Increase proficiency in the classroom

Beth Diederich

Master of Education `18

While living and teaching in Santiago, Chile, Beth needed 100 percent online courses to fit into her busy schedule. When she wanted to gain skills to help her struggling readers, she found the University of Missouri's Literacy Education program. Through the program, she has gained confidence in her abilities as an educator and found a supportive professional network.

Cori Jett

Master of Education `17

Cori Jett loved the vast network of educators she encountered in her Literacy Education program at the University of Missouri. Peers from across the country shared up-to-date information that Cori could immediately apply to her classroom. The flexibility of earning a degree online allowed her to balance courses, family and a busy work life.

Quick facts

  • Program type: Master’s degree
  • Academic home: College of Education | Department of Learning, Teaching & Curriculum
  • Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission, Teacher Education Accreditation Council
  • Delivery mode: 100 percent online
  • Credit hours: 30
  • Estimated program cost: $13,903.50*

*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

Employment growth1
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
  • Reading Intervention Teachers
  • 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 sequenced and semester-based.

You can choose from a 2 year plan or 4 year plan. The majority of students take two classes per semester, and earn their master’s degrees in two years.

Course work covers

  • Foundational aspects of literacy
  • Fundamentals of language development from birth to adolescence
  • Language, Culture and Leadership
  • Literacy Pedagogy and Assessment
  • 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.