Open more doors and make a greater impact. 

Founded on a deep respect for practicing educators, the Master of Education at UMSL provides a wide range of opportunities for practicing teachers and other educators to develop their unique skills set and increase their impact. Multiple emphasis areas within the Master of Education program allow students to focus their studies on a defined area.

The Master of Education degree has five emphasis areas:

  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Reading
  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)


Program type:

Graduate, MEd


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Master of Education

The Master of Education program was designed to build a solid foundation of knowledge, skills and understanding for dedicated, experienced professionals in a diverse range of interest areas. Along with general advanced coursework, students choose from one of five specialized emphasis areas depending on their career goals. Candidates will have the opportunity to engage in action research within their own classrooms or educational work settings. A variety of coursework will better prepare students to identify problems of practice, collect and analyze data to improve student learning, develop curriculum, practice learning theory and pedagogy, educational technology and educational administration. Learn more about each emphasis area and admission requirements by viewing the "Degree Information" tab below.

Outcomes and Career Outlook

Upon completion of the program, graduates will be able to:

  • Continually and systematically reflect on professional growth to enhance student learning.
  • Integrate technology to create meaningful student learning within the context of a global digital society.
  • Apply advanced content and pedagogical knowledge to create authentic and deep learning experiences.
  • Extend learning science principles to design, implement, and evaluate curriculum based on learning standards.
  • Create and foster effective working relationships with students, school colleagues, families, and community members to enhance student learning and well-being.
  • Design and establish a safe, inclusive, and respectful learning environment that nurtures the intellectual, social, and personal development of all students.
  • Utilize equitable frameworks and inclusive practices to expertly create a variety of instructional and assessment opportunities adapted to diverse learners to encourage all students’ critical thinking, problem solving, and performance skills.

Employment of high school teachers is projected to grow up to 8% to 2030, with a median annual salary of $61,820, according to wage and employment data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.


Median annual salary


Employment growth by 2030

Career Opportunities

  • Elementary School Teacher
  • Secondary School Teacher
  • Department Chair
  • Curriculum Developer
  • Textbook Editor
  • Educational Consultant
  • Tutor
  • Educational Program Planner
  • Business Owner
  • Informal Learning Specialist
  • International Education Specialist


Admissions requirements include an earned baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with an overall grade point average of 3.0 or higher, a completed UMSL Graduate School Application, official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended and two letters of recommendation.

Application Deadlines

Fall - July 1, Spring - December 1, Summer - May 1

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Plan of study

Curriculum and Instruction Emphasis

Curriculum and Instruction Emphasis

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Early Childhood Emphasis

Early Childhood Emphasis

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Interdisciplinary Studies Emphasis

Interdisciplinary Studies

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Reading Emphasis
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Emphasis

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Emphasis

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Non-Missouri Residents: Prospective students are responsible for reviewing the NC-SARA state authorizations page to see if this program is offered in their state throughout their program and to review the licensure or certification requirements for the state in which they reside.

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Career Services – Students have access to professional career counselors who can assist in everything from resume development and interview preparation to lining up an internship or connecting you with your next fulltime career. UMSL alumni also enjoy high quality, lifelong career management programming, services, events and resources to assist in all phases of career development.

Networking – with the largest alumni network in the region, UMSL graduate students have access to leading professionals engaged in business, research, entrepreneurship, non-profit, government, community organizations. Our academic units engage this network in curriculum development to ensure our graduate students gain the skills needed to advance along their choose career path.

Research – There are many opportunities for graduate students to showcase their research including our annual Graduate Research Fair, which is open to students from all graduate programs. Doctoral and thesis master’s students can also compete in the Three Minute Thesis challenge to be evaluated by a panel of judges for a chance to win cash prizes.