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Program Overview

The Master of Education in Community Education helps students cultivate the insights, capacities, and skill sets required to lead educational innovation, harness the power of technology for community engagement, strengthen critical literacies, bridge in-school, out-of- school, and lifelong learning, and build stronger, more resilient communities. Through coursework and place-based experiences, students will grapple with such concepts and practices as heritage, relevance, inclusion, collaboration, critical analysis, dialogue, co-created experiences, community capacity building, and empowerment. This degree is the nexus of putting knowledge into action in the service of community goals.

The MEd in Community Education is offered in a 100% online format and provides a scaffold from entry-level to leadership positions in parks, museums, science centers, public agencies, and other community service organizations. Program faculty have expertise in such community education topics as: technology for community engagement; inclusive communities; health, human performance and community engagement; social justice and the urban educational context; and museums, park interpretation, heritage and public history. The degree does not include teacher certification

The MEd consists of 33 hours of graduate coursework, including foundation courses (15 hours), approved electives (12-15 hours), and a capstone experience (3-6 hours). The capstone experience provides students with an opportunity to gain in-depth experience in a community education context. For professionals already working in the community education field, the capstone experience facilitates project-based learning that can be completed in situ.

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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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