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English and Philosophy Testimonials
English and Philosophy Testimonials
English and Philosophy Testimonials
English and Philosophy Testimonials
English and Philosophy Testimonials
English and Philosophy Testimonials


Graduate Programs in TESL


The faculty and staff of the Department of English and Philosophy at the University of Central Missouri (UCM) would like to thank you for your interest in our master's of arts (MA) degree or our graduate certificate program in teaching English as a second language (TESL).

About Us

Since the fall of 1988, UCM has offered graduate courses for teachers and future teachers of English as a second/foreign language (ESL/EFL).  These courses are designed to provide professional preparation for individuals who wish to teach English learners in the United States and/or abroad.  UCM’s TESL faculty were members of the group that helped develop the Missouri K-12 certification in teaching English to speakers of other languages (ESOL), which was approved in May of 1990 by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).

UCM offers two TESL programs:  the MA in TESL, which requires 33 credit hours (11 courses), and the Graduate Certificate, which requires 21 credit hours (7 courses).  Both programs include the courses that fulfill DESE’s professional education requirements for adding K-12 ESOL certification to an existing Missouri teaching certificate.

Admission Requirements

For acceptance into our TESL programs, non-native speakers of English must score above 565 on the paper version of the International Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or have an equivalent score on the computer or internet-based versions of that test (above 225 or 85, respectively).  All applicants must have an undergraduate grade-point average of 2.70 or above.

To learn more about UCM's graduate program in TESL, download the TESL Student Handbook.  After you’ve had a chance to review the information in the handbook, if you have questions, please contact Dr. Christina Kitson, TESL Program Coordinator.  Her office phone number is 660-543-4425, and her email address is

Requirements for the MA in TESL
Requirements for the Graduate Certificate
Certification for K-12 ESOL in the State of Missouri