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


A masters degree in literacy education from MU can help you advance your career in reading instruction. If you want to better serve students in overcoming their challenges in reading and writing, this may be the program for you.  

Degree Requirements

The MEd degree in Literacy Education requires a minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate coursework.  Courses are sequenced and semester-based.  You can choose from a 2 year plan or 4 year plan. The majority of students take two classes per semester, and earn their masters degree in two years.  Successful completion of the program requires 9 credit hours of core course work, courses in literacy pedagogy and assessment (12 credit hours), and courses in language, culture and leadership (12 credit hours).

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

Literacy Core (15 credit hours)
LTC 8913Curriculum Development3
LTC 8914Culturally Responsive Pedagogy3
LTC 8915Classroom Research-Learning, Teaching and Curriculum1-3
LTC 8625Language Acquisition and Development3
LTC 8675Foundations of Reading Instruction3
LTC 8900Seminar in Curriculum and Instruction (Masters Capstone)1-3
Literacy Electives (15 credit hours)
LTC 8612Play, Inquiry, and Project-based Learning in Classrooms with Young Children2-3
LTC 8618Writing, Reading and Teaching Nonfiction3
LTC 8642Teaching Writing and Reading in Content Areas3
LTC 8664Practicum in Child Study I3-5
LTC 8670Analysis & Correction of Reading Disabilities3
LTC 8681Guiding all Readers Toward Independence3
LTC 8682Focus on Writing in the Classroom3
LTC 8685Literature Opportunities: Using Children's and Young Adult's Literature in the Classroom3
LTC 8687Literacy and the Internet (Grades K-12)3
LTC 8688Nature of Literacy in a Digital World3
LTC 8689Curricular Decisions for Literacy in a Digital World (Grades K-12)3
LTC 8900Seminar in Curriculum and Instruction (Reading, Writing, Informational Texts)1-3
LTC 8638Critical Literacy3

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This program does not provide initial teaching or reading specialist certification; however, you may take coursework to satisfy requirements leading to a DESE Reading Specialist Certificate. If you wish to work toward the DESE Reading Specialist Certificate, please send your undergrad and any graduate work transcripts to the Certification Officer at They will evaluate your transcript to confirm which courses you need and will also determine if you are eligible for a Temporary or Provisional Certificate, which requires full time employment as a special reading teacher in a Missouri school district. Your MEd adviser will make sure you have completed both your MEd program and your certificate program. The Certification Officer will recommend you to DESE after you have completed your program. Obtaining this certificate may require some coursework on the MU campus, and the total credit hours may exceed the 30 required for the MEd.


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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