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Master of Science in Education, English Language Learners (ELL)


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English Language Learner (ELL)

Missouri School English Language Learner Teacher Certificate Program


The mission of the Teacher Education Department is to develop reflective educators for a global society.


The MSSU Teacher Education faculty and staff are dedicated to developing competent teachers who will incorporate into their classrooms a strong foundation of knowledge and pedagogy, a lifelong love of teaching and learning, and motivation to improve practice through reflection, self-study, and professional development.  It is our goal to assure that all candidates become ethical classroom practitioners and cognizant of the need to help all students meet their full learning potential.  All Teacher Education programs have been approved by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), and the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).


This M.S.Ed, ELL program follows a cohort structure allowing two courses per semester (6 credit hours).  All courses are offered online.  This degree is designed for teachers who wish to obtain Missouri ELL certification or other educators who wish to increase knowledge and skills in the ELL field.  There are 21 content knowledge hours required for certification and then students may choose 15 additional credit hours from the list of Teacher Education electives below.  The content knowledge courses are the only certification requirements if the student has already met the psychology/exceptional child and literacy requirements (most often met with a B.S.E.)   The entire degree can be completed in 2 years (fall, spring, and summer).

Program Learning Goals

Master of Science in Education ELL K-12 Certification 36 credit hours
ELL CONTENT KNOWLEDGE (required for certification*)  
EDUC 587 Advanced Grammar for Pedagogical 3
EDUC 583 Advanced Second Language Acquisition 3
EDUC 581 Advanced Language and Culture (Sociolinguistics) 3
EDUC 580 Advanced Instructional Techniques for Teaching ELL 3
EDUC 584 Advanced Curriculum Development for Teaching ELL 3
EDUC 585 Advanced Assessment Strategies for ELL 3
EDUC 582 Advanced Practicum for Teaching ELL 3
ELECTIVES (Choose 15 credit hours)  
EDUC 601 Current Issues 3
EDUC 635 School Law 3
EDUC 650 Research Design  3
EDUC 660 Teacher Leadership 3
EDUC 605 Educational Technology 3
EDUC 620 Advanced Learning Theories 3
EDUC 640 Curriculum Construction 3
EDUC 615 Managing Classroom Environment 3
EDUC 630 Assessment of Student Learning 3
EDUC 645 Improvement of Instruction 3
EDUC 625 Advanced Content Area Literacy 3
EDUC 602 Advanced Exceptional Child 3

*ELL content knowledge coursework leads to ELL certification assuming certain requirements have been met.  See specific requirements for ELL certification here.

2017 - 2018 Catalog Master of Science in Education - English Language Learner K-12


   1.  Complete application for admission and pay application cost. (See US Citizens Application) .

   2.    Possess and earned baccalaureate degree in a related field from an institution accredited by agencies
          recognized by Missouri Southern State University.

   3.  Have your official undergraduate transcript and any graduate program transcripts submitted to the
         MSSU Admissions Office at or mailed to Admissions at 3950 E. Newman Road, Joplin,
         MO  64801.  Undergraduate and graduate transcripts must show a minimum overall grade point average of
         3.00. (2.75 for tentative admission) effective for FAll 2018 applicants not approved by May 1, 2018.
  4.  Submit to a writing prompt (between 500-1,000 words) that answers the following

  5.  Submit to a current resume.  

  6.  Three references are needed. Use the student form here and the reference form here.   The reference form link
        will need to be  shared with 3 persons that are references for the applicant. One  education administrator and
        two professional education colleague submissions are needed for the student application file.
  7.  A video recording, no longer than 5 minutes, of candidate describing:
                  Introduction of self
                  Professional background
                  Professional goals
                 Reason for applying to the program
      Submit to or mail to Teacher Education Graduate Program, 3950 E Newman Road,
      Joplin, MO  64801
8.  A copy of current teaching certificate.
Application materials are due by:
              August 1 for the Fall Semester.
             January 1 for the Spring Semester.
             May 1 for the Summer Semester.

Financial Aid

Students who wish to apply for financial aid for a graduate program  should complete the free application for student aid (FAFSA) and list the Missouri Southern State University school code; 002488.  For graduate students 6 to 8 hours is considered part time and 9 or more hours is considered full time. 

Stafford Loans can be used for graduate studies until the award is exhausted, provided that the student is degree-seeking.

Lion Pride Tuition :  Students in M.S.Ed. programs are eligible for Lion Pride tuition grants in-state tuition to students from Arkansas, Kansas, Oklahoma, Illinois, Iowa, Tennessee, Kentucky, Nebraska and Texas.
 TEACH grants are available to graduate studies in Teacher Education; however the funding; is linked to federal budget funding, so the amount of award funds may fluctuate. 

Books and tuition are subject to change annually.  Tuition chart


In-State and Lion Pride Tuition  - $350 per credit hour  

Out of State Tuition - $350 per credit hour

Comprehensive Examination Cost – cost assessed by semester

Other applicable university costs

Steps to Graduation

To ensure timely processing of your graduation application, please be aware of graduation deadlines.

  1. Complete all coursework with a 3.0 GPA or higher. 
  2. Visit Lionet to submit your electronic graduation application in the term prior to graduation.  Go to the Student Quick Links>Student Menu>Student Records>Apply to Graduate.  A one-time, graduation cost will be assessed and must be paid, regardless of student participation in the commencement exercise.
  3. Contact your adviser, and they will process your graduation checklist and route it to the Registrar's Office.
  4. After the Graduation Checklist is received by the Registrar, a confirmation email will be sent to your university email account. 
  5. If you are attending the ceremony, you will receive a prompt in Lionet to order your cap and gown.
  6. The graduate program student must successfully complete the Comprehensive Final Exam. The Teacher Education Department will notify the student with specific date and time of the exam.
  7. Complete Department of Education departmental program exit survey.

Contact Us

For more information contact program coordinator   Carissa Gober, Ed.D.
Dr. Carissa Gober, M.S. Ed ELL Coordinator
Missouri Southern State University
Gene Taylor Education Building
3950 E. Newman Road, Joplin, MO  64801
Office: 417.625.9676 
Program Email:

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