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Northwest Missouri State University

Master of Science in Education: Teaching English Language Learners

The Masters Degree in Teaching ELL is a 32 credit hour program. This degree is recommended for mainstream elementary and secondary teachers of English language learners who do not already have a Masters degree in a related field.

English Language Learners and ELL Certification

Northwest offers an add-on certification for ELL/ESOL. ELL Certification is a 21 hour program and recommended for mainstream elementary and secondary teachers who have English language learners in their classes and have completed a Masters degree in Education.

Admission Requirements

  • A minimum overall undergraduate GPA of 2.75 OR an overall undergraduate GPA of 2.50-2.74 AND a 3.25 GPA on eight hours of required graduate coursework at Northwest in the major program.

  • Valid teaching certification

  • Writing Sample (3.5 or higher on CUNY scales)
    • Optional for students who complete the certification coursework prior to moving to the MSEd

  • GRE (280 combined score or higher on revised assessment)
    • Alternative to GRE for teachers teaching two years or more is PRAXIS/MO Content Assessment passing scores and two letters of recommendation

Nissa Ingraham

Dr. Nissa Ingraham
School of Education
Northwest Missouri State University
800 University Drive
Maryville, MO 64468-6001
Phone: 660.562.1776


Requisites for Certification and/or elective options for MSEd

62-631 Ed of Exceptional Child
62-553 Teaching Reading in Secondary School
62-654 Analysis & Correction of Rdg Disabilities

Core Courses (lead to certification)

61-569 Multiculturalism in Ed or 62-687 Sociolinguistics 3
62-580 Methods & Techniques of Teaching ELL/ESOL 3
62-582 Linguistics and Teaching ELL/ESOL 3
62-680 Theories of Language Acquisition 3
62-682 Materials & Curriculum Design for Teaching ELL/ESOL 3
62-686 Practicum: Teaching ELL/ESOL 3
62-692 Assessment Strategies for Teaching ELL/ESOL 3

MSEd Education Requirements

61-649 Issues in Ed or 61-695 Philosophy in Ed 3
61-682 Methods of Ed Research 2
61-683 Research Paper 1
62-688 English for Language Learners OR 3
Modern English (10-500 or 600 level)
Elective Options 2-3

Total Hours


For current course offerings, times, and dates please refer to the below link. Be sure to select the correct term/trimester while searching. Type in the five digit course number without dashes into the "Course Number" square and click "Get Class Openings".

Course Offerings on CatPAWS

Please check CatPAWS frequently for updated course offering dates and times.

To fulfill all requirements for class enrollment, please register at least 3 weeks in advance. Order your books early from the Bearcat Bookstore.

Comprehensive Final


Minor Requirements

All certification courses required by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education are also required by the MSEd, unless the student has the certification requisite courses completed in their undergraduate program, at that point, graduate level electives may be approved by the program coordinator for meeting MSEd requirements.

Total hours: 32-33 hours