Literacy education: Online master’s degree
Master of education in learning, teaching and curriculum with an emphasis in literacy education (M Ed)
Delivery of this program is 100 percent online: no campus visits are required.
Successful completion of the program requires 9 credit hours of core course work, courses in literacy pedagogy and assessment (12 credit hours), and courses in language, culture and leadership (12 credit hours).
You do not need to complete all core classes first. Many students choose one core class each semester plus one other course from the categories below.
The chart below shows when the courses are traditionally offered. 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.
Students beginning in the fall of 2018 will follow the course planner below. Students already progressing through the program during this transition phase should consult with Dr. Ostrow to arrange possible course substitutions and to ensure that their course of study meets their educational goals.
LTC Core Courses (9 credit hours)
|LTC 8900 Seminar: Curriculum Development||X||X||2019|
|LTC 8900 Seminar: Culturally Responsive Pedagogy||X||X||2019|
|LTC 8915 Classroom Research|
To be taken first year of program
2 credit hours
|LTC 8900 Seminar: Masters Capstone |
Prerequisites: LTC 8915, LTC 8675, LTC Core
1 credit hour
Literacy Core Courses (6 credit hours)
|LTC 8625 Language Acquisition and Development||X|
|LTC 8675 Foundations of Reading Instruction||X||ODD|
Literacy Pedagogy and Assessment (9 credit hours)
|LTC 8642 Teaching Writing and Reading in Content Areas||X|
|LTC 8670 Analysis & Correction of Reading Disabilities||X|
|LTC 8681 Making a Difference for the Struggling Reader |
|LTC 8681 Making a Difference for the Struggling Reader |
|LTC 8682 Focus on Writing in the Classroom*|
|LTC 8688 Nature of Literacy in a Digital World |
|LTC 8900 Seminar: Reading, Writing and Teaching Informational Texts in the Elementary Classroom*||B|
Language, culture and leadership courses (6 credit hours)
|LTC 8618 Reading, Writing and Teaching Creative Nonfiction||Even|
|LTC 8664 Practicum in Child Study I||X|
|LTC 8665 Practicum in Child Study II|
Prerequisite: LTC 8664
|LTC 8685 Literature Opportunities: Using Children's and Young Adult Literature in the Classroom |
|LTC 8687 Literacy and the Internet|
|LTC 8689 Curricular Decisions for Literacy in a Digital World |
|LTC 8900 Seminar: Critical Literacy Across the Curriculum||ODD|
* Required for DESE Special Reading Certificate
Note X = full semester, A = 1st half of semester, B = 2nd half of semester
This program does not provide initial teaching or reading specialist certification; however, you may take coursework to satisfy requirements leading to a DESE Reading Specialist Certificate.
If you wish to work toward the DESE Reading Specialist Certificate, please send your undergrad and any graduate work transcripts to Margaret Harl at firstname.lastname@example.org. She will evaluate your transcript to confirm which courses you need. She will also determine if you are eligible for a Temporary or Provisional Certificate, which requires full time employment as a special reading teacher in a MO school district.
Your M Ed advisor will make sure that you have completed both your M Ed program and your certificate program. Margaret Harl will recommend you to DESE after you have completed your program.
Obtaining this certificate may require some course work on the MU campus, and the total credit hours may exceed the 30 required for the M Ed.
How to apply
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.
- 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.
- GRE scores are not required.
Mark your calendar
Send in your application in time.
|To start classes in||Apply by||Classes begin|
International students: Please apply by March 1 for fall, Oct. 1 for spring and Feb. 1 for summer.
Gather your papers
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.
- 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.
Complete the online application
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/Literacy Education-Distance (MEd)
- TOEFL or IELTS scores: Institution Code 6875 (if applicable)
Ask us about this program
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For application questions, please contact
This program is administered by the Department of Learning, Teaching and Curriculum.