Mental health practices in schools

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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.

Quick facts

Official name

Educational specialist in educational, school and counseling psychology with an emphasis in mental health practices in schools


University of Missouri

Program type

Educational specialist

Academic home

College of Education | Department of Educational, School and Counseling Psychology

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 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

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 includes

  • 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


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.

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