Literacy education Courses

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Master of education in learning, teaching and curriculum
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Delivery of this program is 100% online: no campus visits are required.

Successful completion of the program requires 30 credit hours. The typical program of study involves nine credits of core master’s classes, six credits of literacy core classes, and 15 hours of literacy electives on pedagogy, assessment, language, culture and leadership.

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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.

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 Missouri Reading Specialist Certification.

If you wish to work toward the DESE Reading Specialist Certification, please send your undergraduate and any graduate work transcripts to Dr. Renee Kruep at She will evaluate your transcript to confirm which courses you need to earn the certificate. Most of these courses can be taken as part of the master’s degree.

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

State authorization

States require that the University of Missouri-Columbia 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.

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