Literacy education

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

Successful completion of the program requires 9 credit hours of core course work, courses in literacy pedagogy and assessment (12 credit hours), and courses in language, culture and leadership (12 credit hours).

Students already progressing through the program during this transition phase will follow the program of study they began with.

Course planner

The chart below shows when the courses are traditionally offered. Please note that some courses are offered only in ODD (e.g., 2021) or EVEN (e.g., 2022) years. Courses are 3 credit hours each, unless stated otherwise. The University reserves the right to change or cancel courses as needed.

Students beginning in the fall of 2018 will follow the course planner below. Students already progressing through the program during this transition phase should consult with Dr. Ostrow to arrange possible course substitutions and to ensure that their course of study meets their educational goals.

Reading Specialist Certification

This program does not provide initial teaching or reading specialist certification; however, you may take course work to satisfy requirements leading to a DESE Reading Specialist Certification.

If you wish to work toward the DESE Reading Specialist Certification, please send your undergrad and any graduate work transcripts to Kristel Schlemper at She will evaluate your transcript to confirm which courses you need. She also will determine if you are eligible for a Temporary or Provisional Certificate, which requires full-time employment as a special reading teacher in a Missouri school district.

Your M Ed adviser will make sure that you have completed both your M Ed program and your certificate program. Kristel will recommend you to DESE after you have completed your program.

Obtaining this certificate may require some course work on the MU campus, and the total credit hours may exceed the 30 required for the M Ed.

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 for more information.

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Students residing in all states are eligible to enroll in this program.

Learn more about this program

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