A new Master of Science in Education English Language Learner program, designed for educators who would like to pursue certification in ELL, will help to meet the needs of students whose first language is not English.

The program will offer teachers courses in linguistics, second-language acquisition, diverse cultures, pedagogical implementation, assessment and professionalism in the ELL field. Courses will be offered online starting in the summer of 2017.

“We are developing this program because of the increasing ELL population in K-12 schools in Southwest Missouri,” says Dr. Deborah Brown, dean of the School of Education. “We want to help teachers meet the needs of their students.”