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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 early childhood special education and autism from MU will help you design, deliver and evaluate services to children from birth to age 5. If you want to advance your career working with young children with autism and other disabilities, 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

  • Early childhood practitioners
  • Early interventionists
  • Child-care center workers
  • Head Start teachers
  • 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.

This program emphasizes

  • Assessment methods
  • Characteristics of children with autism, including those who are high functioning
  • Creating inclusive classrooms
  • Home-based models for infants and toddlers
  • Language and early literacy development
  • Research-based intervention strategies

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.

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This program is administered by the Department of Special Education .

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