Program Requirements

Students work in groups

Degree requirements

  1. Satisfactory completion of a minimum of 33 approved graduate hours with a minimum overall GPA of 3.00.
  2. No more than 16 hours of 600-level course work may be applied to the graduate degree program.
  3. Comprehensive Examination.  A comprehensive examination or equivalent must be passed by the candidate before a degree will be granted.
  4. Research. Option I: Satisfactory completion of one extensive paper or major creative work facilitated through the research seminar course.
    Option II.  Satisfactory completion of a thesis in the candidate’s discipline.  This credit shall be not more than 6 hours of the minimum 33 required for the degree.
  5. Transfer credit.  A maximum of 30% of the 33 hours of graduate credit may be accepted toward the master’s degree.  All transfer credit must be “A” or “B” grade status from an accredited college or university and must be approved by the Coordinator of the Elementary Education Graduate Program or the Department Head of Childhood Education and Family Studies.

Course requirements

Courses may count only once in meeting the 33 hour program course requirements.

  1. Required Core Courses - 12 hrs
    ELE 711 Contemporary Issues in Elementary Curriculum
    ELE 725 The Emerging Master Teacher
    ELE 720 Advanced Theory and Practice in Student Assessment and Evaluation
    SFR 780 Educational Research Methodology
    ELE 772* Research Seminar in Elementary Education (Research Option I) OR
    EEM 799 Thesis (Research Option II)

    * ELE 775 Research Writing (1-3 hrs) may be taken as an elective up to 3 times to support research work.
  2. Electives. Students in consultation with the Coordinator of the Elementary Education graduate program of advisor will select electives based on student interest and need to bring the total credits for the program to 33 hours.

Graduate Certificate in Elementary Curriculum and Instruction - select 12 hrs

  • ELE 710 Elementary School Curriculum
  • ELE 713 Advanced Theory and Practice in the Teaching of Communication Arts
  • ELE 714 Advanced Theory and Practice in the Teaching of Social Studies
  • ELE 715 Advanced Theory and Practice in the Teaching of Mathematics
  • ELE 716 Advanced Theory and Practice in the Teaching of Science
  • ELE 721 Standard-based Integrated Curriculum, Learning and Teaching
  • ELE 722 Differentiated Instruction for Early Childhood, Elementary and Middle School

Graduate Certificate in Elementary Mathematics Specialist (EMS) with Missouri DESE Certification - 24 hrs

The Master of Science in Education, Elementary Mathematics Specialist is designed for practicing teachers (with at least 2 years of experience teaching elementary or middle school). This track is part of a statewide Mathematics specialist certification in collaboration with other Missouri Universities. Elementary Mathematics Specialist (EMS) professionals can serve students and schools in a variety of ways including as classroom teachers, lead or mentor teachers, and school or district-based mathematics specialists.

Prerequisites - 8 hrs

  • MTH 750 Number and Operations for Elementary Mathematics Specialists
  • ELE 730 Internship in Numbers and Operations
  • MTH 752 Rational Numbers and Proportional Thinking for Elementary Mathematics Specialists
  • ELE 732 Internship for Rational Numbers and Proportional Thinking

Required Courses - 16 hrs

  • MTH 754 Algebraic Reasoning for Elementary Mathematics Specialists
  • ELE 734 Internship for Algebraic Reasoning
  • MTH 760 Geometry and Measurement for Elementary Mathematics Specialists
  • ELE 738 Internship for Geometry and Measurement
  • MTH 758 Data and Probability for Elementary Mathematics Specialists
  • ELE 736 Foundations of Mathematical Leadership I for Elementary Mathematics Specialists
  • ELE 737 Foundations of Mathematical Leadership II for Elementary Mathematics Specialists

Graduate Certificate in Conservation Education - 12 hrs

  • EEM 716 Nature Unfolds
  • EEM 717 Nature Unleashed
  • EEM 718 Project Wet, Wild and Learning Tree
  • EEM 719 Nature Unhooked: CMAE Conserving Missouri's Aquatic Ecosystems

Visit the Graduate Catalog for details about the Conservation Focus and Certificate Program in Elementary Education.

Graduate Certificate in Education of the Exceptionally Gifted-Talented Child - 12 hrs*

  • EEM 720 Introduction to Learner Development and Differences in Gifted and Talented Students
  • EEM 721 Curriculum Planning, Instruction and Assessment in Gifted and Talented Education I
  • EEM 722 Curriculum Planning, Instruction and Assessment in Gifted and Talented Education II
  • EEM 723 Learning Environments and Collaborations in Gifted and Talented Education

*Adding SFR 780, Educational Research Methodology, and ELE 772, Research Seminar in Elementary Education, will earn Missouri DESE certification for Gifted and Talented Education.

Graduate Certificate in Educational Technology - 16-17 hrs

Visit the Graduate Catalog for details about the Educational Technology Focus and Certificate Program in Elementary Education.

Graduate Certificate in Literacy - select 12 hrs

  • RDG 700 Relationship of Language to Literacy and Intellectual Development
  • RDG 710 Content Area Literacy
  • RDG 740 Issues and Trends in Literacy Education
  • RDG 770 Curriculum Design in Literacy
  • RDG 780 Assessment Procedures for the Literacy Specialist
  • RDG 781 Assessment of Literacy Problems (must be taken concurrently with RDG 782)
  • RDG 782 Remediation of Literacy Problems (must be taken concurrently with RDG 781)

Visit the Graduate Catalog for details about the Literacy Focus and Certificate Program in Elementary Education.