TESOL Certification

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Certification Requirements for English For Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), (GRADES K-12)

DESE Application for Additional Certificates of License to Teach

1. General Requirements

  • A valid Missouri permanant or professional certificate of license to teach;

2. Professional Requirements

  • Psychology and/or Education of the Exceptional Child (including the Gifted); and
  • Basic Reading Techniques for Secondary Teachers; and

3. Professional Requirements for ESOL

  • Linguistics and English Linguistics
  • Language and Culture or Sociolinguistics
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Methods of Teaching Second Language Students
  • Material for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages and the Assessment of Speakers of Other Languages
  • ESOL Practicum and
  • Elective Course work

**Teachers may choose additional courses from such areas as English language, reading, composition, early childhood education, bilingual education or advanced second language mehtods according to the needs of their teaching situation.