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Karen Kirkpatrick

Master of Education '14 | North Brunswick, NJ

New Jersey educator Karen Kirkpatrick earned her master of education in social studies from Mizzou to improve her teaching skills in the classroom. She also found it was a good fit for her time management needs as a busy mom.

Quick facts

  • Program type: Master’s degree
  • Academic home: College of Education | Department of Learning, Teaching and Curriculum
  • Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission, Teacher Education Accreditation Council
  • Delivery mode: 100 percent online
  • Credit hours: 30
  • Estimated program cost: $13,590.90*

*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

The online master’s degree in social studies education from MU can help you advance your knowledge and practice of teaching social studies while obtaining an advanced degree. If you want to engage in meaningful discussion about the role of social studies and how research and theory can inform classroom practice, this may be the degree 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, High 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.

Program structure and topics

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

Courses are semester-based. Students typically take one or two classes each semester and finish in two years.

Course work covers

  • Curriculum and issues in social studies education
  • Research in social studies
  • Civic education
  • Social studies and technology
  • Social studies and literacy

Note This program does not provide social studies certification, nor does it provide the initial certification required to become a teacher.

If you are a first-, second- or third-year teacher, and teach in an MPER partner school district, you might qualify for a 50 percent tuition sponsorship from the College of Education.

See how you can apply today.

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