills obtained in the program to achieve the following professional skills:
- Demonstrate an understanding of current conceptual and theoretical trends, issues and concerns in the fields of TESOL and Applied Linguistics including an understanding of the English language as a system and how additional languages are acquired.
- Demonstrate an ability to identify and present effective classroom applications of language concepts and theories for teaching ELLs and to design a range of materials and tools to meet a variety of learner needs.
- Demonstrate an understanding of how culture affects students’ learning.
Admission Requirement, K-12 Option
To be accepted into the Master of Science in Education in English Language Learners (ELL) Education degree program, K-12 Option, in the School of Teaching and Learning , a student must:
- have a minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 2.75
- submit proof of teacher certification or professional endorsement for any of the 50 states or territories and have graduated from a CAEP or regionally accredited university
- submit a copy of his/her last summative teaching evaluation (i.e., a PBTE or similar evaluation form) or a letter from a school superintendent, principal, or professor attesting to teaching skills and/or graduate studies potential.
Applicants who do not meet this criteria must design, with a department advisor or graduate coordinator, a conditional program (including the program’s research course). International applicants should meet these requirements in comparable ways. International students must meet minimum English language requirements as determined by UCM.
Connection to Certification
Students interested in the Missouri ELL certification endorsement are advised to consult with their advisor, the Program Coordinator, and the UCM director of Clinical Services and Certification. Additional courses may be required for the Missouri ELL certification endorsement, dependent on transcript analysis of undergraduate and graduate work.