New Online Master’s Degree in Multicultural Education

Curriculum and Instructional Leadership degree addresses high attrition rate in urban districts

A new online master’s degree program offered by the School of Education at the University of Missouri-Kansas City is designed to prepare and support educators to be highly effective in diverse school environments.

The degree program confers a master’s in curriculum and instructional leadership, with an emphasis on multicultural education. The 30-credit-hour program is expected to appeal primarily to educators in urban and suburban districts with high or growing numbers of multicultural students, but it would also be valuable to educators in rural settings. Additional prospective students include nurses, corporate trainers, researchers and businesspeople with a national or international clientele.

“The attrition rate for new teachers – those in their first five years of teaching – is nearly 50 percent in urban schools. This online degree specifically targets two of the cited reasons for the high rate of attrition: preparation and mentoring support,” said Wanda J. Blanchett, Ph.D., School of Education Dean and Ewing Marion Kauffman/Missouri Endowed Chair for Teacher Education. “There is an urgent need for a degree of this kind. With its focus on multicultural education, and with the nation’s focus on leaving no child behind, this degree has the potential to positively affect teacher retention and student achievement in all schools.”

Courses in the program include Culturally Responsive Pedagogy, Theory in Second Language Teaching & Learning, Teaching for Equity and Social Justice, and Curriculum and Instruction in Technology, plus a thesis. While the degree may be completed in 1-1/2 years, students have up to seven years to complete the program. No GRE or letters of recommendation are needed to apply.

A 36-credit-hour non-online option is also available. For more information or to register, visit or call 816-235-2245.

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