Project SPEAK

Project S.P.E.A.K.

Speaking Proficiently Enables All Kids (S.P.E.A.K.) is an acronym used by the Department of Teacher Education at Missouri Southern State University for a program designed to provide Missouri teachers with endorsement in Teaching English for Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), and make a significant impact on the lives and academic achievement of at-risk English Language Learners (ELLs) in Southwest Missouri.

Over the past five years we have endorsed over 100 teachers and have 100% placement ratio to serve the Southwest Missouri area. 

For more information please contact Ms. Peggy Day, 417.625.9688 or


Participating School Districts:

  • Carthage
  • Cassville
  • East Newton
  • Joplin
  • McDonald County
  • Monett
  • Neosho

ESOL Courses:

  • Provide high-quality instruction taught by TESOL certified professors
  • Are offered at convenient times, online or as hybrids
  • Meet the Missouri requirements for TESOL endorsement

The MSSU ESOL coursework (18 credit hours) includes the following:

  • Eng 301-Introduction to English Linguistics or
  • Educ 387-Grammar for Pedagogical Purposes
  • Educ 380-Theories of Teaching English as a Second Language
  • Educ 381-Teaching in a Multicultural Society
  • Educ 480-Methods and Techniques for TESOL
  • Educ 481-Material Development and Assessment for TESOL
  • Educ 482-Practicum for TESOL
  • Course Listings

**According to the Missouri Migrant Education and English Language Learning (MELL) Program, the non-English language population has grown sharply, increasing by 86% from 2000 to 2005.