Literacy education

Master of education in learning, teaching and curriculum University of Missouri-Columbia
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A master’s degree in literacy education from the University of Missouri-Columbia (Mizzou) 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.

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Mizzou’s online master’s in education programs ranked among the nation’s finest in two U.S. News & World Report 2023 categories.

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Quick facts

Official name

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

Campus

University of Missouri-Columbia

Program type

Master's degree

Academic home

College of Education & Human Development | Department of Learning, Teaching and Curriculum

Delivery mode

100% online

Accreditation

Higher Learning Commission, Teacher Education Accreditation Council

Credit hours

30

Estimated cost

$15,315.00

*This cost is for illustrative purposes only. Your hours and costs will differ, depending on your transfer hours, your 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
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Employment growth
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$69,000
median salary

Program structure

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

Courses are semi-sequenced and semester-based.

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

Note: This program does not lead to initial teacher certification, but a course plan can be designed so you earn your master’s degree and Special Reading (K–12) Certificate from the state of Missouri.

Delivery

100% online

Calendar system

Semester-based

Typical program length

2 years

Typical course load

2 classes per semester

Accreditation

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 and Human Development 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