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       The faculty and staff of the Department of English and
Philosophy at University of Central Missouri would like to welcome
you to our master's of arts (MA) degree program in teaching English
as a second language (TESL) or our TESL graduate certificate
program. Since the fall of 1988, we have offered graduate courses
for teachers and future teachers of English as a second/foreign
language (ESL/EFL). We also helped develop the Missouri K-12
certification in teaching English to speakers of other languages
(ESOL), which was approved in May of 1990 by the Missouri
Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). Our
courses fulfill the professional education requirements for adding K-
12 ESOL certification to an existing Missouri teaching certificate.

       We look forward to working with you to help you develop your
full potential both as a graduate student and as a teacher of English
as a second/foreign language.

  TESL students, spouses, and friends at Cave Hollow Park in Warrensburg

                Table of Contents


General Information about the TESL Programs
   What Do TESL Students Gain?                           2
   What Financial Support Is Available?                  5
   What Is Required for the MA in TESL?                  7
   What Is Required for the TESL Graduate Certificate?   9
   How Do You Apply for Transfer Credit?                 9
   When Are Classes Offered?                             10
   How Do You Move Through the Program?                  11
   As You Begin Classes                                  12
   Some General Suggestions                              13

Campus and Professional Resources
   Constitution of the TESOL Student Chapter at UCM      15
   Campus Resources                                      17
   Professional Resources                                19

   K-12 ESOL Certificate Information                     20

General Information

         About the

  TESL Programs

  TESL students & faculty at Dr. Muchisky’s
         What Do TESL Students Gain?
      The courses in our master’s degree and graduate certificate
programs develop students’ understanding of (a) the basic principles of
learning and teaching a second language and (b) some of the practical
implications of those principles for classroom teaching. On completion of
the program, TESL graduates have met the TESOL/NCATE program
standards listed below. Students earning the master’s degree will provide
evidence of meeting each standard in the portfolio they submit in ENGL
5880: TESL Capstone.

Domain 1: Language
    Candidates know, understand, and use the major theories and
    research related to the structure and acquisition of language to help
    English language learners (ELLs) develop language and literacy and
    achieve in the content areas.
          Standard 1.a. Language as a System. Candidates
          demonstrate understanding of language as a system, including
          phonology, morphology, syntax, pragmatics, and semantics,
          and support ELLs as they acquire English language and
          literacy in order to achieve in the content areas.
          Standard 1.b. Language Acquisition and Development.
          Candidates understand and apply theories and research in
          language acquisition and development to support their ELLs’
          English language and literacy learning and content area
Domain 2: Culture
    Candidates know, understand, and use major concepts, principles,
    theories, and research related to the nature and role of culture and
    cultural groups to construct supportive learning environments for
          Standard 2. Culture as It Affects Student Learning.
          Candidates know, understand, and use major theories and
          research related to the nature and role of culture in their
          instruction. They demonstrate understanding of how cultural
          groups and individual cultural identities affect language learning
          and school achievement.

Domain 3: Planning, Implementing, and Managing Instruction
    Candidates know, understand, and use evidence-based practices
    and strategies related to planning, implementing, and managing
    standards-based ESL and content instruction. Candidates are
    knowledgeable about program models and skilled in teaching
    strategies for developing and integrating language skills. They
    integrate technology as well as choose and adapt classroom
    resources appropriate for their ELLs.
          Standard 3.a. Planning for Standards-Based ESL and
          Content Instruction. Candidates know, understand, and apply
          concepts, research, and best practices to plan classroom
          instruction in a supportive learning environment for ELLs. They
          plan for multilevel classrooms with learners from diverse
          backgrounds using standards-based ESL and content
          Standard 3.b. Implementing and Managing Standards-
          Based ESL and Content Instruction. Candidates know,
          manage, and implement a variety of standards-based teaching
          strategies and techniques for developing and integrating
          English listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Candidates
          support ELLs’ access to the core curriculum by teaching
          language through academic content.
          Standard 3.c. Using Resources and Technology Effectively
          in ESL and Content Instruction. Candidates are familiar with
          a wide range of standards-based materials, resources, and
          technologies, and choose, adapt, and use them in effective
          ESL and content teaching.
Domain 4: Assessment
    Candidates demonstrate understanding of issues and concepts of
    assessment and use standards-based procedures with ELLs.
          Standard 4.a. Issues of Assessment for English Language
          Learners. Candidates demonstrate understanding of various
          assessment issues as they affect ELLs, such as accountability,
          bias, special education testing, language proficiency, and
          accommodations in formal testing situations.
          Standard 4.b. Language Proficiency Assessment.
          Candidates know and can use a variety of standards-based
          language proficiency instruments to show language growth and
          to inform their instruction. They demonstrate understanding of
          their uses for identification, placement, and reclassification of

           Standard 4.c. Classroom-Based Assessment for ESL.
           Candidates know and can use a variety of performance-based
           assessment tools and techniques to inform instruction for in the

Domain 5: Professionalism
    Candidates keep current with new instructional techniques, research
    results, advances in the ESL field, and education policy issues and
    demonstrate knowledge of the history of ESL teaching. They use
    such information to reflect upon and improve their instruction and
    assessment practices. Candidates work collaboratively with school
    staff and the community to improve the learning environment, provide
    support, and advocate for ELLs and their families.
           Standard 5.a. ESL Research and History. Candidates
           demonstrate knowledge of history, research, educational public
           policy, and current practice in the field of ESL teaching and
           apply this knowledge to improve teaching and learning.
           Standard 5.b. Professional Development, Partnerships, and
           Advocacy. Candidates take advantage of professional growth
           opportunities and demonstrate the ability to build partnerships
           with colleagues and students’ families, serve as community
           resources, and advocate for ELLs.

   What Financial Support Is Available?
Midwest Student Exchange Program (MSEP)
      The Midwest Student Exchange Program (MSEP) was established by
the Midwestern Higher Education Commission to increase interstate
educational opportunities for students in its eleven member states: ND,
MN, IA, NE, KS, MO, WI, IL, MI, IN & OH. The program enables residents
of member states outside Missouri to enroll in the TESL programs at UCM
at reduced tuition rates. Please ask the staff in the Office of Student
Financial Services (Ward Edwards Building, Room 1100; 660-543-8266;
<sfs@ucmo.edu>) for more details and an application form.

       This federal grant supports students who promise to teach full-time
for at least four years in secondary schools (and in some cases,
elementary schools) that are designated as serving students from low-
income families (Title I). More information is available at the Student
Financial Services’ pages of the UCM website or at their office on campus
(Ward Edwards Building, Room 1100).

Scholarships for Graduate Students at UCM
The Graduate Student Achievement Awards
       These awards are for high academic achievement and leadership
qualities. Students with full-time graduate assistantships are not eligible.
Application forms are available from the Graduate School Office (Ward
Edwards Building, Room 1800). Deadline: March 1.

Graduate Non-Resident Scholarship
      Covers the non-resident fees for graduate students who earned UCM
undergraduate degrees and are enrolling in graduate programs no later
than the fourth semester following their undergraduate studies. Applicants
must have earned a minimum of 60 undergraduate hours at UCM with a
3.0 or higher UCM GPA. The scholarship is renewable for six semesters if
the scholar maintains a graduate GPA of 3.4 or higher. Deadline: Open.

Warren C. Lovinger Graduate Student Scholarship
      This award was established in 1980 to honor a past university
president. Applicants must have earned an undergraduate degree from
UCM and must have at least 16 credit hours of their graduate-program
studies remaining. Application forms are available from the Graduate
School Office. Deadline: March 1.

President’s Diversity Scholarship
      This award is a graduate assistantship for one year. Applicants may
meet an income eligibility requirement &/or be first-generation graduate
students &/or be members of a group underrepresented in their disciplines.
A minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.50 is required. Students who receive
the award in their first year of study may reapply for a second year.
Application forms are available from the Graduate School Office.
Deadline: March 1.

Graduate Assistantships
       UCM offers a variety of assistantships, including teaching, student-
affairs, laboratory, and administrative positions. Past and present TESL
students have had assistantships teaching freshman composition,
intensive English for international students, basic algebra, and introductory
graphics and photography courses; assisting faculty in administrative work,
for example, writing assessment; working in the library, departmental
reading rooms, and the art center; tutoring students in the Academic
Enrichment Department's writing and learning centers; and working in
university offices, for example, the International Student Office.

      Nearly all UCM assistantships begin in August and extend through
the academic year. The great majority are teaching positions. It is
extremely rare for new international students in the TESL Program to be
awarded an assistantship, but some of our international students have
received positions for their second year of study. One reason for this is
that prospective employers prefer to interview their applicants.

      Please see the Graduate Catalog’s section entitled “Financial
Information and Graduate Support” for the criteria used for selection, the
types of assistantships available, and the procedures for application.
Application forms are available at the Graduate School Office and online in
the Graduate School’s pages on the UCM website.
      Application review begins in March; however, applications may be
submitted at any time. Applications should be submitted to BOTH the
Graduate School Office AND the department or office to which you wish to

      Applying for a graduate assistantship is much like applying for any
other job. You need to actively seek employment, contact the prospective
employer, have good references, be available for interviews, and make a
positive impression on those who will decide who will receive a position.

What Is Required for the MA in TESL?

Required Graduate Courses (33 credit hours)
ENGL 4110 Linguistics (3 cr.)
       Introduction to the study of language as a system of human
ENGL 4120 Language & Culture (3 cr.)
       Exploration of the nature of culture and its impact on perceptions,
       communication, behavior, and ways of learning with emphasis on
       its influence on school achievement.
ENGL 5010 Introduction to Graduate Study--TESL (3 cr.)
       Introduction to understanding research in the fields of linguistics,
       applied linguistics, and teaching English to speakers of other
       languages. Focuses on identifying major research trends, finding
       articles, and writing essays on research in these fields.
ENGL 5110 Grammar for Teaching English as a Second Language (3 cr.)
       Examination of the morphological and syntactic structures of
       English and exploration of how to teach them to speakers of other
       Prerequisite: ENGL 4110 (may be taken concurrently)
ENGL 5120 Second-Language Acquisition (3 cr.)
       Survey of second-language acquisition research and theories and
       their implications for pedagogy.
ENGL 5800 TESL Methods (3 cr.)
       Exploration of past and current practices in planning,
       implementing, and managing instruction of second language
ENGL 5820 Assessment and Professionalism in TESL (3 cr.)
       Exploration of guidelines for ESL services, support, and advocacy;
       standards for achievement; and interpretation of formal and
       informal assessments of students, courses, and programs.
ENGL 5860 Teaching English as a Second Language I: The Spoken
       Language (3 cr.)
       Examination of the structures of oral English and the processes
       involved in its production and comprehension in relationship to the
       teaching and learning of ESL.
       Prerequisites: ENGL 5120 and ENGL 4110 (both may be taken

ENGL 5870 Teaching English as a Second Language II: The Written
       Language (3 cr.)
       Examination of the structures of written English and the processes
       involved in its production and comprehension in relationship to the
       teaching and learning of ESL.
       Prerequisite: ENGL 4110 (may be taken concurrently)
ENGL 5880 TESL Capstone (3 cr.)
       Examination of the history of the field of ESL teaching and the
       development of a portfolio that will demonstrate the level of
       mastery of the field of TESL required by the TESOL/NCATE
ENGL 5890 Practicum in TESL (3 cr.)
       Supervised experience in planning and implementing standards-
       based ESL and content instruction under the direction of a TESL
       faculty member.
       Prerequisites: ENGL 4110, ENGL 5120, and either ENGL 5860 or
       ENGL 5870

Department Approved Graduate Electives (3 credit hours)

Language Requirement:
For Native English Speakers:
         2 semesters of college-level foreign language or successful
         completion of the CLEP Foreign Language Exam at Level II.
For Non-Native English Speakers:
         TOEFL score above 565 (paper) or 225 (computer) or 85
         (Internet) and passing scores on the university administered
         spoken and written English placement tests or the successful
         completion of ENGL 1180: Spoken English as a Second
         Language &/or ENGL 1190: Written English as a Second

Thesis Option
        Students interested in the thesis option should meet with the
        TESL Program Coordinator during their first semester of graduate

Program Length
        The MA in TESL typically requires two full years of study.

              What Is Required for
         the TESL Graduate Certificate?
       The certificate program is designed for people who wish to add
certification in teaching K-12 English to speakers of other languages
(ESOL) to an existing Missouri teaching certificate. Some international
employers also value TESL Certificates. The program includes seven
classes (21 semester hours of credit). A maximum of six semester hours
of approved transfer credit may be applied to the certificate.
REQUIRED GRADUATE COURSES                          Credit hours
    ENGL 4110 Linguistics
    ENGL 5110 Grammar for TESL                           3
    ENGL 4120 Language and Culture                       3
    ENGL 5120 Second-Language Acquisition                3
    ENGL 5800 TESL Methods                               3
    ENGL 5820 Assessment & Professionalism               3
    ENGL 5860 TESL I: The Spoken Language
    ENGL 5870 TESL II: The Written Language              3
    ENGL 5890 Practicum in ESL                           3

 How Do You Apply for Transfer Credit?
      Please read the section entitled “Transfer Credit” in the current
Graduate Catalog. That section outlines the university's requirements and
procedures for transferring credit. The maximum number of hours of
transfer credit that may be applied to the MA-TESL degree is nine.
       If you are thinking about taking a course at another university,
consult with the TESL Program Coordinator before you enroll to confirm
that the course credit is transferable.
     Provide the program coordinator with the following for each course
you wish to have considered for transfer credit:
    • a copy of the catalog statement about the course
    • evidence that the course is applicable toward a graduate degree at
      the university that is granting or has granted the credit
    • the course syllabus
    • a transcript showing the credit and the grade for the course

           When Are Classes Offered?
     Listed below is the tentative class schedule for 2011-2013.

Fall 2011
ENGL 4110 – Linguistics
ENGL 5010 – Intro to Graduate Study: TESL          Evening Course
ENGL 5800 – TESL Methods
ENGL 5860 – TESL I: Spoken Language                Evening Course
ENGL 5890 – Practicum in ESL                       ARR

Spring 2012
ENGL 5110 – Grammar for TESL                       Evening Course
ENGL 5820 – Assessment & Professionalism
ENGL 5870 – TESL II: Written Language
ENGL 5880 – TESL Capstone                          Evening Course
ENGL 5890 – Practicum in ESL                       ARR

Summer 2012
ENGL 4120 – Language & Culture
ENGL 5120 – Second-Language Acquisition

Fall 2012
ENGL 4110 – Linguistics                            Evening Course
ENGL 5010 – Intro to Graduate Study: TESL          Evening Course
ENGL 5800 – TESL Methods                           Evening Course
ENGL 5860 – TESL I: Spoken Language
ENGL 5890 – Practicum in ESL                       ARR

Spring 2013
ENGL 4120 – Language & Culture                     Evening Course
ENGL 5120 – Second-Language Acquisition
ENGL 5820 – Assessment & Professionalism           Evening Course
ENGL 5870 – TESL II: Written Language
ENGL 5880 – TESL Capstone
ENGL 5890 – Practicum in ESL                       ARR

Summer 2013
ENGL 4110 – Linguistics
ENGL 5110 – Grammar for TESL

                  How Do You
           Move Through the Program?
Before You Begin Your Studies
  • If you are an international student, participate in new international
     student orientation and English placement testing.
  • Meet with the program coordinator to choose classes for your first
  • If you are a native English speaker, talk with the program coordinator
     about how you will meet the language requirement for the program.
     (Begin working on this early in your studies.)
  • Enroll in classes.

During the First Semester
  • Meet with the program coordinator to plan your tentative Program of
  • Enroll in second-semester classes.
During Your Subsequent Semesters
  • As you near the completion of 12 hours of graduate study, submit
     your signed Program of Study to the program coordinator.
  • If you wish to make any changes in your approved Program of Study,
     see the program coordinator and apply for a Change in Program.
  • Enroll for upcoming classes in a timely fashion.
Early in Your Last Semester
  • Pick up a graduation packet from the Graduate School Office.
  • Work through the graduation application process with the program
  • Consider developing a placement file at the Office of Career Services
     (Union 302).

Once You Have Completed the ESOL Certification Courses
  • You can apply for the K-12 ESOL Certification if you already have a
    Missouri teaching certificate. Assistance is available at the Teacher
    Certification Office in the Lovinger Building, Room 2170.

                 As You Begin Classes
      As you begin your graduate studies in TESL, you may feel somewhat
overwhelmed by new concepts, discipline-specific terminology, and other
new information. As can be true when you begin to learn a new language,
much of the new information does not fit together at first. Be patient, work
to understand, and soon the bits and pieces will become part of a larger,
clearer picture. To facilitate this process, you may wish to follow these

  • As you encounter new terminology, look for how the term is used by
    different writers. Does the term have the same meaning when
    different authors use it? A good dictionary of professional
    terminology is the Longman Dictionary of Language Teaching and
    Applied Linguistics.
  • Ask yourself what questions the author of a book or article you are
    reading is asking and trying to answer. Discovering the questions
    that are being asked and answered is an important skill when
    entering a new discipline.
  • Ask yourself what conclusions or generalizations a particular author
    is making about his/her topic. What evidence does he/she give to
    support his/her conclusions? Begin to associate the names of
    researchers with the ideas they advocate.
  • What other authors does an author cite in his/her discussion? Does
    he/she agree or disagree with those authors? Why or why not?
  • What is the date of publication of the article or book you are reading?
    Begin to associate dates with researchers and their ideas and
  • How do the ideas expressed by the author fit in with other ideas you
    have read or with your personal experience as a language teacher
    and/or learner? Begin to make specific connections between
    different concepts and ideas.
  • Write down in your own words the most important ideas and
    conclusions you encounter in your reading. Note where you found
    the idea by recording the author, title, publication date, and page
  • Be ready to apply the information and ideas you learn in one course
    to other courses in your program.
  • Ask your instructors any questions you have about what you are

             Some General Suggestions

1. Consult with the program coordinator and your other instructors often.
   Faculty office hours will be posted on the office doors and written on
   course syllabi. Usually, you do not need an appointment if you want to
   see a faculty member during posted office hours. If those times are not
   convenient for you, other times may be available by appointment.

2. Know your rights and responsibilities as a student, for example, in the
   area of academic honesty. Please see UCM's current
   Planner/Handbook for more information. It is distributed at the
   University Store.

3. Hand in all required assignments on time. Faculty members may or
   may not welcome assignments handed in early. They may not accept
   late assignments.

4. If you ever need to drop a course in your program, please talk with your
   instructor first. Then talk with the program coordinator. The decision
   about what you do will be yours, but faculty may be able to suggest
   alternatives which you have not considered.

5. If you need to/want to take a course at another university, get it
   approved by the program coordinator before you take it.

6. When making travel plans for the end of a semester, do not plan to
   leave before you have turned in all required assignments and
   completed all your exams.

7. APA (American Psychological Association) Style will be required for all
   TESL courses. Study it carefully, and use it accurately.

      Campus &

Professional Resources

             The TESL Student Organization

     The TESOL Student Chapter at the University of Central
Missouri was formed during the 1990-1991 school year.

                  Constitution of the
             TESOL Student Chapter at UCM
Article I:     The name of this organization shall be the TESOL Student
               Chapter at the University of Central Missouri.
Article II: The purpose of this organization shall be to:
             1) provide a social and professional organization for TESL
                graduate students at the University of Central Missouri.
             2) seek endorsement from its professional counterpart--TESOL
                (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages).
             3) provide valuable services to TESL graduate students and
                international students from all curricula, undergraduate and
                graduate. Services may include:
                   a) student sponsorship of new international students,
                   b) summer host program outside of Warrensburg,
                   c) TESL teaching symposium,
                   d) student attendance at TESOL conferences,
                   e) social events which foster an understanding of
                      American culture,
                   f) establishment of a liaison for overseas
                      correspondence and exchange of information and
Article III:
               1) The membership of this organization shall consist of any
                  student interested in the study of English as a Second
               2) This organization shall not discriminate on the basis of race,
                  color, creed, age, sex, religion, sexual orientation, or native
Article IV:
               1) The officers of this organization shall consist of a president,
                  president-elect, secretary, treasurer, and liaison coordinator.

                2) Officers shall be elected by ballot or verbal vote.
                3) Additional liaison officers and hospitality officers may be
Article V: The duties of this organization's officers shall be:
            1) president: coordinate symposia and oversee other
            2) president elect: coordinate sponsorship and summer host
            3) secretary: coordinate membership and record meetings;
            4) treasurer: manage the account and coordinate
               transportation when necessary;
            5) liaison coordinator: manage international correspondence,
               gather and post information in the department.
Article VI:
                1) Meetings shall be held twice a year.
                2) Special meetings may be called by the president by
Article VII: The minimum number of officers and members of this
             organization needed to conduct business shall be three
             officers and twelve general members.
Article VIII:
                1) Nominations of officers can be submitted by any general
                   member and are due by the posted or announced deadline.
                2) Elections shall be held following the nomination, by ballot or
                   verbal election, when a quorum is present.
                3) The terms for president, secretary, and treasurer run from
                   May to December. Terms for the president elect and liaison
                   coordinator run from May to April.
Article IX:
                1) This constitution must be ratified by a majority vote of the
                2) This constitution may be amended by a majority vote of the
                3) This constitution and/or amendments shall not become valid
                   until a copy of said constitution and/or amendments have
                   been placed on file in the Office of Student Development
                   Programs and Activities.

               Campus Resources

The Learning Center
      Here you can learn through individualized, self-paced programs to
develop your speed-reading, study, memory improvement, vocabulary,
listening, and standard spoken English skills. Also, you can get help
preparing for various standardized tests like TOEFL or GRE exams.
Computer software, video and audio recordings, and specially
designed learning activity packets are available for in-center use.

           The Student Success Center, Library 3160

The Writing Center
      The Writing Center offers a variety of services to both students of
English as a second language and to native English speakers. The
primary goal of the center’s personnel is to help students improve their
writing skills and become independent writers.

           The Student Success Center, Library 3160

Computer Facilities
     Computers are available for student use across campus and in the
residence halls. The computer commons in the James C. Kirkpatrick
Library (Room 1250, phone 660-543-4196) is a popular site. All UCM
students have a university-provided computer/e-mail account.

Counseling Services
   Free counseling is available to UCM students. Stop by the
Counseling Center or call for an appointment. Services include stress
management workshops.

                            Humphreys 131

Accessibility Services
    This office offers academic assistance and arranges
accommodations for students who have disabilities. To learn more
about the services that are available, visit their office or access their
pages on the UCM website.

                                Union 222

The Welch-Schmidt Center for Communication
     Student clinicians offer free hearing testing and one semester of
free one-to-one instruction in oral communication skills (pronunciation,
fluency, and grammar). TESL students who are non-native speakers
of English have found the instruction to be beneficial and enjoyable.

                                Martin 34

University Health Center
    This medical clinic, located just south of the University Union,
operates primarily on an appointment system, but severe illnesses and
emergencies are given priority. It is open from 8 AM to 5 PM, Monday
through Friday, during the fall and spring semesters.


Conversation Partners Program
    This program links non-native English speakers and native-
English-speaking students for informal English conversation or
language exchange opportunities. It is coordinated by the English
Language Center

                           Ward Edwards 0800

             Professional Resources

TESL Curriculum Library (Martin 222)
    The curriculum library contains a wide variety of textbooks for
teaching English language learners.

TESL Student Mailboxes (Martin 231)
   Watch your mailbox for returned papers, announcements from the
TESOL Student Chapter, and general announcements of interest.

     MIDTESOL is the regional organization of TESOL in Missouri and
Iowa. MIDTESOL publishes a newsletter, has its own regional
conference in the fall, and helps support the Iowa Culture and
Language Conference in the spring. Watch for announcements on
dates and locations.
     Students are encouraged to attend the MIDTESOL Conference,
an important opportunity to meet students from other universities as
well as ESL teachers. Presentations at MIDTESOL conferences tend
to be very practical in their focus. Go to <http://www.midtesol.org> for
a membership application form.

     TESOL is the international professional organization for teachers
of English to speakers of other languages. Its headquarters is near
Washington, DC. TESOL publishes a journal focused on teaching as
well as a research journal, TESOL Quarterly, and numerous books of
interest to teachers of ESL/EFL. The international TESOL conference
is held each spring. Watch for dates and other announcements about
TESOL, or check the TESOL home page at <http://www.tesol.edu/>.
Students can join TESOL at a special rate.

Directory of Professional Preparation Programs
    The Directory is published by TESOL and gives a description of
each university that has a degree program for teachers of English to
speakers of other languages. This book is particularly helpful for
students looking for a PhD program after they have completed their
master's degree. The Kirkpatrick Library has a copy.


K-12 ESOL Certification Information

           Applying for the Missouri
       K-12 Teaching Certificate in ESOL
NOTE: If you are not familiar with the process for becoming certified to teach in the
public schools in the state of Missouri, please consult the Teacher Education Policies
and Procedures section in the latest edition of the UCM Undergraduate Catalog.

To apply for the K-12 ESOL Certificate, please complete the following
1.   Review the requirements for certification listed on the following page.
2.   When you have met all of the general requirements and all of the
     professional requirements that are listed, please complete these two
        (Application for Added Certification), and

3.   When you have completed both forms, take them to the Registrar's
     office and ask that they send the forms along with an official copy of
     your transcript to the following address:
           Director of Teacher Education and Certification
           Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
           P. O. Box 480
           Jefferson City, MO 65101

4.   If you have any questions, you may wish to contact one of the
     following offices:
           Director of Teacher Education and Certification
           Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
           (see address above)
           (573) 751-0051
           Director of Teacher Certification
           University of Central Missouri
           Lovinger 2170
           Warrensburg, MO 64093
           (660) 543-8441

            Certification for K-12 ESOL
             in the State of Missouri
Requirements for the Added Certification: Please note that certification
to teach English to speakers of other languages (ESOL) in public schools
in the state of Missouri is an add-on certificate. Applicants must
already have a teaching certificate in another area of specialization.
Individuals without a first Missouri teaching certificate may wish to visit
UCM’s Teacher Certification Office in the Lovinger Building, Room 2170, to
explore ways that they might earn one.

I. General Requirements for Application for K-12 ESOL Certification

A.   A baccalaureate degree from an approved college or university
B.   A valid teacher's certificate in the state of Missouri
C.   Satisfactory completion of an approved college or university teacher
     preparation program in teaching of English to speakers of other
     languages (ESOL) consisting of a minimum of 21 semester credit
D.   Recommendation: Satisfactory completion of one year of college
     level foreign language study or equivalent experience in learning
     another language within another culture.

II. Professional Education Requirements

A.   Psychology/Education of the Exceptional Child (including the Gifted)
     (EDSP 2100: Education of the Exceptional Child or PSY 4200:
     Psychology of Exceptional Children)
B.   Basic Reading Techniques for Secondary Teachers (EDFL 4210:
     Teaching Reading in the Secondary Schools)

III. Professional Requirements for ESOL Certification (21 semester

A.   A minimum of 15 semester hours in five basic fields of knowledge.

     State standard or competency:            UCM program:

     1. Linguistics and English Linguistics   ENGL 4110: Linguistics or
                                              ENGL 5110: Grammar for
                                              TESL (3 hrs.)

     2. Language & Culture                    ENGL 4120: Language &
                                              Culture (3 hrs.)

     3. Second Language Acquisition           ENGL 5120: Second-
                                              Language Acquisition (3

     4. Methods of Teaching Second            ENGL 5800: TESL Methods
        Language Students                     (3 hrs.)

     5. Materials & Assessment                Assessment standards:
                                              ENGL 5820: Assessment &
                                              Professionalism in TESL (3
                                              Materials’ standards: ENGL
                                              5800, 5860, & 5870. See
                                              item 4 above & item C.

B.   ESOL Practicum (3 hrs.)                  ENGL 5890: Practicum in
                                              ESL (3 hrs.)

C.   Elective Coursework (3 hrs.)             ENGL 5860: TESL I: Spoken
                                              Language or ENGL 5870:
                                              TESL II: Written Language
                                              may be taken as an elective

Teacher Discipline-Specific
Competencies: English for Speakers of
Other Languages
Issued by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary
Education (DESE).

The beginning teacher of English for speakers of other languages will
demonstrate a knowledge of and/or competency in the following areas:

I. Linguistics        1. The principles which characterize all human
                      language systems;
                      2. The principles which characterize the English
                      3. The comparison of non-English language
                      systems to the English language; and
                      4. The functions of language in social and
                      academic settings.

2. Language &         1. The impact of culture on perceptions,
   Culture            communication (verbal and non-verbal), behaviors,
                      and learning;
                      2. The role of world politics, economics, history,
                      and geography in shaping belief systems; and
                      3. The dynamics of cross-cultural interactions.

3. Second             1. The development of theories and models of
   Language           second language acquisition;
   Acquisition        2. The emotional, social, and intellectual
                      implications of the process of learning a second
                      language while maintaining the first language;
                      3. The analysis and comparison of first language
                      and second language acquisition; and
                      4. Learning styles and strategies as they relate to
                      the second language learner in a cross-cultural

4. Approaches to     1. Selection, administration, and interpretation of
   ESOL              equitable formal and informal assessment tools
   Instruction       appropriate to the cognitive, academic, and social
                     development of students from diverse language
                     2. Strategies for using English as the language of
                     instruction to develop social and academic
                     language proficiency in the second language
                     3. Strategies for selecting, organizing, adapting,
                     and evaluating content area materials for students
                     from diverse language and educational
                     backgrounds in a cross-cultural setting;
                     4. Strategies for advocating and collaborating on
                     behalf of students from diverse language
                     backgrounds; and
                     5. Legal issues affecting students from diverse
                     language backgrounds.

5. Language          1. Proficiency in a second language and
   Competency        2. Native or near-native proficiency in standard
                     English (listening, speaking, reading, and writing).

                   Students and faculty at commencement


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