Enhance your teaching

Laura Koch

Master of Education '16

University of Missouri's Master of Education in Student Learning and Well-being is the perfect blend of psychology and classroom integration. Through the program, Laura renewed her passion for learning and accessed a network of teachers from around the nation.

Brett Greble

Master of Education '15 | Raymore, MO

Brett Greble wanted a degree that would help him and his students. As a busy husband, father and coach, he couldn't be tied down to a classroom. Mizzou's online master of education program was exactly what he needed to get his graduate degree.


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

Successful completion of the program requires 33 credit hours of required courses.

The chart below shows when the courses are traditionally offered. Click on the red boxes to learn more about a course.

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.

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

Research (3 credit hours)

ESC_PS 8020 Overview of Research Methods XX

Psychological foundations (9 credit hours)

ESC_PS 8330 Motivating At-Risk and Diverse Students X 
ESC_PS 7115 Human LearningXXX
ESC_PS 7160 Developmental Aspects of Human LearningXXX

Measurement and evaluation (3 credit hours)

ESC_PS 8380 Data-Driven Instructional DecisionsX  

Human diversity (3 credit hours)

ESC_PS 8340 Cultural Backgrounds and LearningX  

Student well-being (15 credit hours, select any 5 courses)

ESC_PS 7200 Positive PsychologyXXX
ESC_PS 8370 Social Emotional Learning  X
ESC_PS 8430 Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Disorders in Youth B 
ESC_PS 8435 Wellness Management for School Personnel  X
ESC_PS 8445 Building Resiliency and Optimism in Youth X 
ESC_PS 8455 Bully and Youth Violence: Prevention and Reduction  Odd
ESC_PS 8465 Vital Issues in School Mental Health  Even
ESC_PS 8470 Preventions and Interventions in School Mental Health  X
ESC_PS 8475 Proactive Behavior ManagementX  
Other courses may be acceptable with prior approval from your faculty advisor.   

Note The focus area name (e.g., student learning and well-being) will not appear on your diploma or transcript.

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.


You must write a capstone paper to demonstrate mastery of the fundamental principles of the work included in the course of study offered for the degree. You must be enrolled at MU during the semester in which your master's project is presented or completed.


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.
    • 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.

  2. Mark your calendar
  3. This program accepts rolling admissions, so you can apply at any time. We recommend you submit your application at least six weeks before the beginning of the term in which you wish to start your course work.

    Application dates

    To start classes in Apply by Course work begins in
    Fall July 1 August
    Spring December 1 January
    Summer April 15 June

  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.
    • Personal statement (500 words total). Under the heading "Experience," describe experiences teaching, designing instruction and working with diverse groups. How have these experiences prepared you for graduate study? Under the heading "Career Objectives," describe your career objectives and how being accepted into MU's program will benefit your career aspirations.
    • Résumé or CV.
    • TOEFL or IELTS score reports for applicants whose native language is not English.
    • Three letters of recommendation. In the online application, you will need to supply names and contact details of three people who can attest to your professional competence, academic preparation and potential for graduate work. Graduate Studies will contact your references with instructions regarding the letters.

  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: Educational School and Counseling Psychology/ Educational-Student Learning and Wellbeing -Online/Master of Education (MEd)
    • TOEFL or IELTS scores: Institution Code 6875 (if applicable)

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This program is administered by the Department of Educational, School and Counseling Psychology.