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M.S. Ed., Curriculum & Instruction

Teacher Education Master of Science Degree in Curriculum and Instruction Program

About the Program

Classes in the Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction are offered completely on-line. Students take six hours per semester (fall, spring, and summer) and can finish in six semesters.  The program and instruction is perfect for professional educators who want to continue their education around their busy schedules.  Faculty members who teach in the M.S.Ed., Curriculum and Instruction program are experienced educational leaders and content specialists.  The program provides both teachers and teacher education graduates with an opportunity to expand their knowledge in education, improve their practice and learn how to better plan and carry out their curriculum.


The mission of the Teacher Education Department is to develop reflective educators for a global society.

What You'll Learn


The MSSU Teacher Education faculty and staff are dedicated to developing competent teachers who will incorporate into their classrooms a strong foundation of knowledge and pedagogy; a lifelong love of teaching and learning; and motivation to improve practice through reflection, self-study, and professional development.  It is our goal to assure that all candidates become ethical classroom practitioners, cognizant of the need to help all students meet their full learning potential.  All Teacher Education programs have been approved by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).  


Program of Study

Required for degree completion 36 credit hours  
Required Courses for M.S.Ed., C&I major 18 credit hours  
        EDUC 630 - Assessment of Student Learning 3  
        EDUC 650 - Research Design 3  
        EDUC 605 -  Educational Technology 3  
        EDUC 620 - Advanced Learning Theories 3  
        EDUC 625 - Literacy Instruction 3  
        EDUC 640 - Curriculum Construction 3  
 Electives 18 credit hours  
        EDUC 645 - Improvement of Instruction 3  
        EDUC 635 - School Law 3  
        EDUC 660 - Teacher Leadership 3  
        EDUC 601 - Current Issues 3  
        EDUC 610 - Multiculturalism in Education 3  
        EDUC 615 - Managing Classroom Environments 3  
Electives can be taken toward customized emphasis areas,  including Secondary Content and/or *TESOL.
*leading to certification.  Meet with the graduate program advisor to build  your plan of study.

2017 - 2018 Catalog Master of Science in Education, Curriculum and Instruction

Admission to the M.S. Ed., Curriculum and Instruction

  1. Complete application for admission and pay application fee.  
  2. Possess and earned baccalaureate degree in a related field from an institution accredited by agencies recognized by Missouri Southern State University.
  3. Submit to the MSSU Admission Office your official undergraduate transcript showing a minimum overal grade point average* of 3.000.   *GRE scores may be able to substitute for unmet GPA requirement.  Contact the graduate program advisor for details.   Graduate program transcripts will need to be submitted to
  4. Submit a professional autobiography focused on the applicant's professional goals and leadership roles.
  5. Submit reference forms, one from current principal and two from professional colleagues.  

Financial Aid

Students who wish to apply for financial aid for a graduate program should complete the free application for student aid (FAFSA) and list the Missouri Southern State University school code; 002488. 

Stafford Loans can be used for graduate studies provided the student is degree-seeking.

Lion Pride Tuition :  Students in the M.S.Ed. program are eligible for Lion Pride tuition grants in-state tuition to students from Kansas, Oklahoma and Arkansas and 30 counties in Illinois.

TEACH grants are available to eligible graduate students.

Books, tuition and student fees are subject to change annually.

Tuition and Fees

In-State and *Lion Pride Tuition  - $250 per credit hour   Tuition and Fees chart

Out of State Tuition - $375 per credit hour

Graduate Program Fee - $20 per credit hour

 Comprehensive Examination Fee - fee assessed by semester

*Lion Pride Tuition Discount for in-state tuition includes all of Arkansas, Kansas and Oklahoma plus 30 counties in Illinois.  

Beginning this fall (2016), the Lion Pride Tuition Discount will include every state touching Missouri: Arkansas, Kansas, Oklahoma, Illinois, Iowa, Tennessee, Kentucky, Nebraska; and all counties in Texas.  

Steps to Graduation

Contact Us

 Maggie Beachner, PH.D
 Teacher Education Graduate Program Coordinator

Phone: 417-625-3079