Master of Education in Language and Literacy
The Master of Education in Language and Literacy degree is designed with three tracks, for three types of educators:
The Classroom Teacher track, for K-12 educators already holding certification and teaching in public and private schools. This track is designed to help "regular" classroom teachers enhance the literacy development of all learners in their classrooms, and to help them work effectively with learners who have literacy needs, within their classrooms. This track does not lead to additional certification.
The Special Reading Teacher/Literacy Coach track, for educators desiring to work as literacy coaches or special reading teachers, in various public and private settings. The degree program meets the International Reading Association's Standards for Reading Professionals (2003 revision) for Category II: The Classroom Teacher and Category III: The Reading Specialist/Literacy Coach. This track leads to Missouri Special Reading certification. This certification is not available as an initial certificate; candidates must already be certified in another area.
The English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Teacher track, for educators desiring ESOL linguistics and second language acquisition basics as well as ESOL methods, materials, and assessments for public and private schools. This degree program meets the International Reading Association's Standards for Reading Professional, National TESOL Standards as well as Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education ESOL Standards. This track leads to Missouri ESOL certification. Certification is not available as an initial certificate; candidates must already be certified in another area.
Courses will be offered in the eight-week format. Full-time enrollment is one course per eight-week term.
Each applicant must hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited United States institution of higher learning or four years of equivalent full-time college work from an accredited international institution.
The minimum undergraduate grade point average (GPA) required for admission is 3.00 on a 4.00 scale and a 2.5 GPA in the core. Students with a GPA between 2.75 and 3.0 may be considered for admission if they provide an acceptable GRE or GMAT score taken within the past five years of application date, or meet other requirements per the program director’s discretion. In some circumstances, a probationary status may be granted to those who do not meet minimum admission standards. Although entrance test scores by themselves do not constitute the sole or final criterion for granting or denying admission to any student, each program that uses test scores will consider them, in combination with other criteria, as an essential part of the requirements for granting full admission.
Applicants who hold a master's degree are not required to submit scores on GRE or GMAT.
Admission may be withdrawn if it was granted on the basis of substantially incorrect information or on the omission of relevant facts, which, if known at the time of the admission, would have resulted in denial. In order to complete the application process, applicants must submit to the Graduate School the following documents unless otherwise indicated by policy:
- An application for graduate admission.
- An application fee.
- An official transcript of the bachelor's degree sent to the Graduate School by the issuing institution, or a valid state teaching certificate (applicant must provide a copy of certificate).
- For admission to the Special Reading Teacher/Literary Coach Track – two years teaching experience.
- An official record of the score on the aptitude portions of the GRE or GMAT, whichever is appropriate, and if required, sent directly to the Graduate School by the testing agency.
- Felony background check and FBI fingerprint check.
- Child abuse and neglect screening.
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