MO ESL Endorsement and Exam Requirements - Reciprocity Pathway

Missouri ESL Endorsement and Exam Requirements - Reciprocity Pathway

Missouri educators who wish to add subject areas that may not be added by exam, such as English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), must complete specific coursework to be eligible to add the endorsement. Refer to the Certification Requirements for ESOL.


Students in Missouri are required to first obtain certification in Utah prior to applying for an ESOL endorsement in Missouri:

(1) Apply for your initial license in Utah now. (After clicking the link, choose the "Out-of-State (OOS) License" tab.)

Note: This process may take several months. Students are encouraged to apply for their initial Utah license at the beginning of their program.
(2) Apply for the additional endorsement in Utah after completing your WGU endorsement program.

(3) Follow the  application instructions here to add your endorsement in Missouri.


In Missouri, this program leads to an endorsement in English for Speakers of Other Languages K-12

WGU Program Required ExamPraxis 5362, English to Speakers of Other Languages

You must pass this exam, or a WGU Program Requirement exam previously accepted for the English Language Learner program, in order to graduate from this program and be recommended for certification.

All WGU students in an ELL program must complete a 30 hour practicum. If you wish to receive a K-12 endorsement, you need to do your practicum at the K-12 level. 


Note: This program is state-approved in Utah, not Missouri. Therefore, students must first obtain their initial Utah teaching licenses and the ESOL endorsement before applying to add the endorsement to their Missouri licenses. 

Visit these links for important information:

General Information About Licensing in Missouri

Registering for Praxis Exams

Submitting Exam Scores to WGU

Adding an Endorsement to a Missouri Teaching Certificate




Article Number: 19814, 2263