MEd in Learning, Teaching and Curriculum with Emphasis in Elementary Education

The online masters degree in elementary education from MU is designed to support new elementary school teachers in the early stages of their career. With a classroom-focused approach, bridging research and practice with relevant course work and mentorship, this program prepares early-career teachers for success.

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

Degree Requirements

The online masters in elementary education is 100 percent online: no campus visits are required.  This program has rolling admission and accepts students to matriculate in the fall term only.  Students take four to eight credit hours each semester and finish the program in two years.

Course work covers:

  • Managing classrooms for learning
  • Meeting the needs of all learners
  • Culturally responsive pedagogy
  • Curriculum development
  • Classroom research

To receive an the degree, you must complete 30 hours of graduate-level coursework. This coursework includes nine hours of core courses in elementary education and six hours of research courses.

LTC Core (9 hours)
LTC 8913Curriculum Development3
LTC 8914Culturally Responsive Pedagogy3
LTC 8915Classroom Research-Learning, Teaching and Curriculum3
Elementary Education Core (9 hours)
LTC 8900Seminar in Curriculum and Instruction (Advanced Methods in Science & Social Studies)3
LTC 8900Seminar in Curriculum and Instruction (Advanced Math Methods) Student may also take a Math Ed course instead.3
LTC 8900Seminar in Curriculum and Instruction (Advanced Literacy ) Student may also take a literacy education course instead3
Capstone/Oral Interview (0-3 credits)
LTC 8910Individual Research1-3
MPER Required Courses (9 hours) *only for MPER designated scholars
LTC 8780Managing Classrooms for Learning1-3
SPC_ED 8520Meeting the Needs of all Learners3
ESC_PS 8430Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Disorders in Youth3
Elementary Education Electives (12 hours) You may choose any course listed below
Generalist Focus
LTC 8900Seminar in Curriculum and Instruction3
LTC 8805Inquiry into K-12 History and Social Science3
LTC 8790Patterns for Instruction in Social Studies3
LTC 8649Methods of Teaching English Language Learners3
LTC 8730Survey of Art Education3
Math Education Focus
LTC 8871Teaching and Learning Number/Operations Advanced3
LTC 8872Teaching and Learning Rational Number Advanced3
LTC 8873Teaching and Learning Geometry and Measurement Advanced3
LTC 8874Teaching and Learning Algebraic Reasoning Advanced3
LTC 8877Foundations of Mathematics Leadership in Elem Schools2
LTC 8878Mathematical Leadership for Elementary Schools Advanced3
Literacy Education Focus
LTC 8625Language Acquisition and Development3
LTC 8675Foundations of Reading Instruction3
LTC 8642Teaching Writing and Reading in Content Areas3
LTC 8681Guiding all Readers Toward Independence3
LTC 8682Focus on Writing in the Classroom3
LTC 8688Nature of Literacy in a Digital World3
Early Childhood Focus
LTC 8612Play, Inquiry, and Project-based Learning in Classrooms with Young Children2-3
LTC 8613Advanced Assessment in Early Childhood3
LTC 8611Instructional Leadership and Advocacy in Early Childhood Education3
Instructional Leadership Focus
LTC 8877Foundations of Mathematics Leadership in Elem Schools2
LTC 8878Mathematical Leadership for Elementary Schools Advanced3
LTC 8611Instructional Leadership and Advocacy in Early Childhood Education3
Individual Exploration & Research (no more than 6 hours in this area)
LTC 8085Problems in Curriculum and Instruction1-99
LTC 8910Individual Research1-3
**speak with your advisor about taking courses in this option area**

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Sample Plan of Study

First Year
LTC 87803LTC 8900 (Advanced Literacy)3ESC_PS 84303
LTC 8900 (Advanced Science)3SPC_ED 85203LTC 89133
  LTC 89152
 6 6 8
Second Year
LTC 8900 (Advanced Mathematics)3LTC 8900 (Advanced Social Studies)3 
LTC 89143LTC 89101 
 6 4  
Total Credits: 30

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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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