Go Deep — Follow Your Passion!

Summer Master Educator Institute 2014
University of Missouri St. Louis


Take the Next Step: Become a Distinguished Educator

Whether you are a PreK-12 classroom teacher, a school administrator, or an educator/trainer in a museum, business or youth serving organization, the new Summer Master Educator Institute at the University of Missouri St. Louis offers you the opportunity to follow your passion and deepen your knowledge. Our new concentration areas give educators a degree or non-degree path to expertise.

COE LogoDegree or Non-Degree

Degree:  The Master’s Degree option consists of 9 hours of foundations courses that examine history, the impact of community on our youth, issues of social justice, teacher leadership, and student advocacy; two 9-credit hour concentration areas that provide the core of expertise in the areas you choose and give you the depth and expertise in areas that match the needs of you and your students; and a two-semester, 6 credit hour capstone where you become a researcher in your own organization or classroom to really understand how to ask the right questions, collect meaningful data, and analyze and present it in a way that informs others.

Non-Degree: If you have a Master’s degree,  or aren’t quite ready, and simply want to come for more in-depth content about a particular area, just come spend the summer with us and choose one of the concentration areas below.

Get Started

Don’t wait! Get started this summer with your first concentration area or just take one course. This summer, we are offering the following concentration areas and courses:

Curriculum and Instruction for Student Learning

In order for all students to optimally achieve, teachers must develop integrated, standards based, innovative curriculum delivered as engaging instruction that equips students to develop the knowledge and skills for a global society. This concentration explores common core and common issues in curriculum design and implementation. Educators will create curriculum and design instruction for their own educational settings.


    1. ELE ED 6411, Curriculum Leadership in Elementary Programs (3) June 16 – August 9, TuTh, 2:30 – 5:10 p.m.
    2. ELE ED 6423, Learning Through Inquiry (3) June 16 – July 12, MTWTh, 5:30 – 8:10 p.m.
    3. ELE ED 6422, Curriculum Design of Elementary Programs (3)  July 14 – August 9, MTWTh, 5:30 – 8:10 p.m.


    1. SEC ED 6415, Curriculum in Social Contents (3)  June 16 – August 9, TuTh, 2:30 – 5:10 p.m.
    2. SEC ED 6420, Improving Teaching and Learning (3)  June 16 – July 12, MTWTh, 5:30 – 8:10 p.m.
    3. SEC ED 6416, Curriculum Design of Educational Programs (3)  July 14 – August 9, MTWTh, 5:30 – 8:10 p.m. 

Media & Learning in a Digital Society

As today’s students increasingly grow up in a media saturated world, teachers need to think creatively about how to harness media and technology for learning while helping consumers become critical about the sources of information and how to verify Internet information in responsible ways. This concentration insures that educators will be up-to-date in technology integration as well as being able to share this learning with colleagues.

  1. ED TEC 5301, Introduction to Computers and the Internet (3)  June 16 – August 9, Online
  2. ED TEC 5340, Selection & Utilization of Educational Multimedia (3)  June 11 – June 27, MTWThF, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
  3. ED TEC 6444, Cognition & Technology (3)  July 9 – July 25, MTWThF, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Leadership in Education

Organizations need leaders who understand the complexities of systems and working with diverse staff and families within situated communities in a dynamic and changing educational environment. Leadership in Education concentration allows educators in various roles and career levels to apply principles of leadership to creating effective communities of practice.

  1. ED ADM 6503, Organizational Change in Education (3) (Required) June 16 – August 9, Wednesdays, 4:15 – 6:45 p.m.
    Choose 2 of the following:
    1. ED ADM 6205, Legal Contexts of Education (3)  June 16 – August 9, Mondays, 4:15 – 6:55 p.m.
    2. ED ADM 6203, Political Contexts of Education (3)  May 19 – August 9, Online
    3. ED ADM 6401, School Staff Development and Supervision (3) June 16 – August 9, MW, 7:00 p.m. – 9:35 p.m.

Special Education for Diversity and Inclusion

For educators who are not receiving a degree in Special Education, but would like to expand their understanding of Special Education law and the needs of students with cross-categorical disabilities, including Autism Spectrum Disorders, this concentration offers coursework on the characteristics and effective strategies for teaching students with different abilities in educational settings.

  1. SPC ED 6610, Foundations of Autism Spectrum Disorder (3) June 16 – June 20, MTWThF, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  2. SPC ED 6325, Advanced Studies in Classroom & Behavior Management (3), June 23 – July 11 (no class: 7/3-7/7) 4:20-8:10
  3. SPC ED 6415, The Law and Special Education (3) July 14-25, MTWThF, 4:10 – 8:30

Science Literacy in an Era of Reform

Those who teach science need to continually work toward developing and implementing relevant curricula and new instructional strategies as well as revise and upgrade current methodology to meet Next Generation Science Standards. The Science Literacy concentration focuses on professional development with respect to instructional research and best practices for all involved in enhancing science education.

  1. ELE ED/SEC ED 6441, Problems and Research in Teaching Science (3) June 16 – August 9, MW, 5:30 p.m. - 8:10 p.m.
  2. TCH ED 6444, Environmental Education (Forest Park)  July 15-26, MTWThF, 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (Contact: wilsonjh@umsl.edu to register)
  3. EDUC 6404, Seminar: Reorienting Curriculum for Sustainable Development (3) June 16-26, MTWTh, 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Adult Education and Training

Corporations need effective trainers.  Community-based organizations, higher education institutions, and others need educators who can aid adults in meeting their educational goals. Whether you currently work with adults or are interested in doing so, this summer you can gain or enhance your knowledge and skills in teaching and training adult learners regardless of their learning context.  Consider taking these exciting courses this summer. 

  1. ADU ED 6410, The Adult Learner –  4-week online course, May 19 - June 13
  2. ADU ED 6420 – Survey of Human Resource Development and Adult Education  8-week course, June 16 – August 2
  3. EDUC 6602, Programming in Community and Adult Education  4-week course, June 16 – July 11

Early Childhood Education

Learn how to work with the youngest members of our society in order to prepare them for success in the future.  This concentration area gives you insight into working with parents and communities in partnerships and in ways that support the whole child; designing and implementing early childhood programs with success in mind; and examining current issues in early childhood to better understand the needs of young children today.

  1. ECH ED 6321, Parent & Community Resources in Early Childhood Ed (3)  May 19 – July 12, Online
  2. ECH ED 6415, Organization and Development of Early Childhood Programs (3)  June 16 – August 9, Online
  3. EDUC 6404, Seminar: Issues in Early Childhood Education (3)  June 16 – August 9, Online

Leadership in Literacy I

The first of two concentrations in literacy that lead you to the literacy endorsement, Leadership in Literacy I is designed for educators who want a deeper understanding of reading and writing processes across the lifespan. This area emphasizes the preparation of leaders in a wide range of school and community settings, including classroom teachers, coaches, or program coordinators/directors. Concentration I emphasizes cutting-edge theory, research and instructional practices in literacy education.

  1. ELE ED 6686, Analysis and Correction of Reading Disabilities (3) May 24 – June 14, Saturdays, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  2. ELE ED 6684, Instructional Strategies for Teaching Reading (3) June 16 – July 12, MTWTH, 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  3. ELE ED 6387, Literacy Acquisition & Learning for Diverse Students (3) July 14 – August 9, MTWTh, 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Transition to Teaching

Do you have a bachelor’s degree and think about becoming a teacher?  These courses get you started and on the way to completing State certification and your master’s degree simultaneously. Consult an academic advisor for more details — see contact information below.

  1. TCH ED 5310, Instructional Design (3) June 16 – July 12, MTWTh, 5:30 – 8:10 p.m.
  2. TCH ED 5311, Foundations of Education (4)* May 19 – June 14, MTWTh, 4:30 – 8:00 p.m.
  3. TCH ED 5312, Differentiated Instruction (4)* July 14 – August 9, MTWTh, 4:30 – 8:00 p.m.
  4. ED PSY 6109, Learning & Development in Secondary School Settings (4)* June 16 – August 9, TTh, 2:30 – 5:30 p.m.

* Pending approval, these courses will be 3 credit hours this summer.

TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)

  1. TCH ED 6210 Foundations of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (June 16 – August 9, TuTh 2:30 – 5:10 p.m.)
  2. TCH ED 6220 Principles of Second/Foreign Language Acquisition (June 16- July 12, MTWTh, 5:30 – 8:10 p.m.)
  3. TCH ED 6230 Cross-Cultural Communication in the Classroom (July 14 –August 9, MTWTh 5:30-8:10 p.m.)

Elective Concentration: 9-Hours

To insure maximum flexibility in course selection to meet the individual needs of professional educators’ development, this concentration represents an opportunity to select three unique courses from the various courses offered in the College of Education in an eclectic and personalized way. Choices to include in this concentration need to be approved by advisors and signed off on by the program director. See our website http://coe.umsl.edu/ or the 2014 summer course schedule for more options.

Contact Information
For more information contact the Office of Academic Advising and Student Services, 116 South Campus Classroom, 314-516-5937 or, email oasis@umsl.edu. More concentration areas available at http://coe.umsl.edu/

To apply as a Master’s or non-degree student, go to: http//www.umsl.edu/admissions/apply-now.html  
Send transcript early!!  Apply  by April 1 for May classes and by May 1 for June and July classes.