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Degrees Offered

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

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.

  • 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 291 (V:150, Q:141)

*NOTE: The GRE requirement is required for the TESOL program applicants, but it has been waived for Summer and Fall 2020 terms only. 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
  • GRE scores, if required by program area. An official result needs to be sent to the Graduate School.
  • 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)

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