• Course Delivery
    100% Online
  • Total Credits
    33
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
    $466.70
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit
    $1145.60

The Department of Education Sciences and Professional Programs provides students with an opportunity, through the M.Ed. in Community Education, to cultivate the insights, capacities, and skill sets required to lead educational innovation, harness the power of technology for community engagement, strengthen critical literacies, bridge in-school, out-of-school, and lifelong learning, and build stronger, more resilient communities. Through coursework and hands-on, place-based experiences, students will grapple with such concepts and practices as heritage, relevance, inclusion, collaboration, critical analysis, dialogue, co-created experiences, community capacity building, and empowerment. This degree is the nexus of putting knowledge into action in the service of community goals.


The M.Ed. in Community Education has 100% online options. The degree provides a scaffold from entry-level to leadership positions in parks, museums, science centers, public agencies, and other community service organizations. It also equips students to pursue practitioner-focused doctoral degrees (e.g., Doctorate in Educational Practice, Ed.D.) and research-focused doctoral degrees (e.g., Doctorate of Philosophy, Ph.D.) in education.

Admissions & Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. 3.0 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale
  2. 2 letters of recommendation

  3. Official transcripts from all previous schools
  4. Completed UMSL Graduate School Application
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

Rolling admissions. Application review will begin upon receipt of all required application materials.

Courses

Core
  • ED FND 6422Analysis of Cultural Literacies3 Credits

    Prerequisites: Graduate standing. Students will conduct a critical study of community relations, examining strategies that strengthen diversity, relevance and inclusion, tap into community funds of knowledge, promote civil discourse and respectful dialogue, foster healing and resilience, and transform community education contexts.

  • ED TECH 6460Technology Development in Community Organizations3 Credits

    Prerequisites: Graduate standing. Students will explore the effective use of technology in community education contexts, examining strategies to bridge the digital divide, leverage the power of information systems, engage in effective social messaging campaigns, and create media products with and for diverse audiences.

  • EDUC 6442Leadership in Community Education3 Credits
  • EDUC/HIST 6142The History and Practice of Community Education 3 Credits

    Prerequisites: Graduate standing. Students will explore the history of community-based education initiatives cultivating the insights, capacities and skill sets required to lead educational innovation, use information, media and technology effectively, strengthen cultural literacies, and engage in leadership and community development.

  • TCH ED 6440Innovation in Education3 Credits

    Prerequisites: Graduate Standing. Addresses facets of community education beginning with the theoretical background. Reflection will be examined as a key component of community education and reflective questioning techniques developed and practiced. Students will develop an understanding of community education.

Tuition & Fees

Missouri Resident Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $466.70
  • Fees: $89.00
  • Total: $555.70
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1400.10
  • Fees: $267.00
  • Total: $1667.10
Missouri Non-Resident Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $1145.60
  • Fees: $89.00
  • Total: $1234.60
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $3436.80
  • Fees: $267.00
  • Total: $3703.80
Missouri Midwest Exchange Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $700.05
  • Fees: $89.00
  • Total: $789.05
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $2100.15
  • Fees: $267.00
  • Total: $2367.15
Metro Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $466.70
  • Fees: $89.00
  • Total: $555.70
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1400.10
  • Fees: $267.00
  • Total: $1667.10
Tuition rates are subject to change.

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