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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.


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

Successful completion of the program requires 30 credit hours.

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.

Social studies course work (15 credit hours)

LTC 8790 Patterns for Instruction in Social Studies Odd 
LTC 8800 Secondary Social Studies Curriculum Even 
LTC 8805 Inquiry into K-12 History and Social ScienceOdd  
LTC 8806 Issues in the Social Studies ClassroomEven  
LTC 8900 Topics: Technology and Social Studies  X

LTC Core Course Work (6 credit hours)

LTC 8913 Curriculum DevelopmentXXX
LTC 8914 Culturally Responsive PedagogyXXX

Electives (6 credit hours)

ED_LPA 8428 Curriculum Leadership   
ESC_PS 8555 African American Education - Historic and Current IssuesX  
ESC_PS 8560 Immigrant Issues in Education X 
ESC_PS 8565 Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Issues in the Schools  X
ESC_PS 7115 Human LearningXXX
ESC_PS 7160 Developmental Aspects of Human LearningXXX
H_D_FS 8087 Contemporary Youth Issues
Understanding Normative Behavior in Immigrant & Minority Youth
H_D_FS 8237 Youth Cultures and the Cultures of YouthXX 
IS_LT 9467 Technology to Enhance LearningBAX
IS_LT 9484 Teaching Online CoursesA X

Capstone (3 credit hours)

LTC 8807 Exploration of Research in Social Studies  X

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

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

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:

    • You must be actively engaged in a K-12 classroom setting and certified in social studies education or another approved field. Exceptions are possible for international students.
    • Completed bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.
    • 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.
    • GRE scores are not required.
  2. Mark your calendar

  3. This program accepts rolling admissions, so you can apply at any time. We recommend that you submit your application at least six weeks before the beginning of the term in which you wish to start your course work. The deadlines below are priority application dates.

    Priority application dates

    To start classes in Apply by Classes begin
    Fall June 15 August
    Spring Oct. 15 January
    Summer March 15 June

    International students should apply by March 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.
    • 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 & Curriculum/Social Studies Education-Distance (MEd)

    Apply Here

Ask us about this program

For information about academic issues or course content, please contact

  • LaGarrett J. King
  • Assistant Professor of Social Studies Education
    Online social studies Masters Coordinator and Academic Adviser
  • 573-882-9895

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