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Master of Science in Education, Curriculum & Instruction

Curriculum and Instruction


To develop competent, reflective educators and administrators who can successfully teach and lead a diverse population in a complex and changing world


To be the premier Teacher Education program in the four-state area

About the Program

The Curriculum and Instruction 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 implement curriculum. The program is comprised of 30 credit hours (12 credit hours of required courses and 18 hours of elective courses).  This allows professionals flexibility and choice regarding areas of interest. Students may take six hours per semester (fall, spring, and summer) and can finish in five semesters. Faculty members who teach in the Curriculum and Instruction program are experienced educational leaders and content specialists.

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Program Learning Goals

  • Foster professional skill development for classroom teachers and other professionals in the areas of student learning and effective instruction.
  • Foster professional skill development for classroom teachers and other professionals in the areas of formative assessment and use of quantitative and qualitative methods to assess students' performance and improve instruction.


Master of Science in Education Curriculum and Instruction 30 credit hours
EDUC 625 Advanced Content Area Literacy 3
EDUC 630 Assessment of Student Learning 3
EDUC 615 Classroom Management 3
EDUC 650 Research Design 3
ELECTIVES (Choose 18 credit hours)  
PSY 510 Educational Psychology 3
EDUC 581 Advanced Language and Culture (Sociolinguistics) 3
EDUC 602 Introduction to High Incidence Exceptional Learners 3
EDUC 603 Foundations of School Administration 3
EDUC 583 Second Language Acquisition 3
EDUC 623 Ethics & Policy in School Leadership 3
EDUC 633 Administrative Leadership 3
EDUC 635 School Law 3
EDUC 645 Teaching Methods & Instructional Strategies in the Subject Area 3

*All Programs of Study are subject to change.

Electives can be taken toward customized emphasis areas.

2021 - 2022 Catalog Master of Science in Education, Curriculum and Instruction

2020 - 2021 Catalog Master of Science in Education, Curriculum and Instruction

2019 - 2020 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. (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.

The following items will be submitted through the MSSU application portal:

4. Submit 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? Rubric to score writing prompt

5. Submit a current resume.

6. Three references are needed. One educational 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
Application materials are due by:

Approved TAC Students: Students wishing to take graduate courses who have been approved for a Temporary Authorization Certificate (TAC) and do not meet the graduate program criteria may apply as a non-degree seeking student in order to be enrolled in graduate courses. Verification of the joint application between the Missouri school and DESE is required.

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 grade of C or better and cumulative 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, gown and hood.
  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 Dr. Susan Craig
M.S. Ed Curriculum and Instruction Coordinators
Missouri Southern State University
Gene Taylor Education Building
3950 E Newman Road, Joplin, MO 64801
Office: 417-625-9309

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