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Quick facts

  • Program type: Master’s degree
  • Academic home: College of Education | Department of Educational, School and Counseling Psychology
  • Delivery mode: 100 percent online
  • Credit hours: 34
  • Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission, Teacher Education Accreditation Council
  • Estimated program cost: $13,855*

* This price is for illustrative purposes only and is based on academic year 2017 information. It includes standard in-state graduate tuition of $352.60 per credit hour, a College of Education supplemental fee of $41.70 per credit hour, and an information technology fee of $13.20 per credit hour. It does not include your application fee, textbooks or course materials. Additional fees may apply. Course fees vary from department to department. Your actual costs may differ depending on your course choices. See more about tuition and financial aid.

Get the degree you deserve

The online master’s degree in mental health practices in schools from MU will help you improve your classroom management skills and build resiliency and optimism in children and adolescents. If you want to promote positive mental health among youth, this may be the degree for you.

Career prospects

Employment growth1
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 schools with master’s degrees 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 program has potential benefits for

  • School counselors
  • Elementary and secondary teachers
  • Special education professional
  • Mental health professionals
  • Community-based practitioners
  • School administrators

Note This program does not provide school counselor certification, nor any professional counseling licensure.

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, including summers, and finish in two years.

Course work covers

  • Assessing, identifying and managing atypical behaviors
  • Collaborating with families, community agencies and school personnel
  • Communicating with parents, children and school personnel
  • Diversity issues in schools
  • Evaluating and implementing evidence-based programs
  • Effective intervention strategies and resources

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 Educational, School and Counseling Psychology.