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Northwest Missouri State University

Curriculum & Instruction

Professional preparation of school personnel reflects the theme "A Facilitator of Life-Long Learning in a World of Diversity and Change." This view of life-long learning in a world of change is central to each professional program, as unit personnel seek to develop in advanced candidates the three primary aspects of school practitioners: mediator of knowledge, coordinator of learning, and promoter of dignity, responsibility, and self-worth.

Departmental Objectives

The objectives of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction graduate programs in education are designed to reflect the knowledge base and empower students to:

  1. Develop the ability to intelligently implement basic learning theories which are most applicable to their subject area specialization and will substantially increase their content knowledge base through additional advanced study.
  2. Acquire the knowledge, attitudes, and skills to implement administrative and teaching strategies that are multicultural in nature.
  3. Broaden their repertoire of teaching and administrative skills, strategies, and styles through both simulated experiences and direct classroom practice.
  4. Develop basic knowledge and skills in conducting, interpreting, reporting, and applying the results of educational research.
  5. Develop an awareness of the various provisions for locating, identifying, and serving youth with special needs.

Horace Mann Lab School

The Horace Mann Laboratory School provides a unique learning opportunity for educators. The laboratory school serves children ages preschool through sixth grade. The Early Childhood Center, located within the laboratory school, serves children ages 3 through 5 in preschool and provides day care, pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, and after school care. Many graduate students hold assistantships in this learning center.


To improve the qualifications and capabilities of public elementary and secondary teachers, Northwest offers a fully-accredited M.S.Ed. program in several vital emphases which are listed at the right. These programs can be individually designed to suit your career goals, including certification in different subject areas and in varying grade levels, from early childhood through post-secondary. A Northwest M.S.Ed. offers you the opportunity to:

  • Use the basic learning theories suitable to a subject area, as well as to increase your content knowledge of the area.
  • Acquire the knowledge, skills, and attitudes which will enable you to use a multicultural approach in teaching.
  • Broaden your repertoire of teaching and administrative skills, strategies, and styles.
  • Develop your ability to conduct, interpret, report, and apply educational research.
  • Identify students with special needs and be able to locate services for them.

M.S.ED. Teaching Emphasis Areas:

  • Early Childhood
  • Elementary (self-contained)
  • English Language Learners
  • Middle School
  • Individually Prescribed Programs

Special Education

Careers in special education continue to rise in number and opportunity as the demand for qualified professionals increases.

Northwest offers the M.S.Ed in Special Education with a focus on working with students with mild to moderate disabilities. THese disabilities include students in multicategorical area of learning disabilities, mental retardation, emotional/behavior disorders, and physical and other health impaired. Graduates of this program are able to:

  • Identify special education students, as well as defining a legal basis for serving these students.
  • Evaluate and provide appropriate learning experiences in individually-developed education programs.
  • Work with parents of special education students, as well as special agencies and organizations.
  • Conduct and use research effectively.
  • Develop, evaluate, and use programs designed to address the needs of special education students.
  • Identify various multicultural aspects affecting these students.


Specialists in reading are in demand at both the elementary and secondary levels. To meet this demand, Northwest offers the M.S.Ed. in Reading, designed to prepare you for a career as an administrator or supervisor of reading programs, as a reading clinician, or as a teacher of
reading. The course of study affords students the opportunity to apply the skills they learn in the classrooms and laboratories in closely supervised developmental, diagnostic, and remedial reading situations. Graduates of the M.S.Ed. Reading program understand:

  • How students learn to read and how they acquire reading proficiency.
  • How to diagnose students with reading difficulties.
  • How to effectively use research and evaluation instruments.
  • What pertinent literature is available.
  • How to use multicultural and nonsexist teaching strategies.
  • How to build and maintain a school reading program.

Graduate Assistantships

The Department of Curriculum and Instruction offers both research and teaching assistantships on a competitive basis. Assistantship applications are accepted throughout the year. Assistantships provide a full tuition waiver and a competitive stipend.

For additional information on any of For additional information on any of these programs or on graduate
assistantships, contact:

Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Brown Hall 233
Northwest Missouri State University
800 University Drive
Maryville, MO 64468-6001
Phone: (660) 562-1239