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

The master of education in learning, teaching and curriculum with an emphasis in English education can help you advance your teaching career with additional background in teaching reading and writing, literature and media literacy. If you want to expand your teaching skills and develop an expertise in lesson planning, curriculum creation, classroom management and diversity, this may be the degree for you.

This degree has potential benefits for:

  • Middle school language arts teachers 
  • Secondary school language arts teachers 
  • Community college language arts teachers

Program structure and topics

Delivery of this program is 100 percent online: no campus visits are required.

Courses are semester-based. Students typically take one or two classes each semester and finish in two years.

Course work covers:

  • Foundations of English education 
  • Media literacy 
  • Teaching language 
  • Teaching literature 
  • Teaching writing in middle and secondary schools

Note: This program is not appropriate for you if you are seeking course work toward TESOL, EFL or ELL certification. However, if you already have teaching certification in the state of Missouri, the department does offer a 21-hour Missouri ESOL certification preparation program.

Admissions & Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. Completed bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  2. Minimum GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate education. See note regarding letters of recommendation below.
  3. 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.
  4. Transcripts of all previous college or university education. Upload unofficial transcripts in your online application. If you are accepted, you will be asked to provide official transcripts.
  5. Résumé or CV.
  6. Two letters of recommendation. In the online application, you will need to supply names and contact details of two people who can attest to your professional competence, academic preparation and potential for graduate work. One letter should be from a college or university professor who can discuss your academic abilities, and one should be from an administrator or colleague who can describe authoritatively your professional experience and potential. If your GPA is below 3.0 or you are an international student (have an international transcript), three letters are required. The Graduate School will contact your references with instructions regarding the letters.
  7. Personal data sheet and brief statement of purpose regarding your reasons for undertaking graduate study, including career objectives, motivation for advanced level studies and other pertinent information.
  8. Please feel free to submit any other materials that you feel would give a clearer picture of your qualifications.
The University of Missouri is currently authorized to accept students to most distance education programs in all 50 states. Please see our state authorization page.

To apply to this program:

International students should apply by Mar. 1 for fall, Oct. 1 for spring and Feb. 1 for summer.

Application Deadlines

May 1
October 1
March 1


  • *LTC Core Courses (9 credit hours)
  • LTC 8913Curriculum Design3 Credits

    Seminar in Curriculum and Instruction

  • LTC 8915Classroom Research2 Credits

    Study of original classroom research and theories of instruction leading to plans for personal research and theory development. Prerequisites: advanced graduate standing.

  • LTC 8900Seminar: Masters Capstone1 Credit
  • LTC 8914Culturally Responsive Pedagogy3 Credits

    Seminar in Curriculum and Instruction

  • * English Education Core Courses (12 credit hours)
  • LTC 8640Teaching English Language in Secondary Schools3 Credits

    Exploration of the theory, research, and application of topics in the teaching of English, such as Writing/Thinking, Media, Literature, Language, and Creative Nonfiction. Topics announced at time of registration. May repeat to twelve hours with department's approval.

  • LTC 8641Foundations of English Education3 Credits

    This course focuses on foundational readings in the teaching and learning of English/Language Arts. The course requires intensive reading, writing, and discussion focusing on four subcategories of English Education: writing, literature, language and critical thinking. In addition, the course situates these topics within a historical perspective of the field. An additional focus of this course is on professional networking and development. It is expected that as students develop a greater understanding of the foundations of English Studies in Language Arts, they will see where their areas of expertise and knowledge join them to the profession as a leader. Graded on A-F basis only.

  • LTC 8636Teaching Literature3 Credits

    This course involves exploration of theory, research, and practice in the teaching and learning of literature to students in Grades 9-12. It is intended for master's and doctoral students - experienced teachers enrolled in MU's English Education graduate program. This course addresses selected Common Core Standards, and focuses on an integrated approach to the teaching of literature and some nonfiction. Texts include novels, short stories, poems, literary nonfiction, and plays. The teaching of critical thinking, research skills, and technology are integrated into these experiences. This course promotes the use of various teaching and learning practices. The course is divided into the following major sections: 1) Introductions of Class Members; 2) Theories of Teaching Literature in the Classroom; and 3) Trying Out Theories on Selected Literature. Graded on A-F basis only. Recommended: This is a recommended course for early in a master's program.

  • LTC 8617Teaching Writing in Middle and Secondary Classroom3 Credits

    This course will encourage the student as a writer and as a teacher of writing, especially in the middle and high school setting. We will explore various types of writing, with emphasis in English Education, including addressing national and state standards.

  • * Electives (9 credit hours)
  • ENGLSH 7140 Modern Literature3 Credits
  • ENGLSH 7179Comparative Approaches to Literature, 1890-Present3 Credits
  • ENGLSH 7310 19th-Century American Literature3 Credits

    American Novel to 1900

  • ENGLSH 7611 The Story of English: Medieval to Modern3 Credits
  • ESC_PS 7160Developmental Aspects of Human Learning3 Credits
  • IS_LT 9467Technology to Enhance Learning3 Credits
  • LTC 8618Writing, Reading and Teaching Nonfiction3 Credits
  • LTC 8619 Media Literacy3 Credits
  • LTC 8638Critical Literacy3 Credits
  • LTC 8675Foundations of Reading Instruction3 Credits
  • LTC 8681Making a Difference for the Struggling Reader 3 Credits

    Grades 6-12

  • LTC 8900Seminar: Reading, Writing, Teaching the Graphic Novel3 Credits
  • ED_LPA 8428 Curriculum Leadership3 Credits
  • LTC 8687Literacy and the Internet3 Credits

    Grades K-12

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.

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