MEd: Community Education
Master of Education in Community Education

Innovative education... Engaged educators

This program is pending final approval by UMSL Faculty Senate, but please REQUEST INFO as soon as possible.

Putting Knowledge into Action in the Service of Community Goals

The Masters in Community Education helps students cultivate the insights, capacities, and skillsets required to lead educational innovation, harness the power of technology for community engagement, strengthen critical literacies, bridge in-school, outof- school, and lifelong learning, and build stronger, more resilient communities. Through coursework and place-based experiences, students will grapple with such concepts and practices as heritage, relevance, inclusion, collaboration, critical analysis, dialogue, co-created experiences, community capacity building, and empowerment. This degree is the nexus of putting knowledge into action in the service of community goals.

The Masters in Community Education has 100% online options. The degree provides a scaffold from entry-level to leadership positions in parks, museums, science centers, public agencies, and other community service organizations. Program faculty have expertise in such community education topics as: technology for community engagement; inclusive communities; health, human performance and community engagement; social justice and the urban educational context; and museums, park interpretation, heritage and public history.

The Masters in Community Education consists of 33 hours of graduate coursework, including foundation courses (15 hours), approved electives (12-15 hours), and a capstone experience (3-6 hours). The capstone experience provides students with an opportunity to gain in-depth experience in a community education context. For professionals already working in the community education field, the capstone experience facilitates project-based learning that can be completed in situ.

The M.Ed. in Community Education at the University of Missouri — St. Louis is a master’s degree program with 100% online options offering in-state tuition to students from Missouri and Illinois. Through the program you can:

Apply & Amplify
Apply technology in ways that engage community members in co-created, inclusive experiences that foster agency and voice.

Communicate & Collaborate
Create a safe space for reflection, provide the tools and the impetus to address bias, and fashion broad collaboration in communities where people disagree.

Respond & Rebuild
Apply educational innovations to nurture globally responsive citizens who pursue lifelong learning and help build a more sustainable and just society.

Cultivate & Contextualize
Develop disciplinary mastery in a community-relevant content area that is of interest to the student, and in a community context that provides the student with challenges, feedback and support.

Master of Education (MEd)

Contact Advisor:

Susan Johnson

116 South Campus Classroom Building (SCCB)
p: (314) 516-5938

Masters of Education in Community Education (M.Ed.)

Degree is Pending Final Approval by UMSL Faculty Senate

The Department of Education Sciences and Professional Programs provides students with an opportunity, through the M.Ed. in Community Education, to cultivate the insights, capacities, and skill sets required to lead educational innovation, harness the power of technology for community engagement, strengthen critical literacies, bridge in-school, out-of-school, and life-long learning, and build stronger, more resilient communities. Through coursework and hands-on, place-based experiences, students will grapple with such concepts and practices as heritage, relevance, inclusion, collaboration, critical analysis, dialogue, co-created experiences, community capacity building, and empowerment. This degree is the nexus of putting knowledge into action in the service of community goals.

The M.Ed. in Community Education has 100% online options. The degree provides a scaffold from entry-level to leadership positions in parks, museums, science centers, public agencies, and other community service organizations. It also equips students to pursue practitioner-focused doctoral degrees (e.g., Doctorate in Educational Practice, Ed.D.) and research-focused doctoral degrees (e.g., Doctorate of Philosophy, Ph.D.) in education. The M.Ed. in Community Education consists of 33 hours of graduate coursework in the following areas:

  • Foundation Courses (15 credits)
  • Approved Electives (12–15 credits)
  • Capstone Experience (3–6 credits)

Foundation Courses - 100% Online (15 credits)

EDUC 6142 or HIST 6142 The History and Practice of Community Education* 3
TCH ED 6440 Innovation in Education 3
ED TECH 6460 Technology Development in Community Organizations 3
ED FND 6422 Analysis of Cultural Literacies 3
EDUC 6442 Leadership in Community Education 3
TOTAL 15
* HIST 6142 topic must be The History and Practice of Community Education.

Approved Electives (12–15 credits)

To fulfill the approved elective requirement, students will complete an additional 12-15 credit hours of coursework. With advisor approval, students will choose 4 or 5 courses that meet their individualized needs. Faculty have expertise in such community education topics as: technology for community engagement; inclusive communities; health, human performance and community engagement; social justice and the urban educational context; adult education; and museums, heritage and public history.

Capstone Experience (3–6 credits)

The capstone experience (3-6 credit hours) provides students with an opportunity to gain in-depth experience in a community education context. For professionals already working in community education contexts, the capstone experience facilitates project-based learning that can be completed in situ. Students will choose one of the following capstone courses, for 3-6 credits:

ED TECH 6490: Internship
or
HIST 6125: Practicum in Public History and Cultural Heritage
† HIST 6125 is for students pursuing a graduate certificate in Museums, Heritage and Public History.

Admissions Requirements

Admissions requirements include an earned baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with an overall grade point average of 3.0 or higher, a completed UMSL Graduate School Application Form, official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, and two letters of recommendation.

Master of Education: Educational Administration with Emphasis in Community Education

This is a 32-credit hour program for students interested in Community Education.

Competencies/Expectations/Outcomes that all students must demonstrate to complete the program successfully:

  • School Administrator candidates in the College of Education are held to the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium’s Standards for School Leaders (ISLLC)
  • A school administrator is an educational leader who promotes the success of all students by facilitating the development, articulation, implementation, and stewardship of a vision of learning that is shared and supported by the school community.
  • A school administrator is an educational leader who promotes the success of all students by advocating, nurturing, and sustaining a school culture and instructional program conducive to student learning and staff professional growth.
  • A school administrator is an educational leader who promotes the success of all students by ensuring management of the organization, operations, and resources for a safe, efficient, and effective learning environment.
  • A school administrator is an educational leader who promotes the success of all students by collaborating with families and community members, responding to diverse community interests and needs, and mobilizing community resources.
  • A school administrator is an educational leader who promotes the success of all students by acting with integrity, fairness and in an ethical manner.
  • A school administrator is an educational leader who promotes the success of all students by understanding, responding to, and influencing the larger political, social, economic, legal and cultural context.
  • A school administrator is an educational leader who promotes the effective use of technology to maximize student learning and efficiently manage school operations.

The ISLLC standards pertain to Elementary and Secondary Administration and Community Education.

Degree Requirements

2.10
ED FND 6421Philosophy of Education 33
ED FND 6435History of Western Education 33
or ED FND 4330
History of American Education 3
ED ADM 6202Social Contexts Of Education3
ED ADM 6203Political Contexts Of Education3
2.20 Research Core
ED ADM 6301Education Administration Policy Research3
ED REM 5730Educational Statistics 33
2.30 Community Education
ED ADM 6301Education Administration Policy Research3
ED ADM 6900Internship6
2.40 School Specialization
Select 2.41 or 2.42 listed below: 26
2.41 Elementary School Administration
ED ADM 6302
Elementary School Administration
ELE ED 6411
Curriculum Leadership Elementary Programs
2.42 Secondary School Administration
ED ADM 6304
Secondary School Administration
SEC ED 6415
Curriculum Leadership in Education
Total Hours33
1

Exit Requirement--Taken within the last 9 semester hours of the M.Ed. program.

2

Students take either section 2.41 or section 2.42, not both sections.

3

This course will not be offered in 2014-2015. Please contact the department for more information. 

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Theresa Coble, Ph.D.
E. Desmond Lee Endowed Professor of Experiential and Family Education

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Matthew D. Davis, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Matthew D. Davis, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Foundations in the Department of Educational Services and Professional Programs at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Dr. Davis earned an interdisciplinary Ph.D., (curriculum & instruction, educational administration, history, and public affa...
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Carl Hoagland, Ed.D.
Emerson Electric Company Endowed Professor in Technology and Learning

Carl Hoagland is the Emerson Electric Endowed Professor of Technology and Learning and the Director of the E. Desmond Lee Technology and Learning Center. He previously served as the Executive Director of The Regional Consortium for Education and Technology, a technology center that served over 30 ...
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Timothy Makubuya, Ph.D.
Assistant Teaching Professor

Timothy Makubuya, Ph.D., is an Assistant Teaching Professor and Coordinator of Physical Education and Exercise Science in the Department of Educator Preparation, Innovation and Research in the College of Education. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy from University of Missouri-...