English Language Learners


Experienced, certified teachers who wish to strengthen their skills in the areas of literacy and language development.

What You Learn:

The M.Ed. in Language and Literacy with certification degree is designed with two areas of emphasis, for two types of educators:

Area of Emphasis 1: Special Reading Teacher Track with Reading Specialist certification here

Area of Emphasis 2:  English Language Learners Teacher Track with ELL certification: This area of emphasis is for educators desiring ELL linguistics and second language acquisition basics as well as ELL methods, materials, and assessments for 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 be certified teachers.

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 have earned a Master of Education degree with an emphasis in Language and Literacy and will be eligible for Missouri ELL certification.

Degree Requirements:

English Language Learners Teacher Track

Course Title Hours
ED 519 Diversity in Classroom 3
ED 545 Teaching Reading to Linguistically Diverse Readers 3
ED 546 Advanced Diagnosis & Remediation of Reading Difficulties 3
ED 552 Linguistics for ELL Teachers 3
ED 562 Principles of Second Language Learning 3
ED 582 Methods/Materials for Teaching ELL 3
ED 608 Assessment 3
ED 641 Literacy Practicum I 3
ED 651 Literacy Practicum II 3
ELECTIVE [Elective will be chosen for entire cohort] 3
  Total Hours: 30

Please Note:

This course schedule is subject to change

Students must demonstrate completion of coursework in Special Education as a part of their bachelor’s degree program in order to be certified. Students who do not meet this requirement will be required to take ED520 Special Needs in the Classroom in order to be certified. This course outline is tentative and subject to change.

ELL is only offered once a year as a Fall starting program.