Earn a MSU graduate degree within YOUR school district!

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MSU's flexible scheduling options (online, seated and hybrid) allow you to earn the following degrees:

Master of Arts in Teaching and Learning (MATL)

This cohort-style 36 credit hour degree plan, designed to develop teacher-leaders, consists of 24 core course credits. At least 18 of these courses will be delivered in hybrid format (partially on site in your district and partially online). 

Core courses:

  • Contemporary Educational Problems
  • Diversity and Curricular Design
  • Building Classroom Climate and Effective Student Assessments
  • Curriculum Theory
  • Foundations of Educational Administration
  • Field Research and Evaluation

You will also be required to complete a 12 credit hour “emphasis area” or slate of electives designed to meet your individual content area interests.

Admission Requirements:

Master’s degree; certification or the potential for certification to teach P-12.


Specialist Degree in Teacher Leadership (SETL)

This cohort-style 33 credit hour degree plan consists of 21 core course credits. At least 18 of these courses will be delivered at (or very near) a school site in your district. 

Core courses:

  • Current Issues and Trends in Education
  • Diversity, Curriculum and Research
  • Management and Assessment of Learning
  • Curriculum Development
  • Research Seminar

You will also be required to complete a 12 credit hour “emphasis area” or slate of electives designed to meet your individual content area interests.

Admission Requirements:

Bachelor’s degree; certification or the potential for certification to teach P-12. 


 Please note: Neither of these degrees will lead to a School Administrator certification or Administrative degree leading to such certification. Those teachers interested in pursuing school administrator certification should contact the Counseling, Leadership and Special Education Department at Missouri State University for information about their degree programs: (417) 836-5392.

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