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Online education degrees in special education

MU's College of Education is ready to help you make an impact on the future of special education — and in the lives of your students.

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There is an incredible demand for qualified special educators. As the need for skilled teachers grows, many new opportunities arise for educators just like you. Get ready to enter the workforce, or to make your next career move, with one of MU's online special education degree programs.

Affordable

As a distance learner in a MU graduate program, you qualify for in-state tuition rates, regardless of where you live.

Highly ranked

U.S. News & World Report, GetEducated.com and TheBestSchools.org consistently rank our online education degree programs among the best.

100 percent online

Mizzou’s online special education programs are 100 percent online: no campus visits are required. You can earn your degree on your own schedule.

Expert faculty

Our online education degrees are developed and taught by the same practiced faculty and instructors who teach on campus.

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Tony Chambers, master’s in autism education.
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M Ed (Autism) ’17

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Master's

Autism (M Ed)

Master of education in special education with an emphasis in autism

Increase the knowledge and skills needed to work effectively with children and youth with autism and their families. Help students and families develop the skills they need to better succeed in life.

Early childhood special education (M Ed)

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

Prepare to work with young children, both those with disabilities as well as those who are at risk for school failure, and their families.

Early childhood special education/autism (M Ed)

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

Design, deliver and evaluate services for children from birth to age 5. Advance your career and make a difference in the lives of young children with autism and other disabilities.

Gifted education (M Ed)

Master of education in special education with an emphasis in gifted education

Learn what gifted and talented students need from their learning experience and make your classroom the most effective and dynamic place it can be.

Special education (MA)

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

Become a teacher-leader managing intervention and problem-solving teams that work with individuals with disabilities and special needs. This research-intensive online master’s is the first such program in the state of Missouri.

Certification preparation

Gifted education (Cert prep)

Gifted education certification preparation

This online program was designed to meet the needs of practicing teachers who already have initial teacher certification and are seeking Missouri certification in gifted education.

Take your first step

You’re one click away from learning online with the award-winning College of Education. Learn more about the online degrees and certificates and how to apply today!