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Master of Science in Education, Curriculum & Instruction

Curriculum and Instruction


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


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).  

About the Program

Classes in the Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction are offered completely on-line. It is recommended that students take six hours per semester (fall, spring, and summer) and can finish in six semesters.  The program and instruction have been designed 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  teachers and other professionals with an opportunity to expand their knowledge in education, improve their practice and learn how to better plan and carry out their curriculum.

Program Learning Goals


Master of Science in Education Curriculum and Instruction 36 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 (Choose 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 Environment 3
EDUC 581 Advanced Language and Culture (Sociolinguistics) 3
EDUC 587 Advanced Grammar for Pedagogical 3

Electives can be taken toward customized emphasis areas,  including Secondary Content and/or *ELL
*leading to certification.  Meet with the graduate program adviser 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 cost.  (See US Citizens Application)

2.      Possess and earned baccalaureate degree in a related field from an institution accredited by agencies recognized by
Missouri Southern State University.
3.     Have your official undergraduate transcript and any graduate program transcripts submitted to the MSSU Admissions
office at or mailed to Admissions at 3950 E. Newman Road, Joplin, MO  64801.  Your undergraduate and graduate transcripts must show a minimum overall grade point average of 3.00 (2.75 for tentative admission) effective for Fall 2018 applicants not approved by May 1, 2018. 

4.     Submit  to a writing prompt (between 500-1,000 words) that answer the following questions:

What is your definition of effective teaching?
Describe a time in which you faced a professional dilemma and explain how you handled the situation
If you founded a university, what are three courses that would be required for all students? Why?

5.     Submit to a current resume. 

6.  Three references are needed. Use the student form  here  and the reference form  here.   The reference form link
      will need to be  shared with 3 persons that are references for the applicant. One  education administrator and two
      professional education colleague submissions are needed for the student  application file.

7.     A video recording, no longer than 5 minutes, of candidate describing: 

Introduction of self
Professional background
Professional goals
Reason for applying to the program
Submit to or mail to Teacher Education Graduate Program, 3950 E Newman Road, Joplin, MO  64801.
Application materials are due by:
              August 1 for the Fall Semester
              January 1 for the Spring Semester
              May 1 for the Summer Semester



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.   For graduate students, 6 to 8 hours is considered part-time and 9 or more hours is considered full time.

Stafford Loans can be used for graduate studies until the award is exhausted,  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 Arkansas, Kansas, Oklahoma, Illinois, Iowa, Tennessee, Kentucky, Nebraska and Texas .

TEACH grants are available to eligible graduate students in Teacher Education; however the funding is linked to federal budget funding, so the amount of award funds may fluctuate. 

Books and tuition are subject to change each semester.  Tuition chart


In-State and Lion Pride Tuition  - $350 per credit hour  

Out of State Tuition - $350 per credit hour

Comprehensive Examination Cost - cost assessed by semester

Other applicable university costs

Steps to Graduation

To ensure timely processing of your graduation application, please be aware of graduation deadlines.

  1. Complete all coursework with a 3.0 GPA or higher.
  2. Visit Lionet to submit your electronic graduation application in the term prior to graduation.  Go to the Student Quick Links>Student Menu>Student Records>Apply to Graduate.  A one-time, graduation cost will be assessed and must be paid, regardless of student participation in the commencement exercise. 
  3. Contact your adviser, and they will process your graduation checklist and route it to the Registrar's Office.
  4. After the Graduation Checklist is received by the Registrar, a confirmation email will be sent to your university email account.
  5. If you are attending the ceremony, you will receive a prompt in Lionet to order your cap and gown.
  6. The graduate program student must successfully complete the Comprehensive Final Examination. The Teacher Education Department will notify the student with the specific date and time of the exam.
  7. Complete Department of Teacher Education departmental program exit survey. 

Contact Us

For more information contact program coordinator  Maggie Beachner, PH.D
Dr. Maggie Beachner, M.S. Ed Curriculum and Instruction Coordinator
Missouri Southern State University
Gene Taylor Education Building
3950 E Newman Road, Joplin, MO  64801
Office: 417-625-3079

Welcome to Lion Country! We look forward to working with you.