Master of Education
The master of education program offers all of its classes online and has rolling entry dates every eight weeks throughout the year. Assignments are designed to enhance classroom teaching, curriculum and assessment of student growth. Students will be provided with an elevated level of experience in educational theory and methods to further develop their teaching skills for implementation in classroom environments.
The master of education program prepares teachers to:
- Communicate and collaborate effectively
- Evaluate programs and practices for student success
- Conduct relevant action research
- Enhance critical thinking in a positive learning environment
- Integrate advanced pedagogical and technological practices into curriculum
- Improve instructional methods
Along with the general education track, two other tracks are offered in the master of education program.
Alternative certification track
This provides potential teachers who do not have an education background the opportunity to earn certification in a variety of areas. Strong professional candidates can expand their knowledge in education and contribute to the profession with a wide range of professional experience and content knowledge. People who initially trained in other areas but discovered a passion for teaching may be interested in this track.
Students may select an area of certification that may or may not be directly related to the focus of their undergraduate degree. Program areas offered in the alternate certification track are art K-12, biology 9-12, business education 5-9 and 9-12, chemistry 9-12, English 9-12, health K-12, language arts 5-9, math 5-9 and 9-12, music instrumental K-12, music vocal K-12, physical education K-12, science 5-9, speech and theatre 5-9 and 9-12, and social science 5-9 and 9-12.
Students must pass a content test in the subject area before beginning the program.
Special Reading certification track
This track is for practicing elementary or early childhood teachers who seek certification as a Title I reading teacher, reading interventionist or a reading instructional coach. School districts need more highly-trained teachers in the area of reading specialization, and a new Missouri law requires teachers to take coursework to receive a Special Reading certificate to be eligible for reading positions at their school. This certification provides teachers with specialized training in assisting struggling readers.
This track also allows teachers to complete work toward their master of education degree upon earning certification.
- Career planning and placement services
- Access to our full library, including bibliographic databases with full-text capabilities
- Personalized advising and degree planning
- Accreditation by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
- Most students complete the program in 12 to 24 months
- Students who earn their master of education degree in Missouri are eligible to teach in any state
Program Cost and Financial Aid
No Application Fee
Tuition Per Credit Hour: $400
Technology Fee Per Course: $100 (fall, spring, summer)
Institutional aid is not available, but employees of our corporate and institutional partners will receive a 10 percent discount. Alumni receive a 15 percent discount. Only one discount may be applied.
C-SC students can complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine eligibility for unsubsidized loans. Go to studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa to apply for federal aid.
Interest-free payment options also are available through the college. Call 573-288-6492 for more information.
For graduation requirements and course listing, refer to the academic catalog published in the year you began the program.