University of Missouri-Kansas City

Language and Literacy

Quick Facts


Master of arts

Delivery Mode

100% Online

Standard credit hours


Standard estimated cost


Typical Course Load

2 courses per semester

Typical Program Length

2 years

*This cost is for illustrative purposes only. Your hours and costs will differ, depending on your transfer hours, your course choices and your academic progress. See more about tuition and financial aid.

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You know language and literacy are foundational to learning. That’s why you’re interested in this 100% online master of arts program in language and literacy from the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). It will provide you with the knowledge and skills to improve your students’ reading and writing achievement — while you advance your career and increase your earning potential. 

Attain your credentials through this 30-credit hour program, even while working full time. If you have already completed your elementary or secondary education certification requirements, these courses will allow you to attain a Missouri K–12 Special Reading Certification. With UMKC’s unique online program, you can become the teacher who makes all the difference. With your expertise, you will effectively guide new and struggling readers to success in school and beyond.

A teacher looking over a boy's shoulder as he learns to read.

Career Prospects

Potential career paths include:

  • Reading specialists
  • Literacy coaches
  • English language arts teachers
  • Title 1 reading teachers
  • Instructional coaches and curriculum team leaders
  • Content area literacy experts

Employment growth


Median salary

Program Structure

Delivery of this program is 100% online: no campus visits are required.

Courses are semester-based. Students typically take two classes each semester and finish in two years.

Course work includes:

  • Early literacy and language development
  • Dyslexia and related learning differences
  • Reading instruction for K–12 English language learners 
  • Advanced literacy assessment and evaluation
  • Organizing and guiding the reading program
  • Advanced literature for children
  • Language and literacy across disciplines


University of Missouri-Kansas City is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States and the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). This program is offered in collaboration with the University of Missouri through the College of Education & Human Development, which is a member of the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation. It’s also offered in collaboration with the University of Missouri-St. Louis, which is accredited by the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation.

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