Literacy Education

University of Central Missouri

12 months
627 USD/credit
627 USD/credit
313 USD/credit
Tuition fee
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The MSE in Literacy Education at the University of Central Missouri is a graduate-level degree designed for professional educators. It has been developed to help enhance your career and fine tune instructional knowledge. The MSE in Literacy Education prepares certified elementary, middle school, or secondary teachers to pursue an advanced degree in literacy education. 


Based on the International Literacy Association (ILA) Standards for Reading Professionals, this program will help prepare you for a wide range of literacy positions, including literacy coach, reading teacher, and/or literacy specialist. 

We offer a master degree in Literacy Education at the University of Central Missouri. Additional courses may be required for the K-12 Special Reading Certificate following a DESE transcript analysis of undergraduate work. Enhances your opportunities to contribute to professional publications and presentations in the field of literacy education.

Student Learning Outcomes

You will use the knowledge and skills obtained in the MSE in Literacy Education program to:

  • Demonstrate expertise in the theoretical and evidence-based foundations of reading and writing processes and instruction.
  • Foster the use of instructional approaches, materials and an integrated, comprehensive, balanced curriculum to support learning in reading and writing.
  • Be responsible for managing and monitoring a variety of assessment tools and practices to plan and evaluate effective reading and writing instruction.
  • Model, create and engage students in literacy practices that develop awareness, understanding, respect, and a valuing of differences in our society.
  • Create a literate environment that fosters reading and writing by integrating foundational knowledge, instructional practices, approaches and methods, curriculum materials, and the appropriate use of assessments.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to professional development as a career-long effort and responsibility.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Introduction to Content Area Literacy 
  • Methods and Materials for Literacy Enhancement 
  • Assessment of Literacy Development 
  • Advanced Language Arts Methods: Culture and Communication 
  • Language Development in the Literacy Program 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




35 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited or National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education institution with a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.5
  • Submit proof of teacher certification or provide a professional endorsement from any of the 50 states or territories
  • Submit a copy of a recent summative teaching evaluation (i.e., a PBTE or similar evaluation form), or a letter from a school superintendent, principal, or professor attesting to teaching abilities and graduate school potential
  • Submit an application for admission (including submission of official undergraduate transcripts)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    627 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 627 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    627 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 627 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
  • In-State

    313 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 313 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.


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