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

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. 

This degree has potential benefits for:

  • Language arts teachers 
  • Reading development instructors 
  • Reading Intervention 
  • Teachers 
  • Remedial reading instructors 
  • Special education teachers 
  • Title I reading instructors 

Program structure and topics

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

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 degrees in two years.

Course work covers:

  • Foundational aspects of literacy 
  • Fundamentals of language development from birth to adolescence 
  • Language, culture andleadership 
  • Literacy pedagogy and assessment 
  • Techniques and strategies for teaching reading K12
  • Understanding and conducting research in reading

Admissions & Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. Previous work experience

    Minimum of three years teaching experience, or related field, required.

  2. Completed bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  3. Minimum GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate education.
  4. 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.
  5. GRE scores are not required.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Personal data sheet including biographical information, especially professional experience. In your statement of purpose (No. 29), please describe your professional goals, career objectives, your motivation for graduate work and other pertinent information.
  9. Please feel free to submit any other materials that you feel would give a clearer picture of your qualifications.
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

May 1
October 1
March 1


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

    Seminar in Curriculum and Instruction

  • LTC 8915Classroom Research 2 Credits

    To be taken first year of program. Study of original classroom research and theories of instruction leading to plans for personal research and theory development. Prerequisites: advanced graduate standing.

  • LTC 8914Culturally Responsive Pedagogy3 Credits

    Seminar in Curriculum and Instruction

  • LTC 8900Masters Capstone 1 Credit
  • *Literacy Core Courses (6 credit hours)
  • LTC 8625Language Acquisition and Development3 Credits

    You will explore theories of language acquisition and development, and examine how language acquisition impacts reading and writing. Ideas for creating a language rich curriculum, second language learning, and cultural aspects of language will be addressed.

  • LTC 8675Foundations of Reading Instruction3 Credits

    This online course examines principles and practices of teaching reading to PK-12 students; the nature of reading and literacy learning, the foundations of reading acquisition and development; and reading instructional across grade levels. Graded on A-F basis only.

  • *Literacy Pedagogy and Assessment (9 credit hours)
  • LTC 8642Teaching Writing and Reading in Content Areas3 Credits
  • LTC 8670 Analysis & Correction of Reading Disabilities3 Credits
  • LTC 8681Guiding All Readers Toward Independence3 Credits

    This course is an exploration of ways to help all readers, particularly those who have been unable to achieve success in reading. Focus areas are assessment, evaluation, and planning, all examined through work with an individual reader in a targeted case study. Graded on A-F basis only.

  • LTC 8682Focus on Writing in the Classroom3 Credits

    Grades K-6

  • LTC 8688Nature of Literacy in a Digital World 3 Credits

    Grades K-12

  • LTC 8900Seminar: Reading, Writing and Teaching Informational Texts in the Elementary Classroom3 Credits
  • *Language, culture and leadership courses (6 credit hours)
  • LTC 8618Reading, Writing and Teaching Creative Nonfiction3 Credits
  • LTC 8664Practicum in Child Study I3 Credits
  • LTC 8665Practicum in Child Study II3 Credits

    Prerequisite: LTC 8664

  • LTC 8685 Literature Opportunities: Using Children's and Young Adult Literature in the Classroom 3 Credits

    Grades 1-9

  • LTC 8687Literacy and the Internet3 Credits

    Grades K-12

  • LTC 8689Curricular Decisions for Literacy in a Digital World 3 Credits

    Grades K-12

  • LTC 8900Seminar: Critical Literacy Across the Curriculum3 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.

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