Equip students and families to succeed

Tony Chambers

Autism (M Ed)

As a parent and full-time service provider, earning a master's degree online gave Tony Chambers the flexibility he required. Additionally, the knowledge he gained through his course work was immediately applicable to his job as an associate behavior analyst.


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

Successful completion of the program requires 30 credit hours of course work.

The chart below shows when the courses are traditionally offered. Courses are 3 credit hours each, unless stated otherwise. The University reserves the right to change or cancel courses as needed.

Degree prerequisite (does not count toward degree)

SPC_ED 7300 Introduction to Special Education
May be taken concurrently with SPC_ED 8601 or SPC_ED 8440

Autism courses (21 credit hours)

SPC_ED 8440 Advanced Behavior Management: Applied Behavior AnalysisX  
SPC_ED 8601 Introduction to AutismX  
SPC_ED 8602 Methods of Instruction for Students with Autism
Prerequisite: SPC_ED 8601
SPC_ED 8603 Social Competency for Students with Autism
Prerequisite: SPC_ED 8601
SPC_ED 8604 High Functioning Students with Autism
Prerequisite: SPC_ED 8601
SPC_ED 8605 Young Children with Autism   A
SPC_ED 8606 Assessment in Autism, Special Education
Prerequisite: SPC_ED 8601. May be taken concurrently.

Core requirements (9 credit hours)

ESC_PS 7160 Developmental Aspects of Human LearningXXX
SPC_ED 8350 Research with Exceptional Children XX
IS_LT 9467 Technology to Enhance LearningBAX

Note X = full semester, A = 1st half of semester, B = 2nd half of semester

Post-baccalaureate enrollment

Prior to acceptance into the program, you may enroll as a post-baccalaureate (formerly nondegree-seeking) student in up to 9 credit hours. Enrollment does not guarantee acceptance. Learn more about nondegree-seeking university student admissions.


The University of Missouri is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States. The College of Education is a member of the Teacher Education Accreditation Council.

State authorization

States require that the University of Missouri be authorized to deliver university-level distance/online education to their residents. Each state handles this process differently.

Please see our state authorization page.

How to apply

  1. Fulfill the admission requirements:

    • Completed bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.
    • Minimum GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate education.
    • If English is not your native language, please submit a TOEFL score of at least 100 (internet-based test) or an IELTS score of at least 7.
    • Application to this program does require you to submit GRE scores. If you have not taken the exam in the past five years, now is the time to do so.
  2. Mark your calendar

  3. Submit your application in time.

    Application dates

    To start classes in Apply by Classes begin
    Fall May 1 August
    Spring Oct. 1 January
    Summer March 1 June
  4. Gather your papers

  5. Applying will be easier and faster if you gather these required documents beforehand:

    • Transcripts of all previous college or university education. Upload unofficial transcripts in your online application. If you are accepted, you will be asked to provide official transcripts.
    • Personal data sheet including important biographical information and professional experience.
    • Statement of purpose (500 words) summarizing your professional goals, career objectives, research interests, your motivation for graduate work and anything else you feel is important.
    • Two letters of recommendation. In the online application, you will need to supply names and contact details of two people who can attest to your professional competence, academic preparation and potential for graduate work. Ideally, one should be a college or university professor who can discuss your academic abilities, and one should be an administrator or colleague who can describe your professional experience and potential. Graduate Studies will contact your references with instructions regarding the letters.
    • Letter of intent briefly and clearly expressing any interest you have in grant funding.
    • TOEFL or IELTS score reports for applicants whose native language is not English.
    • Please feel free to submit any other materials that you feel would give a clearer picture of your qualifications.
  6. Complete the online application

  7. Carefully follow the instructions on the application site.

    • Upload the above documents in the online application
    • Degree/Delivery: Masters- Distance (Online/Remote Site/etc.)
    • Academic Program: Special Education/Autism-Distance (MEd)
    • TOEFL or IELTS scores: Institution Code 6875 (if applicable)

    Apply Here

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This program is administered by the Department of Special Education .