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Lovinger Building Room 3300
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Phone: 660.543.4235
Fax: 660.543.4382
Dr. Nicole Nickens, Chair


Science studentsGraduate Degree Programs

Math Specialist

The University of Central Missouri Mathematics Education and the Department of Elementary & Early Childhood Education are excited to offer the Elementary Mathematics Specialist CertificateAll courses in the EMS Certificate program are offered via distance (online and/or ITV sessions) with supervised internships throughout the program.  You will learn to coach students as well as fellow teachers in learning math and facilitating math learning.

Upon completion of the program, you will be certified as an Elementary Mathematics Specialist in the state of Missouri. Elementary Mathematics Specialists will be prepared to fill a variety of roles:  mathematics coach, mathematics resource teacher, mathematics curriculum supervisor, or mathematics teacher in a departmentalized setting.

The following admission requirements apply to the Certificate in Elementary Math Specialist program: 

  • Candidates must have current certification in Elementary and/or Middle School in the State of Missouri,
  • a 2.5 minimum undergraduate GPA,
  • a minimum of one year of classroom teaching experience, and
  • a recent teaching evaluation [consideration will be given to candidates who do not yet have one year of classroom teaching].

MSE in Elementary Education

The Master of Science in Education (Elementary Education, Curriculum and Instruction) program offers courses relevant to educators in early childhood and elementary education. The MSE in Elementary Education is based upon the National Board Standards for the early and middle childhood education areas.  The UCM graduate with an MSE in Elementary Education will use the knowledge and skills obtained in the program to:

  • Demonstrate a commitment to students and their learning.
  • Understand the subjects he/she teaches and how to teach those subjects to students.
  • Be responsible for managing and monitoring student learning.
  • Think systematically about his/her practice and learn from experience.
  • Demonstrate his/her commitment as a member of learning communities.

Required courses (20 hours) 

Click on linked course numbers for a description with syllabus. Please note that courses are offered on a rotating basis; not all courses are offered each semester. Please see Schedule of Courses guaranteed to be offered through Spring of 2014 and work with your advisor to plan a course of study.

  • ECEL 5170: Advanced Foundations of Childhood Education
  • ECEL 5240: Leadership and Analysis of Teaching Children
  • ECEL 5720: Childhood Curriculum and Assessment
  • ECEL 5730: Exemplary Instructional Practices
  • ECEL 5920: Childhood Research and Development
  • ECEL 6800: MSE Internship for Childhood Educators
  • ECEL 6810: Capstone for Childhood Educators

Electives (10 hours)

The student will work with his/her graduate advisor to determine a set of courses to complete the 10 hours of 5000 or 6000-level electives from an area such as Literacy, Special Education, or Child and Family Development.

Departmentally Approved Electives
  • ECEL 5350: Supervision of Student Teaching
  • ECEL 5360: Trends and Issues in Childhood Education
  • ECEL 5850: The Child’s Physical and Social World

Applying for the MSE Program

To be accepted into the Master of Science in Education degree program in the Department of Elementary & Early Childhood Education, a student must:

    1. have a minimum undergraduate grade-point average of 2.5;
    2. 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;
    3. submit a copy of his/her last summative teaching evaluation [e.g., a Missouri School Improvement Program (MSIP) evaluation or a Performance-Based Teacher Evaluation (PBTE)], or a letter from a school superintendent, principal, or professor attesting to teaching skills and/or graduate school potential. 

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For questions regarding these programs or for additional information, please contact Dr. Nicole Nickens, Graduate Coordinator, Lovinger 3300, 660-543-4235, email: