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Department of Educational Foundations & Literacy

Lovinger Building Room 3155
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Phone: 660.543.8641
Dr. Dawna Lisa (Buchanan) Butterfield, Chair


Master of Science in Education Degree Programs

There are two MSE degree programs available in the Department of Educational Foundations & Literacy:

  • MSE, Literacy Education
  • MSE, Curriculum & Instruction
    • K-12 Option
    • Middle Level Education Option
    • Secondary Education Option

The MSE in Literacy Education degee is designed to address the standards determined by the International Reading Association (IRA) and the MSE degrees in K-12 Education and Secondary Education are designed to address the five propositions of accomplished teaching as prescribed by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS).

The MSE in Literacy requires a minimum of 32 graduate hours; the MSE in Curriculum & Instruction options require a minimum of 30 graduate hours. To be accepted into a Master of Science in Education degree program in the Department of Educational Foundations & Literacy, a student must: (a) have a minimum undergraduate gradepoint average of 2.5; (b) submit proof of teacher certification or professional endorsement from any of the 50 states or territories and have graduated from an NCATE or regionally accredited university; and (c) submit a copy of his/her last summative teaching evaluation (i.e., a PBTE or similar evaluation form), or a letter from a school superintendent, principal or professor attesting to teaching ability and graduate school potential.

Applicants who do not meet these criteria must design, with a department advisor or graduate coordinator, a conditional program and complete the first 12 hours of that program (including the department's research course) with a minimum grade-point average of 3.50. International applicants should meet these requirements in comparable ways.

The following requirements apply to MSE degree programs listed above -- A student may apply a maximum of six hours of graduate study in EDFL Special Projects courses. (Students must consult and get approval from their graduate advisor for exceptions). A maximum of 12 graduate semester hours taken prior to the development of a program of study at Central and approved by the student's graduate program advisor may be accepted on a program of study. EDFL 5900 or an advisor-approved alternative research course must be taken within the first 12 hours of a program.

For more information about the MSE, Literacy Education, please contact:

Dr. Dawna Lisa (Buchanan) Butterfield
Literacy Program Coordinator
Lovinger Building, Room 3155
Phone 660-543-8641

For more information on the other MSE degree programs, please contact:

Dr. Terrell Brown
Assistant Professor and
EdFL Graduate Program Coordinator
Lovinger Building, Room 2206
Phone 660-543-8678


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