Master of Education
Creating Transformational Educational Leaders
The Master of Education (M.Ed.) program is 100% online and designed to serve a variety of educators and potential educators! As a teacher entering a curriculum and instruction master’s program you can expect to gain a much deeper background on content knowledge, teaching styles, the psychology behind learning, and reflective teaching practices. If you are a practicing teacher who wishes to further your knowledge of curriculum and instruction, Culver-Stockton College’s traditional Master of Education pathway will provide you the flexibility to complete your master’s degree while continuing to teach.
If you are a practicing elementary or early childhood teacher who is seeking certification as a Title I Reading Teacher, Reading Interventionist, or a Reading Instructional Coach, then our Special Reading Certification curriculum within our Master of Education program is designed to meet your goals. Missouri law requires teachers to take coursework to receive a Special Reading Certificate to be eligible for reading positions at your school. Earn the certificate and then with additional coursework you may earn our Master of Education degree.
Are you someone who initially earned your degree in another field but has now discovered a passion for teaching? The Alternative Certification specialization pathway in our Master of Education degree is designed to provide professionals the opportunity to earn a teaching certificate to teach in Missouri or another state. Use your professional experience and expand your knowledge in education to contribute to the teaching profession. You may apply for a provisional teaching license and begin your master's degree and teach while you earn your master's degree.
Get Started on your Path to Success
Culver-Stockton College’s Master of Education program is truly flexible and meets the needs of a variety of professionals. We offer three areas of specialization: Curriculum and Instruction, Alternative Certification, and Special Reading Certification.
Master of Education – Curriculum and Instruction Specialization
The traditional Master of Education degree is focused on curriculum and instruction helping students apply principles of pedagogy, methodology, and instruction to the classroom. Courses span a mix of core courses and electives covering instructional technology, real-life instructional challenges and issues, classroom management, curriculum development and planning, educational research, and student learning assessment and evaluation. Our practice-based approach with hands-on experience includes a capstone final project aimed at addressing an educational problem or issue. Our program features three areas of specialization.
Special Reading Certification Specialization
School districts need more highly trained teachers in reading specialization. A Special Reading Certification with Culver-Stockton provides teachers with specialized training in assisting struggling readers. Earning the certificate also allows teachers to continue taking courses and earn a Master of Education degree.
Master of Education – Alternative Certification
The Alternative Certification specialization pathway in our Master of Education degree provides potential teachers who do not have an education background the opportunity to earn certification in a variety of areas. You may select an area of teacher education certification that may or may not be directly related to the focus of your undergraduate degree. Program areas offered in the alternate certification track are art K-12, biology 9-12, business education 5-9 and 9-12, chemistry 9-12, English 9-12, health K-12, language arts 5-9, math 5-9 and 9-12, music instrumental K-12, music vocal K-12, physical education K-12, science 5-9, speech and theatre 5-9 and 9-12, and social science 5-9 and 9-12.
Culver-Stockton College’s Master of Education is accredited by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). Students completing the Alternative Certification specialization Master of Education program are eligible to be certified to teach in Missouri and in any state.
The C-SC Difference
During the Culver-Stockton Master of Education program, you will engage in assignments that are designed to enhance classroom teaching, curriculum, and the assessment of student growth. Our Master of Education degree provides an elevated experience in educational theory and methods to further develop your teaching skills and prepares you to implement your teaching skills in classroom environments.
Our flexible and affordable Master of Education program prepares teachers that:
- Communicate and collaborate effectively
- Evaluate programs and practices for student success
- Conduct relevant action research
- Enhance critical thinking in a positive learning environment
- Integrate advanced pedagogical and technological practices into curriculum
- Improve instructional methods
Mission of the Master of Education Program
The mission the Culver-Stockton College Master of Education Program is to prepare and support current and future educators who can effectively facilitate learning for every student. The exceptional curriculum will allow these educators to develop and implement innovative pedagogical and technological practices within their classrooms while participating in a supportive online learning community.
Points of Pride
- Elementary school teachers with a master's degree make 50% more than teachers with a bachelor's degree
- 100% of MEd Alternative Certification graduates found a job in their preferred field after graduation
- 100% of graduates of the MEd Special Reading program are eligible to be certified in Special Reading after graduation
- Students are able to complete coursework and practicum hours in their area of interest
- Faculty and staff work one-on-one with students to secure appropriate placements
- Low faculty to student ratio allows professors to work with students on an individual basic
- Full-time Culver-Stockton College education faculty teach the online courses in the MEd program
- Classes are 100% online to allow students to work full-time while enrolled
Students will build upon the foundations of their undergraduate studies by participating in advanced learning experiences that require students to communicate effectively. think critically, and evaluate educational programs and practices in a real-world setting
- Students will be able to use the knowledge during and upon completion of the program to enhance their current teaching practice and achieve goals for moving forward in their career
Meet the Faculty
Dr. Lindsay Uhlmeyer Assistant Professor of Education
Dr. Cindy Whiston Associate Professor of Education
Career Outlook The Possibilities are Endless
M.Ed. Degree Curriculum & Instruction
The Master of Education degree in curriculum and instruction provides opportunities for working as an advanced teacher or serving in teacher leadership roles. The degree also opens and sets graduates up for advanced roles as curriculum and education specialists, instructional coordinators, instructional designers, educational technology managers, or directors of curriculum and instructional design.
M.Ed. Degree Special Reading Certification
A Special Reading Certificate to be eligible for reading positions Title I Reading Teacher, Reading Interventionist, or a Reading Instructional Coach.
M.Ed. Degree Alternative Certification
The Alternative Certification specialization pathway in our Master of Education degree is designed to provide professionals the opportunity to earn a teaching certificate to teach in Missouri or another state.
Master of Education CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION SPECIALIZATION (30 CREDIT HOURS)
Master of Education Special Reading Certification Specialization (36-42 Credit Hours)
Master of Education Alternative Certification (36-44 Credit Hours)
TAKE THE NEXT STEP TOWARDS YOUR Master of Education Degree
Take the next step in your journey at Culver-Stockton College. We're here to help you get started on your degree.
|Application Due Date||Document Submission Deadline||Program Start|
|August 11, 2023||August 16, 2023||August 21, 2023|
|October 8, 2023||October 15, 2023||October 18, 2023|
|December 21, 2023||January 3, 2024||January 8, 2024|
C-SC students can complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine eligibility for unsubsidized loans. Apply for Federal Aid, visit FAFSA.gov.
Interest-free payment options also are available through the college. Call 573-288-6492 for more information.
*Only one discount may be applied.
We Chose C-SC. Here's Why.
Kelley Hufendick '20, MED '21
I chose the Culver-Stockton College M.Ed. program because it offers such a unique opportunity for students. I love that every course enables me to acquire new skills that I can use in my own classroom. The instructors always are willing to help and eager to build personal connections with every student. I find it helpful interacting with other students and taking part in lively discussions online. I’m always guaranteed to have a valuable and personable experience, which is why I am glad I chose C-SC.
Amanda Huber ’12, M.Ed. ’19
Getting a Master of Education Degree from C-SC is perfect for the working teacher. The online format is very user-friendly and students get to work at their pace. With each class being online, you never have to travel to campus. The professors are very knowledgeable, helpful and quick to return answers to students. I have been able to apply what I am learning directly into my classroom as well as share my new knowledge with my fellow teachers.
Your Academic Success Team
You’re never alone in your education. Learn more about the people who are here to help you take the next step in your career.
After you express interest in our programs, our trained admission counselor, Shauna Stolte, is ready to help you through the application process. Get guidance about admissions, transcripts, transfer credits, and more.
Once you’re accepted, our dedicated online advisor, Angela Kay, helps apply your past educational experiences to our program and creates a unique plan of study just for you, giving you the confidence so that you register for the right classes on your academic journey. Your online advisor will help you stay on track. Our online advisor builds a personal connection with every student, meaning you’ll always have a teammate looking out for you.