COE: MEd: Elementary Education | Concentration Options
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Become a distinguished educator through your uniquely designed graduate program

Educators are creative and unique. Rather than depending on brief, disconnected professional development days in your school, become a designer of your destiny. Take a deep dive into areas of knowledge and skills of your profession designed to impact your educational practice. Do you feel you need to know more about how to support your students with disabilities? Your language learners? Do you find yourself in a counseling role more and more and want to learn about how character education might improve classroom climate? Do you want to test the waters in educational leadership to see if administration is in your future?

Within the Master’s degree in Elementary Education several Concentration areas provide focus on high-leverage problems of practice such as designing curriculum, special education, social justice, leadership, and assessment. Two linked concentrations will support a journey to literary specialist. Come join us for collaborative dialogue on the exciting challenges around education in the 21st century!

You will have the opportunity to engage in Action Research within your own classroom or educational work settings, identifying problems of practice and collecting and analyzing data to make things better for learners. As one of the largest programs in the state, the College of Education boasts a strong research and teaching faculty recognized by national reviews for high productivity.

The M.Ed. consists of three foundation courses, two concentrations, and two teacher research courses that build on your strengths or strengthen areas that build your educator effectiveness. Each person can find the educational opportunities that impact student learning and increase the capacity for leading. Three concentrations provide opportunities for courses that lead to a certificate in an emphasis area.

  • Supporting Language Learners: TESOL Concentration I
  • Supporting Language Learners: TESOL Concentration II (DESE TESOL Endorsement)
  • Literacy Concentrations I
  • Literacy Concentrations II
  • Curriculum and Instruction Concentration
  • Special Education Concentration
  • Social Justice Issues Concentration
  • Leadership in Education Concentration
  • STEM Concentration
  • Discipline Content Area Concentration
  • Elective Concentration
  • Early Childhood Concentration I
  • Early Childhood Concentration II

Master of Education (MEd)

Contact Advisors:

Marty Woytus & Kristel Schlemper

116 South Campus Classroom Building (SCCB)
p: (314) 516-5937

Deadlines to Apply:
Fall - July 1
Spring - December 1
Summer - May 1


Slide 1 Education and English alumna Eleanor Taylor connects to students and family history through language learning
Eleanor Taylor, an education and English alumna, was one of seven finalists for the 2022 Missouri Teacher of the Year. Taylor has also taken opportunities to travel the globe, expanding her horizons and understanding of language education. She completed her student teaching in Fuxin, China, participated in the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program and traveled to Senegal to study the country’s education system as a Fulbright Teachers for Global Classrooms fellow. (Photo by August Jennewein)
Slide 2 Education alumnus William Pryor awarded Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Taiwan
William Pryor, a recent College of Education graduate and teacher at St. Louis Language Immersion School, will embark on a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Taiwan this month. He will serve as an English teaching assistant for a year in the capital city of Taipei. (Photo by August Jennewein)
Slide 3 Alumna earns What’s Right with the Region honor for work in Normandy schools
Focus St. Louis recently announced that Schaenen will be one of the recipients of its annual What’s Right with the Region Awards in the Improving Equity and Inclusion category