Promote learning in young children


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

Successful completion of the program requires 30 credit hours of required course work.

The chart below shows when the courses are traditionally offered. Courses are 3 credit hours each, unless stated otherwise. The University reserves the right to change or cancel courses as needed.

Note Students beginning in the Fall of 2018 will follow the course planner below. LTC Core courses will begin being offered in the fall of 2018, and students should adjust their schedules accordingly. Students already progressing through the program during this transition phase should consult with Dr. Arend to arrange any needed course substitutions and to ensure that their course of study meets their educational goals


LTC Core Courses (9 credit hours)
LTC 8900 Seminar: Curriculum DevelopmentXXX
LTC 8900 Seminar: Culturally Responsive PedagogyXXX
LTC 8900 Seminar: Master's Capstone
1 credit hour
LTC 8915 Classroom Research
2 credit hours
Early Childhood Education Core Courses (15 credit hours)
ESC_PS 7160 Developmental Aspects of Human LearningXXX
LTC 8612 Advanced Early Childhood Curriculum   
LTC 8613 Advanced Assessment in Early ChildhoodX  
LTC 8614 Language and Early Literacy Development X 
LTC 8600 Home-School Partnerships: Working with Families X 
Electives (6 credit hours)
SPC_ED 8350 Research with Exceptional Children XX
SPC_ED 8440 Advanced Behavior Management: Applied Behavior AnalysisX  
SPC_ED 8485 Introduction and Methods of Early InterventionX  
SPC_ED 8495 Introduction and Methods of Early Childhood Special Education X 
SPC_ED 8605 Young Children with Autism   A

X = full semester, A = 1st half of semester, B = 2nd half of semester

Post-baccalaureate enrollment

Prior to acceptance into the program, you may enroll as a post-baccalaureate (formerly nondegree-seeking) student in up to 12 credit hours. Enrollment does not guarantee acceptance. Learn more about nondegree-seeking university student admissions.


The University of Missouri is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States. College of Education is a member of the Teacher Education Accreditation Council.

State authorization

States require that the University of Missouri be authorized to deliver university-level distance/online education to their residents. Each state handles this process differently.

Please see our state authorization page.

How to apply

  1. Fulfill the admission requirements:

    • Completed bachelor’s degree in education or a related field from a regionally accredited institution.
    • Two years of teaching experience in a related field
    • Minimum GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate education.
    • If English is not your native language, please submit a TOEFL score of at least 80 (internet-based test) or an IELTS score of at least 6.5.
  2. Mark your calendar

  3. Submit your application in time.

    Application dates

    To start classes in Apply by Classes begin
    Fall May 1 August
    Spring Oct. 1 January
    Summer March 1 June
  4. Gather your papers

  5. Applying will be easier and faster if you gather these required documents beforehand:

    • Transcripts of all previous college or university education. Upload unofficial transcripts in your online application. If you are accepted, you will be asked to provide official transcripts.
    • Résumé or CV.
    • Two letters of recommendation. In the online application, you will need to supply names and contact details of two people who can attest to your professional competence, academic preparation and potential for graduate work. One letter should be from a college or university professor who can discuss your academic abilities, and one should be from an administrator or colleague who can describe authoritatively your professional experience and potential. If your GPA is below 3.0 or you are an international student (have an international transcript), three letters are required. Graduate Studies will contact your references with instructions regarding the letters.
    • Personal data sheet including biographical information, especially professional experience. In your statement of purpose (No. 29), please describe your professional goals, career objectives, your motivation for graduate work and other pertinent information.
    • TOEFL or IELTS score reports for applicants whose native language is not English.
    • Please feel free to submit any other materials that you feel would give a clearer picture of your qualifications.
  6. Complete the online application

  7. Carefully follow the instructions on the application site.

    • Upload the above documents in the online application
    • Degree/Delivery: Masters- Distance (Online/Remote Site/etc.)
    • Academic Program: Learning, Teaching & Curriculum/Early Childhood Education-Distance (MEd)
    • TOEFL or IELTS scores: Institution Code 6875 (if applicable)

    Apply Here

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