Special education

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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.

Quick facts

Official name

Master of arts in special education with emphasis in special education, general


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

  • Interventionists
  • Paraeducators
  • School administrators
  • School psychologists
  • Special education specialists
  • Teachers
Missouri Division of Workforce Development, Eligible Training Provider System Occupation Search, Instructional Coordinators
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Missouri Division of Workforce Development, Eligible Training Provider System Occupation Search, Instructional Coordinators
Typical wage

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 to three years.

Course work includes

  • 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


100% online

Calendar system


Typical program length

2 or 3 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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MPER Early Career Scholars Program

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.

Learn more about this program

This program is administered by the Department of Special Education