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).
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
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
- The teacher understands the central concepts, structures, and tools of inquiry of the discipline(s) and creates learning experiences that make these aspects of subject matter meaningful and engaging for all students.
- The teacher understands how students learn, develop and differ in their approaches to learning. The teacher provides learning opportunities that are adapted to diverse learners and supports the intellectual, social, and personal development of all students.
- The teacher recognizes the importance of long-range planning and curriculum development. The teacher develops, implements, and evaluates curriculum based upon student, district and state standards data.
- The teacher uses a variety of instructional strategies and resources to encourage students’ critical thinking, problem solving, and performance skills.
- The teacher uses an understanding of individual/group motivation and behavior to create a learning environment that encourages active engagement in learning, positive social interaction, and self-motivation.
- The teacher models effective verbal, nonverbal, and media communication techniques with students, colleagues and families to foster active inquiry, collaboration, and supportive interaction in the classroom.
- The teacher understands and uses formative and summative assessment strategies to assess the learner’s progress and uses both classroom and standardized assessment data to plan ongoing instruction. The teacher monitors the performance of each student, and devises instruction to enable students to grow and develop, making adequate academic progress.
|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.
ADMISSION TO M.S.Ed., ELL
1. Complete application for admission and pay application cost. (See US Citizens Application) .
3. Have your official undergraduate transcript and any graduate program transcripts submitted to the
- What is your definition of effective teaching?
- Describe a time in which you faced a professional dilemma and explain how you handled the situation.
- In your opinion, what are the 3 biggest challenges that English Language Learners face in our school system? How can teachers help them overcome these challenges?
5. Submit to email@example.com a current resume.
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.
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
Steps to Graduation
To ensure timely processing of your graduation application, please be aware of graduation deadlines.
- Complete all coursework with a 3.0 GPA or higher.
- 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.
- Contact your adviser, and they will process your graduation checklist and route it to the Registrar's Office.
- After the Graduation Checklist is received by the Registrar, a confirmation email will be sent to your university email account.
- If you are attending the ceremony, you will receive a prompt in Lionet to order your cap and gown.
- 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.
- Complete Department of Education departmental program exit survey.