Early childhood special education/autism

Master of education University of Missouri
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The online master’s degree in early childhood special education and autism from MU will help you design, deliver and evaluate services to children from birth to age 5. If you want to advance your career working with young children with autism and other disabilities, this may be the degree for you.

Quick facts

Official name

Master of education in special education with an emphasis in early childhood special education and autism


University of Missouri

Program type

Master's degree

Academic home

College of Education | Department of Special Education

Delivery mode

100% online


Higher Learning Commission, Teacher Education Accreditation Council

Credit hours


Estimated cost


*This cost is for illustrative purposes only. Your hours and costs will differ, depending on your transfer hours, your course choices and your academic progress. See more about tuition and financial aid.

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Career prospects

This degree has potential benefits for

  • Early childhood practitioners
  • Early interventionists
  • Child-care center workers
  • Head Start teachers
  • School counselors
  • Special education teachers
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Special Education Teachers
Employment growth
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.
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Program structure

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
  • Characteristics of children with autism, including those who are high functioning
  • Creating inclusive classrooms
  • Home-based models for infants and toddlers
  • Language and early literacy development
  • Research-based intervention strategies


100% online

Calendar system


Typical program length

2 years

Typical course load

1 or 2 classes each semester


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.

Learn more about this program

This program is administered by the Department of Special Education