MEd in Learning, Teaching and Curriculum with Emphasis in Early Childhood Education


In the early childhood education emphasis, students will gain increased knowledge and skills in the design, delivery and evaluation of educational services to children from birth through age 8. The program addresses the essential problems of practice with special emphasis given to effective teaching approaches for children who are at risk for school failure: children with special needs, children who are English-language learners and children who have challenging behaviors.

The program is designed for early childhood practitioners, Head Start teachers, early childhood special education teachers, child-care center staff and others who work with children from birth through age 8.

More information about the Early Childhood Education M.Ed. program can be found on the Missouri Online website.

Degree Requirements

Delivery of this program is 100% online: no campus visits are required. Successful completion of the program requires 30 credit hours of required course work.

LTC Core Courses9
LTC 8913Curriculum Development3
LTC 8914Culturally Responsive Pedagogy3
LTC 8915Classroom Research-Learning, Teaching and Curriculum3
LTC 8900Seminar in Curriculum and Instruction1
Early Childhood Education Core Courses15
LTC 8612Play, Inquiry, and Project-based Learning in Classrooms with Young Children3
LTC 8613Advanced Assessment in Early Childhood3
LTC 8625Language Acquisition and Development3
LTC 8600Home-School Partnerships: Working with Families3
LTC 8611Instructional Leadership and Advocacy in Early Childhood Education3
SPC_ED 8350Introduction to Research Methods in Education3
SPC_ED 8440Advanced Behavior Management: Applied Behavior Analysis3
SPC_ED 8485Introduction and Methods of Early Intervention3
SPC_ED 8605Young Children with Autism3
LTC 8681Guiding all Readers Toward Independence3
LTC 8664Practicum in Child Study I3-5
LTC 8685Literature Opportunities: Using Children's and Young Adult's Literature in the Classroom3


Applicants are required to meet two sets of minimum qualifications for admission: the requirements of the MEd in Learning, Teaching and Curriculum program and the minimum requirements of the Graduate School. 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 Graduate School and the degree program to which you’ve applied before official admission to the University of Missouri.

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.

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