• Course Delivery
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  • 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 

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. Completed bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  2. Minimum GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate education.
  3. If English is not your native language, please submit a TOEFL score of at least 80 (internet-based test) or an IELTS score of at least 6.5.
  4. GRE scores are not required.
  5. 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.
  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. Graduate Studies will contact your references with instructions regarding the letters.
  7. 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.
  8. 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 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.

  • LTC 8900Masters Capstone 1 Credit
  • LTC 8900Seminar: Curriculum Design3 Credits

    Seminar in Curriculum and Instruction

  • LTC 8900Seminar: Culturally Responsive Pedagogy3 Credits

    Seminar in Curriculum and Instruction

  • LTC 8915Classroom Research 2 Credits

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

Tuition & Fees

Missouri Resident Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $367.60
  • Fees: $65.77
  • Total: $433.37
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1102.80
  • Fees: $197.31
  • Total: $1300.11
Missouri Non-Resident Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $367.60
  • Fees: $65.77
  • Total: $433.37
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1102.80
  • Fees: $197.31
  • Total: $1300.11
Tuition rates are subject to change.

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