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Quick facts

  • Program type: Master’s degree
  • Academic home: College of Education | Department of Learning, Teaching & Curriculum
  • Delivery mode: 100 percent online
  • Credit hours: 33
  • Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission, Teacher Education Accreditation Council
  • Estimated program cost: $13,447.50*

*This cost is for illustrative purposes only. Your hours and costs will differ, depending on your transfer hours, course choices at Mizzou and your academic progress. See more about tuition and financial aid.

Get the degree you deserve

A master’s degree in literacy education from MU can help you advance your career in reading instruction. If you want to better serve students in overcoming their challenges in reading and writing, this may be the program for you.

Career prospects

6%
Employment growth1
25%
Average salary increase2

1 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Kindergarten and Elementary School Teachers

2 Percentage by which the average base salary of a full-time teacher in a U.S. public elementary or secondary school with a master’s degree exceeds that of a teacher with a bachelor’s degree, 2007–08. Snyder, T.D., and Dillow, S.A. (2011). Digest of Education Statistics 2010 (NCES 2011-015). National Center for Education Statistics, Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education. Washington, D.C.

This degree has potential benefits for

  • Language arts teachers
  • Reading development instructors
  • Remedial reading instructors
  • Special education teachers
  • Title I reading instructors

Program structure and topics

Delivery of this program is 100 percent online: no campus visits are required.

Courses are semester-based. Take the courses when you choose, as suits your busy schedule.

Most students study part time, taking two classes per semester, and earn their master’s degrees in just two years.

Course work covers

  • Developmental aspects of human learning
  • Reading and writing processes and pedagogical practices
  • Fundamentals of language development from birth to adolescence
  • Techniques and strategies for teaching reading K–12
  • Understanding and conducting research in reading

In-state tuition rates

As a distance learner in a University of Missouri graduate program, you qualify for in-state tuition rates, regardless of where you live.

Ask us about this program

This program is administered by the Department of Learning, Teaching and Curriculum.