Understand the needs of young children
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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 from MU prepares you to work with young children, both those with disabilities as well as those who are at risk for school failure, and their families. If you want to advance or recharge your career, 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

  • Child-care center workers
  • Early childhood practitioners
  • Early interventionists
  • 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
  • Creating inclusive classrooms
  • Curriculum development and implementation
  • Language and early literacy development
  • Research-based intervention strategies
  • Problem behavior and positive behavioral supports

Grant funding for tuition

Behavior, Language and Literacy (BeLL)–Online is a grant-funded cohort program that results in a master's degree in early childhood special education. If you are accepted into and enroll in this program, the grant will cover your tuition as well as provide you with a stipend and travel funds.

See how you can apply today.

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This program is administered by the Department of Special Education .

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