Promote positive student well-being

Wendy Baty

Mental Health Practices in Schools (EdSp)

As a school counselor, Wendy was looking for a degree that she could immediately apply to her job. The online Mental Health Practices in Schools program allowed Wendy to access rigorous course work while leading a busy professional life.

Carlos Blanco

Mental Health Practices in Schools (EdSp)

Distance learning from MU let Carlos Blanco earn his degree while working full time. Studying counseling psychology helped him build rapport with his own students and show them how to better appreciate others.

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Quick facts

  • Program type: Educational specialist degree
  • Academic home: College of Education | Department of Educational, School and Counseling Psychology
  • Delivery mode: 100 percent online
  • Credit hours: 31
  • Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission, Teacher Education Accreditation Council
  • Estimated program cost: $13,434.47*

*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 educational specialist 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

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.