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M.S.Ed., English Language Learners (ELL)

Teacher Education Master of Science Degree 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, 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 ELL program serves students who are pursuing Missouri ELL certification as well as those who are not interested in teacher certification.  ELL course content has broad application potential, including individuals in non-educational fields, such as; social work, community diversity outreach programs and private schools.  The entire degree can be completed in 2 years (fall, spring, and summer).

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

*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 fee. (See US Citizens Application)   The application is temporarily listed as TESOL.

2.     Submit to the MSSU Asmission Office your official undergraduate trancript showing a minimum overal grade point average of 3.00.  Graduate program transcripts
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3.      Possess an earned Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.E.) degree from a college or university accredited by agencies recognized by Missouri Southern State University.

4.      Submit three references; one from current principal and two from professional colleagues. (print three reference forms to distribute)

5.      Submit documentation of teacher certification.

6.      Submit to a written professional autobiography focused on the the applicant's professional goals.

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. 

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 Kansas, Oklahoma and Arkansas.

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, tuition and student fees are subject to change annually.

Tuition and Fees

In-State and *Lion Pride Tuition  - $250 per credit hour   Tuition and Fees chart

Out of State Tuition - $375 per credit hour

Graduate Program Fee - $20 per credit hour

Distance Education Fee - $64 per credit hour

Southern Student Identification, Lion Card - $10 (one time, unless reissued due to loss)

Health Center (optional) - $30 (graduate students taking six or fewer credit hours)

Recreational Center (optional) - $150 ($75 for graduate students taking six or fewer credit hours)

Comprehensive Examination Fee – fee assessed by semester

*Lion Pride Tuition Discount for in-state tuition includes all of Arkansas, Kansas and Oklahoma plus six additional counties in Illinois. **MSSU Student ID card is a one-time charge (except replacements)

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Dr. Carissa Gober, Ed.D.