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Delivery of this program is 100 percent online: no campus visits are required. However, you may choose to enroll in electives that require face-to-face meetings on campus.

Successful completion of the program requires 30 credit hours: 9 credit hours in the Learning Teaching and Curriculum Core, 12 from the English Education Core, and 9 from electives. At least 16 credit hours must be at the 8000 level.

The chart below shows when the courses are traditionally offered. You may take courses in any order. Please note that some courses are offered only in ODD (e.g., 2017) or EVEN (e.g., 2018) years. Courses are 3 credit hours each, unless stated otherwise. The University reserves the right to change or cancel courses as needed.


LTC Core Courses (9 credit hours)
LTC 8913 Curriculum DevelopmentXXX
LTC 8914 Culturally Responsive PedagogyXXX
LTC 8900 Seminar: Masters Capstone
1 credit hour
LTC 8915 Classroom Research
2 credit hours
English Education Core Courses (12 credit hours)
LTC 8641 Foundations of English EducationEven  
LTC 8640 Teaching English Language in Secondary Schools Odd 
LTC 8636 Teaching Literature Odd  
LTC 8617 Teaching Writing in Middle and Secondary Classroom Even 
Electives (9 credit hours)
ENGLSH 7100 Genres X 
ENGLSH 7140 Modern Literature X 
ENGLSH 7179 Comparative Approaches to Literature, 1890-Present   
ENGLSH 7220 Renaissance and 17th-Century English LiteratureX  
ENGLSH 7310 19th-Century American Literature
American Novel to 1900
ENGLSH 7611 The Story of English: Medieval to Modern  X
LTC 8618 Writing, Reading and Teaching NonfictionEven  
LTC 8619 Media Literacy  Even
LTC 8900 Seminar: Critical Literacy across the CurriculumX  
LTC 8900 Seminar: Reading, Writing, Teaching the Graphic Novel  Odd
LTC 8681 Making a Difference for the Struggling Reader
Grades 6-12
LTC 8687 Literacy and the Internet
Grades K-12
LTC 8675 Foundations of Reading Instruction  XX
ESC_PS 7160 Developmental Aspects of Human LearningXXX
IS_LT 9467 Technology to Enhance LearningBAX
ED_LPA 8428 Curriculum Leadership   
Consult your advisor for additional electives that match your interests and needs.   

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

Note This program is not appropriate for you if you are seeking course work towards TESOL, EFL or ELL certification. However, if you already have teaching certification in the state of Missouri, the department does offer a 21-hour Missouri ESOL certification preparation program.

Teaching Dual Credit Courses

Students interested in earning English graduate credits toward the requirement for teaching dual-enrollment high school/college English courses have the option of taking electives that count toward those credits. More information on online English graduate courses is available here.

Post-baccalaureate enrollment

Prior to acceptance into the program, you may enroll as a post-baccalaureate (formerly nondegree-seeking) student in up to 9 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. The 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 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. See note regarding letters of recommendation below.
    • If English is not your native language, please submit a TOEFL score of at least 80 (internet-based test), an IELTS score of at least 6.5, a Pearson Test of English (PTE) score of at least 59 or a Cambridge C1 Advanced score of at least 180.
    • Application to this program does require you to submit GRE scores. If you have not taken the GRE in the past five years, now is the time to do so.
  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

    International students should apply by Mar. 1 for fall, Oct. 1 for spring and Feb. 1 for summer.

  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.
    • GRE scores.
    • 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. The Graduate School will contact your references with instructions regarding the letters.
    • Personal data sheet and brief statement of purpose regarding your reasons for undertaking graduate study, including career objectives, motivation for advanced level studies and other pertinent information.
    • TOEFL, IELTS, PTE or C1 Advanced score reports for applicants whose native language is not English. For information on sending test scores, visit the Grad School website.
    • 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 and Curriculum/English Education-Distance (MEd)

    Apply Here

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