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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 program is a two-year 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 from 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 prepares 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.


Course Formats


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


All classes will be offered in either online or hybrid formats with exception of the practica requirement (EDFL 5320 & EDLF 5330), which are offered during the summer at the UCM Summit Center. Hybrids courses combine the traditional course format with online learning to create clear communication and collaboration while still being flexible.


Depending on the student's personal schedule, it usually takes anywhere from 1 to 3 years to complete the 32 graduate hours required for the degree. We suggest that students take their time with graduate courses as the course load tends to be higher than undergraduate classes.


Admission Requirements


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


To be accepted into the MSE degree program, students 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 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