If you are a certified teacher who teaches English learner students in U.S. K-12 schools, you may choose to become a specialist in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages).
This career path may allow you to focus on the development of immigrant and refugee children and their families, as well as children who are U.S. born but whose home language is other than English (such as Spanish, Hmong, Navaho). As a TESOL specialist, you may serve as a classroom teacher or a building and district ELL specialist.
Continue your education, with the completion of the 15-credit certificate, and earn the Missouri K-12 ELL Endorsement (30 credits) and/or the MSIS in English Language Teaching and Literacy Education (36 credits).
All coursework for these credentials is available online. The course delivery is accelerated with 8-week courses and a 5-week early summer session. The 15-credit certificate takes three semesters to complete (fall, spring, summer).
The cohort model of program delivery may allow you to develop a strong network with colleagues and collaboratively address practical challenges within your own classroom and building.