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Northwest Missouri State University

Master of Science in Education Teaching

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.

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.

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.
  • Submit valid teaching certificate (or statement of deficiencies)
  • Successful completion of the Analytical Writing Assessment* (read, summarize and critique a pre-selected scholarly journal article that is evaluated using a writing scoring guide based on the Modified CUNY Scales) conducted by the department during the first trimester of enrollment. If the student has taken the GRE, a score of 3.5 or higher on the Writing section may be substituted for the Analytical Writing Assessment requirement. A student who has successfully completed the ELL certificate program is exempt from the writing assessment.
  • Alternative GRE requirement for experienced teachers:
    • In-service teachers (with more than two years of teaching experience - PRAXIS II score and one letter of recommendation from a current administrator who has completed a performance-based annual evaluation of the candidate's ability).
    • In-service teachers who were certified prior to the PRAXIS II requirement - submit two letters of recommendation (one from a current administrator and one from a professional colleague; the administrator must have completed a performance-based annual evaluation of the applicant's ability).
  • GRE requirements:
    • New teachers (one-two years of teaching experience) or international students - take and pass GRE (minimum combined score of 700 on the verbal and quantitative sections).
  • Complete Approved Program Form with advisor

*The Analytical Writing Assessment has been revised to include a measure of reading and critical thinking.

Nissa IngrahamDepartment Contact

Dr. Nissa Ingraham
Department of Professional Education
Northwest Missouri State University
800 University Drive
Maryville, MO 64468-6001
Phone: 660.541.2333

General Requirements for ELL Certification

~Valid Missouri teaching certificate
~ Psychology and/or Education of the Exceptional Child
~Basic Reading Techniques for Secondary Teachers
~ Minimum of 21 semester hours including the following:
61-569 Multiculturalism in Education OR
    62-687 Sociolinguistics 3
62-580 Methods of Teaching ELL 3
62-582 Linguistics & Teaching ELL/ESOL 3
62-680 Theories of Language Acquisition 3
62-682 Materials & Assessment for Teaching ELL/ESOL 3
62-686 Practicum: Teaching ELL/ESOL 3
62-504 Creating Inclusive Classrooms OR
    Approved Elective  3
Certification Total 21
Additional Required courses for M.S.ED. Teaching ELL
Core Requirements
61-649 Issues in Education OR
    61-695 Philosophy of Education 3
61-682 Methods of Educational Research 2
61-683 Research Paper 1
Subject Field Requirements
10-403 Modern English (Linguistics) OR
    62-688 English for Language Learners 3
Elective Options 2-3
Program Total 32-33

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