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Department of Middle, Secondary,
and Adult Education

PO Box 800
Lovinger 3155
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Phone: 660-543-4452 or 8662
Fax: 660-543-4954

Master of Science in Education, Literacy


The MSE in Literacy is a graduate-level degree designed for professional educators. It has been developed to help enhance careers 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 helps prepare students for a wide range of literacy positions, including literacy coach, reading teacher, and/or literacy specialist. Additional courses may be required for the K-12 Special Reading Certificate following a DESE transcript analysis of undergraduate work. The program enhances opportunities to contribute to professional publications and presentations in the field of literacy education.


Please see our MSE in Literacy brochure and poster for more information.


Course Formats


You will have access to highly qualified faculty who are leaders in the field of literacy education. Personal instruction and advising from one of these faculty members helps you be successful in the classroom and in the field. Courses are offered in flexible formats (online and/or hybrid) to work around your busy schedule.


All classes will be offered in either online or hybrid formats with exception of the practica requirement (EDFL 5220 and EDFL 5230), which is offered during the summer at the UCM Summit Center. Hybrid courses combine traditional course format with online learning to create clear communication and collaboration while still being flexible.


Depending on the your personal schedule, it usually takes anywhere from 2 to 4 years to complete the graduate hours required for the degree. We suggest that you take your time with graduate courses as the course workload tends to be higher than undergraduate classes.


Admission Requirements


MSE classes are offered for the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters and you don't need to wait until Fall to start - you can also begin your program in Spring or Summer.


To be accepted into the MSE degree program, you must:


For more information on Graduate Admissions, please visit the Graduate and International Student Services Admission page. All application materials should be received a minimum of three weeks prior to the first date of the semester in which the student wishes to enroll.


After you are accepted, you will be assigned a graduate advisor who will assist you in developing a Program of Study and selecting courses to help you finish your program in a way that best meets your needs.


To determine the cost of completing the program, please refer to UCM's Online Cost Calculator.


For more information, please contact


Dr. Matt Thomas

Lovinger 2133