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Graduate study in Learning, Teaching, & Curriculum prepares teachers, curriculum leaders and teacher educators for professional excellence. With the rapid changes in education–especially developments in instructional materials and techniques, curriculum construction and classroom organization — teachers who have completed their certification may need to update, refine and extend their knowledge and skills.

Further, many educators enter new roles as subject-matter specialists, curriculum coordinators, supervisors of instruction, department heads, leaders of professional development education or teacher educators. Graduate programs in Learning, Teaching, & Curriculum are designed to prepare the professionals for these new roles.

Areas of study
Majors can elect an area of concentration in curriculum development and research, or teacher education. Concentration areas in disciplines outside professional education, such as economics, management, science, mathematics, English and sociology, also may be chosen.

Degrees Offered

Doctoral

Learning, Teaching, & Curriculum, Doctor of Philosophy/Doctor of Education

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The program offers Doctoral degrees in Learning, Teaching, and Curriculum with emphasis areas in Art Education, Language and Literacies for Social Transformation, Mathematics Education, Reading Education, Science Education, and Social Studies Education.

Admission Criteria

PLEASE NOTE: Only completed applications will be reviewed by the Graduate Admissions Committee. It is suggested applicants submit their applications in plenty of time to be reviewed for the desired semester of entrance.

Applications for admissions decisions take at least 6 weeks to process.

  • Completion of an appropriate preliminary degree with a GPA of 3.0 or better (master’s applicants: completion of bachelor’s degree; Specialist applicants: completion of master’s degree)
  • Evidence of at least 2 years of successful experience in an appropriate field

Minimum Language Requirements

Click here to view the minimum English language proficiency test scores

Minimum GRE Scores*

Test Type  Verbal+Quantitative
GRE 297 (V:153, Q:144 )

Minimum GRE score varies by program area. All the doctoral programs in Learning, Teaching, & Curriculum require the GRE exam in order to be considered for the program.

*Important Note: There shall be a three-year moratorium on the requirement of GREs for doctoral admissions beginning with applicants for Fall 2022. This decision will be revisited in the Spring of 2024 to consider whether to make this a permanent policy in time for Fall 2025 admission decisions.

Required Application Materials

For the Graduate School

  • Completed Graduate School online application
  • Unofficial Transcripts- As part of the application submission process, all applicants are required to upload unofficial copies of all post-secondary transcripts to the online application. Official transcripts are only required if accepted by the academic program.
  • Official Results of English Proficiency Exams (International applicants only)

For the Learning, Teaching & Curriculum Program

  • Personal data sheet form (built into the Graduate School online application)
  • Statement of purpose
  • Resume/CV
  • 3 letters of recommendation. ALL LETTERS MUST BE CONFIDENTIAL AND SUBMITTED ACCORDINGLY.
  • A digital portfolio of three to five pieces of artwork you consider your best (required for Art Education applicants only)
  • GRE scores
    • There shall be a three-year moratorium on the requirement of GREs for doctoral admissions beginning with applicants for Fall 2022. This decision will be revisited in the Spring of 2024 to consider whether to make this a permanent policy in time for Fall 2025 admission decisions.

Educational Specialist

Learning, Teaching, & Curriculum, Master of Education/Master of Arts/Educational Specialist

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The program offers Master’s and Education Specialist degrees in Learning, Teaching, and Curriculum with emphasis areas in Art Education, Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, English Education, Literacy Education, Mathematics Education, Science Education, Social Studies Education, and TESOL.

Admission Criteria

Completion of an appropriate preliminary degree with a GPA of 3.0 or better (master’s applicants: completion of bachelor’s degree; Specialist applicants: completion of master’s degree

Application Deadlines

The program accepts rolling admissions, so applicants can apply at any time. It’s suggested applicants submit their application at least six weeks before the beginning of the term in which they wish to start their course work. The deadlines below are priority application dates.

  • Fall:  June 15
  • Spring:  October 15
  • Summer: March 15

Only completed applications will be reviewed by the Graduate Admissions Committee. Applications for admissions decisions take at least 6 weeks to process

Minimum Language Requirements

Click here to view the minimum English language proficiency test scores

Minimum GRE Scores*

Test Type  Verbal+Quantitative
GRE 295 (V: 150)

*NOTE: The TESOL program is waiving the GRE scores for the MEd applicants through Summer 2022. Please contact the department if you have any additional questions about the GRE requirement.

Required Application Materials

For the Graduate School

  • Completed Graduate School online application
  • Unofficial Transcripts- As part of the application submission process, all applicants are required to upload unofficial copies of all post-secondary transcripts to the online application. Official transcripts are only required if accepted by the academic program.
  • Official Results of English Proficiency Exams (International applicants only)

For the Learning, Teaching & Curriculum Program

  • Personal data sheet form (built into the Graduate School online application)
  • Statement of purpose
  • Resume/CV
  • All emphasis areas desire at least 2 letters of recommendation, regardless of GPA. If your GPA is below a 3.0 or you are an international student (have an international transcript), three letters of reference are required. ALL LETTERS MUST BE CONFIDENTIAL AND SUBMITTED ACCORDINGLY. Please contact the department if you have any questions or concerns about this requirement.
  • A digital portfolio of three to five pieces of artwork you consider your best (required for Art Education applicants only)
  • GRE scores, if required by program area. An official result needs to be sent to the Graduate School.

Master's

Learning, Teaching, & Curriculum, Master of Education/Master of Arts/Educational Specialist

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The program offers Master’s and Education Specialist degrees in Learning, Teaching, and Curriculum with emphasis areas in Art Education, Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, English Education, Literacy Education, Mathematics Education, Science Education, Social Studies Education, and TESOL.

Admission Criteria

Completion of an appropriate preliminary degree with a GPA of 3.0 or better (master’s applicants: completion of bachelor’s degree; Specialist applicants: completion of master’s degree

Application Deadlines

The program accepts rolling admissions, so applicants can apply at any time. It’s suggested applicants submit their application at least six weeks before the beginning of the term in which they wish to start their course work. The deadlines below are priority application dates.

  • Fall:  June 15
  • Spring:  October 15
  • Summer: March 15

Only completed applications will be reviewed by the Graduate Admissions Committee. Applications for admissions decisions take at least 6 weeks to process

Minimum Language Requirements

Click here to view the minimum English language proficiency test scores

Minimum GRE Scores*

Test Type  Verbal+Quantitative
GRE 295 (V: 150)

*NOTE: The TESOL program is waiving the GRE scores for the MEd applicants through Summer 2022. Please contact the department if you have any additional questions about the GRE requirement.

Required Application Materials

For the Graduate School

  • Completed Graduate School online application
  • Unofficial Transcripts- As part of the application submission process, all applicants are required to upload unofficial copies of all post-secondary transcripts to the online application. Official transcripts are only required if accepted by the academic program.
  • Official Results of English Proficiency Exams (International applicants only)

For the Learning, Teaching & Curriculum Program

  • Personal data sheet form (built into the Graduate School online application)
  • Statement of purpose
  • Resume/CV
  • All emphasis areas desire at least 2 letters of recommendation, regardless of GPA. If your GPA is below a 3.0 or you are an international student (have an international transcript), three letters of reference are required. ALL LETTERS MUST BE CONFIDENTIAL AND SUBMITTED ACCORDINGLY. Please contact the department if you have any questions or concerns about this requirement.
  • A digital portfolio of three to five pieces of artwork you consider your best (required for Art Education applicants only)
  • GRE scores, if required by program area. An official result needs to be sent to the Graduate School.

Graduate Certificate

Elementary Mathematics Specialist, Graduate Certificate

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Officially approved as:

Stand Alone:  Yes

Total Credit Hours:  24

Certificate description: The EMS graduate certificate program includes five integrated mathematics content/pedagogy  courses, each with an attached internship and two leadership development courses (total of 24 credits). The program is designed for inservice K-­‐6 teachers interested in pursuing advanced learning experiences and training to increase their knowledge and skill to teach or lead others in teaching mathematics in elementary classrooms. That is, the program is designed for teachers currently working full time. The courses will be offered over a 2-­‐ year cycle beginning in the Fall semester (6 semesters of part-­‐time student effort).

Certificate web site:
https://education.missouri.edu/degrees-programs/certificates-minors/elementary-mathematics-specialist/

Admission Criteria

Application Deadlines

  • Fall deadline: June 15
  • Spring deadline: October 15
  • Summer deadline: March 15

Required Application Materials

For the Graduate School

  • Completed Graduate School online application
  • Unofficial Transcripts- As part of the application submission process, all applicants are required to upload unofficial copies of all post-secondary transcripts to the online application. Official transcripts are only required if accepted by the academic program.
  • Official Results of English Proficiency Exams (International applicants only)

For the Elementary Mathematics Specialist Program

  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Statement of purpose
  • Resume

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, Graduate Certificate

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Officially approved as:

Stand Alone:   Yes  

Total Credit Hours: 18

Certificate description: The Graduate Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) prepares English language teachers, English language program administrators, language testers, and educational materials writers to work in contexts where English is a foreign language (EFL contexts).  The objectives of the certificate are to develop professionals with a) knowledge of the structure of the English language; b) an understanding of how languages are used and learned; and c) skills in designing and implementing pedagogical tasks to facilitate language learning. The certificate consists of 18 graduate credit hours divided among five core courses and one elective course.

Certificate web site:
https://online.missouri.edu/degrees-programs/mu/education/tesol/grad-cert

Admission Criteria

Application Deadlines

  • Fall deadline: June 15
  • Spring deadline: October 15
  • Summer deadline: March 15

Required Application Materials

For the Graduate School

  • Completed Graduate School online application
  • Unofficial Transcripts- As part of the application submission process, all applicants are required to upload unofficial copies of all post-secondary transcripts to the online application. Official transcripts are only required if accepted by the academic program.
  • Official Results of English Proficiency Exams (International applicants only)

For the TESOL Program

  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Statement of purpose
  • Resume
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