• Course Delivery
    100% Online
  • Total Credits
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit

The online master's 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.

Program structure and topics

The online master's in elementary education is 100 percent online: no campus visits are required.

Students take four to eight credit hours each semester session 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

MPER Early Career Scholars Program

If you are a first-, second- or third-year teacher, and teach in an MPER partner school district, you might qualify for a 50 percent tuition sponsorship from the College of Education.

See how you can apply today at https://education.missouri.edu/early-career-scholars-program

Teacher Education Accreditation Council

Admissions & Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A bachelor's degree

  2. 3.0 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale
  3. A written personal statement

    Statement of purpose describing your academic and career background and goals.

  4. 2 letters of recommendation

    Two letters of recommendation from two people who are well-acquainted with your academic experience and can attest to your intellectual, experiential and interpersonal abilities. At least one of these letters must come from a professor or other academic official. You will supply only the names and contact details of your references; the Graduate School will instruct them on how to upload their letters to your application.

  5. Official/Unofficial transcripts from all previous schools
  6. Completion of an accredited teacher education program and baccalaureate degree by May.
  7. Eligible to be recommended for certification in the state of Missouri by June (only for MO residents).
  8. If English is not your native language, please submit a TOEFL score of at least 80 (internet-based test), an IELTS score of at least 6.5, a Pearson Test of English (PTE) score of at least 59 or a Cambridge C1 Advanced score of at least 180.
  9. Missouri Content Assessment scores, Praxis Exam Certification Score Report or comparable teacher certification exam scores for the state you live in.
  10. Résumé or CV.
NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states, U.S. territories and the District of Columbia.

Application Deadlines

June 15


  • ESC_PS 8430Mental, Emotional and Behavioral Disorders in Youth3 Credits
  • LTC 8780Managing Classrooms for Learning3 Credits
  • LTC 8900Seminar: Advanced Science3 Credits
  • LTC 8900Seminar: Advanced Literacy3 Credits
  • LTC 8900Seminar: Advanced Mathematics3 Credits
  • LTC 8900Seminar: Advanced Social Studies3 Credits
  • LTC 8910Individual Research1 Credit
  • LTC 8913Curriculum Development3 Credits
  • LTC 8914Culturally Responsive Pedagogy3 Credits
  • LTC 8915Classroom Research 2 Credits
  • SPC_ED 8520Meeting the Needs of All Learners3 Credits

Tuition & Fees

Missouri Resident Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $386.00
  • Fees: $67.03
  • Total: $453.03
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1158.00
  • Fees: $201.09
  • Total: $1359.09
Missouri Non-Resident Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $386.00
  • Fees: $67.03
  • Total: $453.03
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1158.00
  • Fees: $201.09
  • Total: $1359.09
Tuition rates are subject to change.

What's it like to take a program online?

  • Earn a quality education online

    With more than 100 online programs to choose from across our four campuses, our online students have incredible access to career-advancing education. Our online courses are developed and taught by the same excellent faculty and instructors who teach the courses on campus. Whether you’re looking for an undergraduate education, graduate education, or a certificate program to further your career, one of our four campuses has an option to fit your needs.

  • Learning that fits your schedule

    Online learning provides students with the flexibility and freedom to attend classes whenever and wherever you are, in a way that is convenient for you. You can save time and money by being able to continue working and by avoiding relocation, travel and commuting costs. Courses must be completed in scheduled time frames, but in most cases, you can log in and complete course work whenever doing so best fits your schedule. Online education means learning on your terms – not the other way around.

  • Service you expect from a renowned University

    Our goal is to provide our online students with an excellent academic experience, without forcing you to make sacrifices in other areas of your life.

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