M. Ed. Language & Literacy ELL Emphasis


Experienced, certified teachers who wish to strengthen their skills in the areas of literacy and language development and work with students and teachers in the area of ELL.

What You Learn:

The M.Ed. in Language and Literacy with emphasis on ELL is designed with the following:

Area of Emphasis: Preparation of teachers of English Language Learners. This area of emphasis is for educators desiring ELL linguistics and second language acquisition basics as well as ELL methods, materials, and assessments for work in public and private schools. This degree program meets the National TESOL Standards as well as DESE ELL Standards. This program leads to Missouri ELL certification. * This certificate is not available as an initial certificate; candidates must already have an initial teaching certification.

How You Learn:

Face-to-Face: This is a hybrid cohort program. For five nights out of each 8 week course, class will be held from 5:00 to 10:00, the same night of the week for the entire program. These class meetings will be supplemented by additional online activities which may include assignments, materials, discussion threads, assessments and/or group activities completed electronically outside of class. You will finish one course every 8 weeks. Following this schedule, you will complete the program in approximately 2 years.

Online: This is an online cohort program. There are no weekly class meetings required; instead, you will log in to the online courseroom to complete assignments, participate in discussion topics, and other online activities designed by your professor. You will finish one 3 credit course every 8 weeks. Following this schedule, you will complete the program in approximately 2 years with built in breaks.

Career Outcomes:

Upon completion of this program, students will earn a Master of Education with an emphasis in Language and Literacy and be eligible for Missouri ELL certification.*

Degree Requirements:

English Language Learners Teacher Track

Course Title Hours
ED545 Teaching Reading to Linguistically Diverse Learners 3
ED546 Advanced Diagnosis and Remediation of Reading Difficulties 3
ED652 English Language Learners Practicum 3
ED509 Language and Culture 3
ED520 Special Needs in the Classroom 3
ED552 Linguistics for English Language Learners 3
ED562 Principles of Second Language Learners 3
ED582 Methods for Teaching English Language Learners 3
ED584 Curriculum for Teaching English Language Learners 3
ED607 Assessment Strategies for English Language Learners 3
ELECTIVE [Elective will be chosen for entire cohort]  
  Total Hours: 30

Please Note:

Students must demonstrate completion of coursework (or the equivalent) in Psychology/Education of the Exceptional Child as part of their bachelor’s degree program in order to meet Missouri ELL certification requirements. Students who do not meet this requirement as part of their undergraduate coursework will be required to take ED520 Special Needs in the Classroom (or the equivalent coursework from another institution) in order to be eligible for ELL certification. The above course outline is tentative and subject to change. New cohorts for this degree program form once a year and begin their coursework in the fall semester.