Quantcast

MSSU Adds English Language Learners Masters Degree to Meet Deman - KOAM TV 7

MSSU Adds English Language Learners Masters Degree to Meet Demand

Updated:


     The population of southwest Missouri schools is becoming more and more diverse.  That includes a number of students whose first language isnt English.
     So Missouri Southern State University is adding a new degree to help teachers reach those students.
Keli Moore is an education major at MSSU.  But she's also taking extra hours now to be certified in English Language Learning.
Moore said,
I want to be able to relate to my students in every area and if I have this certification, I can also reach the students that would need to connect more than some others can."
Natalie Unterseher is another undergraduate taking certification hours. She said, "Teaching English language is a passion of mine. I tutored in high school and I kind of want to continue with that beyond college."


Now the university is combining the certification with other classes to create an English Language Learners Master's degree.
Maggie Beachner, with the MSSU Teacher Education Department said, "If they want to teach math, or if they want to teach elementary, we're trying to get the word out, get your masters in it. And you'll already have your graduate degree but be able to better serve those students because no matter what content you teach, you're going to   have English learners in your classroom most likely."


Southern is responding to a need at local school districts.
Traci Mitchell, the junior and senior high school principal in Wheaton, Missouri said, "We actually have a position open right now. We
re looking for an ESL (English as second language)  teacher  and were struggling, struggling to find someone with the certification.


Mitchell says districts also need teachers with a master's to teach dual credit classes.
And there's also a financial incentive for current teachers to go back to school.
Carthage Schools Assistant Superintendent of Instruction Kandy Frazier said,  "Most school districts pay more once you get your master
s degree and if youre gonna put the course work in it would be nice that it be graduate credits."
That fact may lead undergraduates like Natalie to switch from certification only to  the masters.
Unterseher said,
I think its more marketable to the schools if you have that masters degree under your belt."


The classes are all online making it convenient for those already working in the classroom.  Beachner said, "They're able to take the classes within their schedules. Its going to be flexible so we know thats going to be helpful."
     Online classes for the English Language Learners Master's program begin next summer.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 12-13-17

    KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 12-13-17

    Wednesday, December 13 2017 8:57 AM EST2017-12-13 13:57:58 GMT
    FARMERS’ BILL OF RIGHTS Representatives from Missouri's Democratic party visit Joplin to discuss planned legislation for farmers.  Democrats have called their legislation the "Farmers’ Bill of Rights," and it includes three components.  One of them is the "right to rural opportunity."  Representatives from Missouri's Republican party issued a statement to KOAM and the statement did not address specific parts of the proposed legislation...More >>
    FARMERS’ BILL OF RIGHTS Representatives from Missouri's Democratic party visit Joplin to discuss planned legislation for farmers.  Democrats have called their legislation the "Farmers’ Bill of Rights," and it includes three components.  One of them is the "right to rural opportunity."  Representatives from Missouri's Republican party issued a statement to KOAM and the statement did not address specific parts of the proposed legislation...More >>
  • Missouri Democrats Propose "Farmer's Bill of Rights" During Joplin Visit

    Missouri Democrats Propose "Farmer's Bill of Rights" During Joplin Visit

    Tuesday, December 12 2017 8:05 PM EST2017-12-13 01:05:27 GMT

    Democrats hope to introduce this farming legislation to the Capitol in January.  

    More >>

    Democrats hope to introduce this farming legislation to the Capitol in January.  

    More >>
  • Family in Need to Get Help from Toybox and Salvation Army

    Family in Need to Get Help from Toybox and Salvation Army

    Tuesday, December 12 2017 5:31 PM EST2017-12-12 22:31:05 GMT

    We often say Christmas is for kids but that also includes teens and even they enjoy gifts.       A Carterville couple is working hard to make ends meet but the family will need help from the KOAM-TV Toybox  and the Salvation Army.  

    More >>

    We often say Christmas is for kids but that also includes teens and even they enjoy gifts.       A Carterville couple is working hard to make ends meet but the family will need help from the KOAM-TV Toybox  and the Salvation Army.  

    More >>
Powered by Frankly

KOAM - Licensed to Pittsburg, Kansas
Send tips, ideas and press releases to: tips@koamtv.com
Send newsroom questions or comments to: comments@koamtv.com
Phone: (417) 624-0233 or (620) 231-0400
Web comments or questions: webmaster@koamtv.com
Newsroom Fax: (417) 624-3158

Powered by WorldNow All content © Copyright 2000 - 2017 KOAM. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.