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Quick facts

  • Program type: Master’s degree
  • Academic home: College of Education | Department of Special Education
  • Delivery mode: 100 percent online
  • Credit hours: 30
  • Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission, Teacher Education Accreditation Council
  • Estimated program cost: $12,494.70*

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

Get the degree you deserve

The online master’s degree in autism from MU helps you increase the knowledge and skills needed to work effectively with children and youth with autism and their families. If you want to advance your career helping students and families obtain the skills they need to better succeed in life, this may be the degree for you.

Career prospects

6%
Employment growth1
25%
Average salary increase2

1 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Special Education Teachers

2 Percentage by which the average base salary of a full-time teacher in a U.S. public elementary or secondary school with a master’s degree exceeds that of a teacher with a bachelor’s degree, 2007–08. Snyder, T.D., and Dillow, S.A. (2011). Digest of Education Statistics 2010 (NCES 2011-015). National Center for Education Statistics, Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education. Washington, D.C.

This degree has potential benefits for

  • Career or technical education teachers
  • Instructional coordinators
  • Occupational therapists
  • Recreational therapists
  • School counselors
  • Special education teachers

Program structure and topics

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

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

Course work covers

  • Identifying early characteristics of infants, toddlers and preschoolers with autism
  • Identifying individuals with autism who are high-functioning and/or have a diagnosis of Asperger's syndrome
  • Providing intervention and supports in home, community and classroom settings
  • Promoting and enhancing social competence
  • Examining curriculum and approaches based on current research
  • Addressing problems or challenging behavior using functional assessments and positive behavioral supports

In-state tuition rates

As a distance learner in a University of Missouri graduate program, you qualify for in-state tuition rates, regardless of where you live.

Ask us about this program

This program is administered by the Department of Special Education .

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