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Program Overview

The Master of Education with an emphasis in Adult and Higher Education is intended for faculty and other educators who want to improve their adult teaching skills, persons who occupy and seek to advance into administrative or management positions in a variety of educational settings, and others who work with adults in a variety of agencies.

The MEd requires a minimum of 32 credit hours and includes courses in foundations, curriculum and teaching (including distance learning), organization and administration, research, and electives so that students can create an emphasis area to fit their career goals. This degree does not include teacher certification. To help address student interests, special topic seminars are offered from time to time. An internship in the student’s emphasis area is a required exit experience. Students will graduate with a higher education emphasis area.

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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.

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