Literacy education

Master of education University of Missouri
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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



Quick facts

Official name

Master of education in learning, teaching and curriculum with an emphasis in literacy education


University of Missouri

Program type

Master's degree

Academic home

College of Education | Department of Learning, Teaching and Curriculum

Delivery mode

100% online


Higher Learning Commission, Teacher Education Accreditation Council

Credit hours


Estimated cost


*This cost is for illustrative purposes only. Your hours and costs will differ, depending on your transfer hours, course choices and your academic progress. See more about tuition and financial aid.

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Career prospects

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
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Kindergarten and Elementary School Teachers
Employment growth
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.
Average salary increase

Program structure

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 includes

  • 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


100% online

Calendar system


Typical program length

2 years

Typical course load

2 classes per semester


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.

Learn more about this program

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