EdSp in Learning, Teaching and Curriculum with Emphasis in Mathematics Education

The Educational Specialist degree in Mathematics Education is intended for teachers who have already completed a masters degree and are seeking additional work related to leadership, curriculum development, research and/or improving their own teaching skills.

The Ed.S. is a 30-hour program beyond a master's degree. Coursework is comprised of at least 15 hours at the 8000 level or higher; and at least half the coursework in education. The program of study is approved by the student's advisor and two committee members.


Applicants are required to meet two sets of minimum qualifications for admission: the requirements of the EdSp in Learning, Teaching and Curriculum program and the minimum requirements of the Office of Graduate Studies. Because requirements vary, you must refer to a degree program's graduate admission page to learn about specific admission criteria, application deadlines, eligibility and application process.  Your application materials will be reviewed by both the Office of Graduate Studies and the degree program to which you’ve applied before official admission to the University of Missouri.

Admission requirements will be based upon the following criteria.  Complete admission requirements for the Ed.S. program.

  • Completion of an appropriate Bachelor's degree with a GPA of 3.0 or better.
  • Completion of an appropriate master's degree with a GPA of 3.0 or better.
  • A minimum of three letters of recommendation.
  • Statement of purpose clearly indicating that the proposed Ed.S. degree is appropriate to the applicant's professional aspirations.
  • GRE scores taken within the last 5 years (preferred minimum scores should be V150, Q141, A3.5 or higher)
  • For students whose native language is not English, a score of 80 IBT or better on the TOEFL or a 6.5 on the IELTS taken within the past two years

The LTC graduate program cannot assure admission to all applicants who meet minimum standards specified for the degree program.  Resource constraints do not permit the admission of all qualified applicants.
A committee of faculty reviews the credentials of each applicant.  It is the responsibility of this committee to exercise professional judgment related to the criteria that applicants must meet in order to be considered for admission to the program.

Program of Study

The program of study for the Educational Specialist degree in Mathematics Education is comprised of three key areas:

1.) 14+ hours of Mathematics Education curriculum

2.) Up to 9 hours of general electives

3.) 7 hours of research core: ESC_PS 7170 (3), ESC_PS 8020 (3), and LTC 8910 (1)

More information about the courses available that comprise the program can be found at the MizzouOnline website: http://online.missouri.edu/degreeprograms/education/mathematics/education-specialist/admissions.aspx