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Program Overview


The MEd in Elementary Education with Concentration Options is designed for certified teachers and is appropriate for early childhood and elementary teachers, specialists, department chairpersons, and those who work in informal or international educational settings. Candidates choose two 9 hour concentration areas that will support their personal growth and development as an educational leader. It is important that both students and advisors plan ahead to insure courses in concentration areas are taken when they are offered in the 3 year rotation schedule. Programs must be planned with the academic advisor and meet the approval of the faculty advisor, adhering to the College of Education and UMSL Graduate School policies.

The MEd in Elementary Education consists of 15 required hours (5 courses) plus student choice of two 9 hour concentrations from the list below. The General emphasis requirements are met by (a) completing three required foundational courses (9 hrs.) toward the beginning of the MEd program, (b) completing the coursework for two choice concentration areas (2*9 hrs each), and (c) completing the two exit capstone research classes (6 hrs.) for a total of 33 hours.

Concentrations:
  • Supporting Language Learners: TESOL Concentration I
  • Supporting Language Learners: TESOL Concentration II (DESE TESOL Endorsement)
  • Literacy Concentrations I
  • Literacy Concentrations II
  • Curriculum and Instruction Concentration
  • Special Education Concentration
  • Social Justice Issues Concentration
  • Leadership in Education Concentration
  • STEM Concentration
  • Discipline Content Area Concentration
  • Elective Concentration
  • Early Childhood Concentration I
  • Early Childhood Concentration II

Learn more about the program curriculum.


What UMSL Education has to offer


UMSL’s College of Education is a hub of innovation, where diverse scholars, practitioners and education-focused entrepreneurs converge to problem solve, incubate and develop ideas and modes of practice that propel the entire field of education forward. The college provides a plethora of undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degree programs that prepare and sustain culturally competent, dedicated and highly trained teachers for a variety of traditional and non-traditional educational settings. The college also prepares administrators, counselors, school psychologists, behavior analysts, educational scholars and entrepreneurs. One of the state of Missouri’s largest prepares of educators, the college is consistently recognized for its excellence in teacher preparation. Its innovative Studio School model – which has the college partnering with more than 30 local schools – allows for collaborative practicum experiences that enrich future teacher’s learning while also strengthening the St. Louis region as a whole. 

Regularly available for student guidance and support, the College of Education's Office of Advising and Student Services (OASIS) offers students an unmatched resource for the planning, development and execution of their degree or degrees in education.

By partnering with a vast array of educational, business and community resources, the College of Education provides opportunities for students to develop professional connections for improving their careers as well as their communities. Graduates find jobs not only in schools, but in museums, zoos, nonprofit youth serving organizations, businesses, government agencies, national education organizations and art foundations.

For more on UMSL Education, visit coe.umsl.edu.