Master of Education

M.Ed. in Language and Literacy

Offered face-to-face in the Kansas City area and Online.

The Master of Education in Language and Literacy degree is designed with the following two tracks for two types of educators:

This program is also available in an off-campus cohort format. Classes meet in or near your school one night a week, the same night for the entire program. You will finish one course every eight weeks and make-up options are available should an occasional scheduling conflict occur. To learn more or apply, please call (800) 946-9802 or e-mail parkcohorts@graduateprogram.orgMore Go

Courses are offered in the eight-week format. Full-time enrollment is one course per eight-week term.

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Program-Specific Admission Requirements

In addition to the general admission requirements for the School of Education, you must also meet the following admission requirements for the Master of Education in Language and Literacy program:

  • A Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution and hold a valid state teaching certificate (applicant must provide copy of certificate).
  • Students seeking Special Reading Teacher Track or English Language Learners (ELL) certification must have: two years teaching experience by the time they apply for certification.
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) on a 4.00 scale and 2.5 GPA in core.
  • Child abuse and neglect screening. (Contact Melanie Kinney in the School of Education at (816) 584-6233.)
  • Felony background check and FBI fingerprint check. (Contact Melanie Kinney in the School of Education at (816) 584-6233.)
    • Note: If the above two requirements have been completed for current employment with a school district or with the military, a copy of same may be submitted. These two items are not needed for non-certification students.
  • Be officially admitted to the School of Education.
  • Students with a cumulative GPA between 2.75 and 3.0 may be considered for admission, if they provide one of the following:
    • Four (4) years successful employment experience (letter of recommendation from supervisor based on good evaluations).
    • An acceptable GRE score for verbal and quantitative tests.


The Master of Education in Language & Literacy requires a minimum of 30 completed credit hours. Refer to your catalog for a complete listing of coursework for this degree.

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Graduation Requirements

  • Successful completion of 30 credit hours, with no grade lower than a "C" in the required courses, with a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher.
  • An approved portfolio that addresses satisfactorily the InternationalLiteracy Association Standards or the TESOL Standards (depending on the program) is required. The portfolio must be presented by the fifth week of the last term in the student's program. Students must successfully pass the SFE Disposition Instrument for Graduate Candidates. A student cannot complete the program without an acceptable portfolio.
  • An Application for Graduation is required before a completion statement is posted to the transcript. Students must submit the completed form with the appropriate fee.