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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:

The MSE in Literacy Education degee is designed to address the standards determined by the International Reading Association (IRA) and the MSE Curriculum & Instruction options 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. 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, Curriculum & Instruction options, please contact:

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


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