The U.S. Department of Education has awarded the MU College of Education a $1.3 million grant to prepare teachers about 100 teachers in Missouri to teach students who do not speak English as their native language.
The English Language Learning in Missouri (ELL-MO) will provide teachers throughout Missouri with classes in the fall, winter, and summer sessions at the MU College of Education in order to become certified in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), in addition to the culture and background of the primary types of foreign students.
Roy Fox, chair of the Department of Learning, Teaching and Curriculum in the MU College of Education, said that in 2005, the number of students in Missouri that did not speak English as their native language was 20,000.
To enter into the program, teachers will have to apply. The MU College of Education said that priority will be given to teachers that work in central Missouri’s most highly-impacted districts, currently teach at least some English language learners, have solid computer skills, and can work independently. An article on the MU College of Education website state that interested teachers should contact Jill Sappington at 573-882-8394 for more information.