Master of Education

For CMU program information, contact information, and an online application visit the MEd website.

The Master of Education program is primarily designed for the growth and advancement of educational professionals who desire to

  • complete an accredited master's degree;
  • complete requirements to advance through the tiered levels of teacher classifications; and/or
  • complete specific required coursework for additional content area endorsements or certifications from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).

The program is 36 credit hours in length. It can be completed during full- or part-time study. Courses are offered in the evening with some courses available during the day on the Fayette campus.

Student Outcomes:

  1. Be proactive lifelong learners helping to shape all aspects of their schools, school districts, or workplaces.
  2. Be critical and creative decision-makers who base their decisions on a consciously developed set of values, an in-depth body of knowledge, current research, and accepted educational theories.
  3. Be able to facilitate the learning of each student in their classrooms or of their peers by providing and supporting opportunities for exploration, invention, discovery, and construction of knowledge.
  4. Be able to articulate the theories that guide their methodology and to adapt this methodology to the changing needs of a diverse student population or workplace.
  5. Be prepared to continue to expand their present educational knowledge base as field-based research professionals.

Admission Requirements

Students are admitted to the Master of Education degree program on the basis of academic preparation, aptitude for graduate study, and character based on the following:

  • baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university
  • undergra­duate GPA of 3.0 (or more) on a 4.0 scale
  • two (2) letters of recommendation from school ad­minis­trators, professional colleagues, or col­lege pro­fessors addressing the applicant's sui­tability for graduate work
  • official transcripts of all previously completed col­lege and university coursework

Upon receipt and review of all information and supporting documents, applicants will be notified of their admission status. The University reserves the right to refuse admission to anyone who does not meet standards for admission. Students are admitted on a continuous enrollment basis, at any time of the year. Prospective students are encouraged to visit the campuses.

Graduation Requirements

  • Completion of the prescribed course of study for the MED program (36-hour minimum)
  • Overall GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale
  • A maximum of two (2) grades below a C is allowed, but the overall GPA must be a minimum of 3.0.
  • Courses with grades below "C" will not count toward graduation.
  • All work must be completed within a six-year (6-year) period from the time of initial enrollment.

Undergraduate Seniors

University seniors with a 3.0 or better cumulative GPA may enroll in a maximum of 6 hours of graduate credit upon approval of their undergraduate advisor and the Director of Graduate Studies. These hours will not count toward the baccalaureate degree but may be applied to the Master of Education degree.