Special education

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Delivery of this program is 100 percent online: no campus visits are required.

Successful completion of the program requires 27 credit hours of required course work and 6 credit hours of electives.

Course planner

The chart below shows when the courses are traditionally offered. We recommend that you begin with SPC_ED 7310. Courses are 3 credit hours each, unless stated otherwise. The University reserves the right to change or cancel courses as needed.


The program culminates in a comprehensive, take-home exam that covers all of the course work in the program. You will have two weeks to write papers in response to four questions, using readings from the course as well as research journals. You must answer all four questions successfully in order to pass comps. Contact your adviser and the department secretary at the beginning of the semester in which you want to take comps.

Nondegree-seeking enrollment

Prior to acceptance into the program, you may enroll in up to 9 credit hours as a nondegree-seeking (in some cases, post-baccalaureate) student. Enrollment does not guarantee acceptance. Learn more about nondegree-seeking university student admissions.

State authorization

States require that the University of Missouri be authorized to deliver university-level distance/online education to their residents. Each state handles this process differently.

Please see our state authorization page for more information.

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Students residing in all states are eligible to enroll in this program.

Learn more about this program

This program is administered by the Department of Special Education