Secondary education

University of Missouri-St. Louis
Master of education
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We believe professional educators know a great deal already and that their voices need to be heard in identifying and solving real world problems of practice rather than just top-down flavor-of-the-month quick fixes. Rather than depending on brief professional development days in your school, become a designer of your destiny. Take a deep dive into the areas of knowledge and skills of your profession that are designed to impact your educational practice.

Do you feel you need to know more about how to support your students with disabilities? Your English language learners? Do you want to learn how character education might improve classroom climate? Do you want to test the waters in educational leadership to see if administration is in your future? Maybe you want to teach an AP class and will bring in graduate credit in a subject area to your master’s experience. Assessment practices always need honing, so we designed a three course dip into theory and practice. Two linked concentrations will support a journey to literary specialist. This program offers many options to serve learner needs.

Students who choose to continue their education with us at UMSL will have the opportunity to engage in Action Research within their own classrooms or educational work settings, identifying problems of practice and collecting and analyzing data to make things better for learners. As one of the largest programs in the state, the College of Education boasts a strong research and teaching faculty recognized by national reviews for high productivity

Within the master’s degree in secondary education several concentration areas provide focus on high-leverage problems of practice such as designing curriculum, improving instruction, social justice, ESL, leadership, assessment or content area courses needed to teach in the Advanced Credit Program.

Quick facts

Official name

Master of education in secondary education with an emphasis in general


University of Missouri-St. Louis

Program type

Master's degree

Academic home

College of Education | Department of Educator Preparation and Leadership

Delivery mode

100% online


Higher Learning Commission

*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

The master’s in secondary education is appropriate for secondary teachers, specialists, department chairpersons and those who work in informal learning or international educational settings. Candidates choose concentration areas that will support their personal growth and development as an educational leader.

Program structure

Delivery of this program is 100% online: no campus visits are required. Courses are semester-based. Students typically take one or two classes each semester and finish in two to three years.

Course work includes

  • Examining history, community and social justice in education
  • Teacher action, advocacy and leadership
  • Instruction, learning and assessment


100% online

Calendar system


Typical program length

2 or 3 years

Typical course load

1 or 2 classes each semester


The University of Missouri-St. Louis is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States.

Faculty spotlight

Nancy Singer

Dr. Singer has been actively involved in research that addresses teacher preparation and retention. These projects have included online support of novice teachers, investigation of how teachers create and perceive their professional identities and philosophies, and mentoring teachers preparing for jobs in hard-to-staff schools. She has published numerous articles and technical papers in journals including Journal of Writing Assessment, Urban Education, and Teacher Development.

Nancy Robb Singer, PhD
Director of Teacher Education

Learn more about this program

This program is administered by the Department of Educator Preparation and Leadership