Lead students to success

Quick facts

  • Program type: Master’s degree
  • Academic home: College of Education | Department of Special Education
  • Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission, Teacher Education Accreditation Council
  • Delivery mode: 100 percent online
  • Credit hours: 33
  • Estimated program cost: $14,949.99*

*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.

Manage intervention and problem-solving teams

MU’s online master’s degree in special education, the first such program in the state of Missouri, is research intensive. If you want to become a teacher-leader in working with individuals with disabilities and special needs, this may be the degree for you.

Career prospects in Missouri

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Source: Missouri Division of Workforce Development, Eligible Training Provider System Occupation Search, Instructional Coordinators

This degree has potential benefits for

  • Interventionists
  • Paraeducators
  • School administrators
  • School psychologists
  • Special education specialists
  • 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 to three years.

Course work covers

  • Assessment and evaluation
  • Behavior management
  • Cross-categorical disabilities
  • Language development and literacy for exceptional students
  • Math, science and social studies for students who are struggling
  • Strategies for students with disabilities and at-risk learners

If you are a first-, second- or third-year teacher, and teach in an MPER partner school district, you might qualify for a 50 percent tuition sponsorship from the College of Education.

See how you can apply today.

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Ask us about this program

This program is administered by the Department of Special Education.