Program Description

The Show Me Multiliteracy project disseminates best practices to school teams and develops educators’ capacity to support emerging multilingual students’ literacy development in both English and in their home languages.

TESOL Graduate Online Program for Teachers   - 

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Our program allows in-service teachers to become highly qualified leaders for multilingual students by earning the Missouri K-12 ELL endorsement in a customized standards-based TESOL program at Missouri State University. 

Length of the ELL Endorsement program 

The ELL Endorsement series provides a 30-hour graduate-level experience which on average will take two years to complete with TESOL English courses generally lasting 8 weeks each. 


When participants complete the program, they will have a TESOL Graduate Certificate from Missouri State University, and they will have completed all the requirements for the Missouri K-12 ELL Endorsement which is awarded by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (MO DESE). 

Course delivery method 

The program is delivered online, except for the hybrid TESOL practicum (which is completed in the participant's own classroom with English learners). 

Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies Option 

There is an option to complete two additional courses (6 credit hours) to earn a Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies in the areas of English Language Teaching and Literacy Education. This credential requires the completion of 700-level courses, so the advanced levels of the assessment (ENG 796) and practicum (ENG 797) courses would be part of the degree plan for those who choose to earn a master's degree with the TESOL coursework. The graduate college has a 3.0 GPA criteria for admission and requires a research/capstone experience as part of the master’s program. 

TESOL Graduate Certificate Online Program - Entrance Criteria 

  • hold current Missouri teacher certification 
  • have English Learners in classroom or in current school context 
  • meet requirements for MSU English Department graduate admission 
  • hold a bachelor’s degree from accredited institution with a minimum 2.75 GPA 
  • complete GRADCAS application process 
  • submit official transcripts to MSU graduate college 
  • request DESE Deficiency Report 
  • send copy of DESE Deficiency Report to the SMM team 

Show Me Multiliteracy Scholarship 

Twenty-six scholarships will be offered for the second cohort of Show Me Multiliteracy, which will start August 2024. 

The Show Me Multiliteracy Scholarship covers tuition, fees, textbooks, and instructional coaching for participants to complete the 30 hours of graduate-level coursework that is required for the Missouri K-12 ELL endorsement. 

Optional: If a scholarship recipient elects to earn a master's degree with the TESOL coursework, they can take two additional courses to complete the Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies in English Language Teaching and Literacy Education. These two courses would be self-pay by the applicant. However, Show Me Multiliteracy can cover the cost of one additional 700-level course, LTC 760 Multilingual Approaches to Literacy. 

SMM Scholarship Eligibility Criteria 

Applicants who meet all eligibility criteria will be reviewed by the Scholarship Committee for consideration to receive a scholarship 

  • accepted into the TESOL Graduate Certificate Online Program 
  • earned a minimum 2.75 (preference given to 3.0 GPA) 
  • employed by a partner district listed below: 
    •        Branson 
    •        Kansas City Public Schools 
    •        Monett 
    •        Neosho 
    •        NKC 
    •        SPS
    • Note: Leaving employment at a partner district may result in loss of continued scholarship funding. 
  • submit a signed form from school administrator confirming continued access to work with English learners for the duration of the scholarship program 
  • submit a professional letter of recommendation addressing the applicant’s qualifications to complete the program as well as observations of the applicant’s willingness to work with multilingual students and engage with their families 
  • submit a statement of purpose that the applicant is prepared to meet the rigors of the fast-paced graduate program 
  • complete all application steps and, if granted the scholarship, submit in a timely manner all forms and surveys required for the purposes of the SMM federal grant 

Scholarship Cohorts

·       Cohort I (Fall 2022 - Summer 2024)

·       Cohort II (Fall 2024 - Summer 2026)

Missouri K-12 ELL Endorsement Requirements

21 credit hours in TESOL:

Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
ENG 605 Methods in TESOL 3
ENG 688 Sociolinguistics for Language Teaching 3
ENG 690 Grammatical Analysis 3
ENG 691 Linguistic Theory 3
ENG 695 Principles of Second Language Acquisition 3
ENG 696 Materials and Assessment in TESOL 3
ENG 697 Practicum in TESOL 3

9 credit hours in Special Education and Literacy:

Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
SPE 310 or SPE 715 Education of the Exceptional Child 3
LTC 474 or LTC 710 Teaching Reading and Writing 3
LTC 574 or LTC 640 Instructional Interventions for Students with Reading Difficulties 3

The Show Me Multiliteracy grant project is 100% supported by federal funds through the National Professional Development Grant program of the U.S. Department of Education Office of English Language Acquisition ($2,999,665 for FY 2021-26).