• Course Delivery
    100% Online
  • Total Credits
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit

Teachers at all levels and in all subjects work with students who need interventions, enhanced learning environments and/or accommodations. Regardless of your subject focus, the skills you develop in this MA program will help you improve student outcomes while you network with educators from all over. If you want to become a teacher-leader in positive behavior intervention supports, multi-tiered systems of support or other aspects of special education, this may be the degree for you.

The degree has benefits for:

  • Interventionists 
  • Paraeducators 
  • School administrators 
  • School psychologists 
  • Special education specialists 
  • Teachers

Course work covers:

  • 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

Admissions & Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. Completed bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  2. Minimum GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate education.
  3. Application to this program does require you to submit GRE scores. If you have not taken the exam in the past five years, now is the time to do so.
  4. Transcripts of all previous college or university education. Upload unofficial transcripts in your online application. If you are accepted, you will be asked to provide official transcripts.
  5. Personal data sheet including important biographical information and professional experience.
  6. A statement of purpose (500 words) summarizing your professional goals, career objectives, research interests, your motivation for graduate work and anything else you feel is important.
  7. Résumé or CV.
  8. Two letters of recommendation. In the online application, you will need to supply names and contact details of two people who can attest to your professional competence, academic preparation and potential for graduate work. Ideally, one should be a college or university professor who can discuss your academic abilities, and one should be an administrator or colleague who can describe your professional experience and potential. The Graduate Studies will contact your references with instructions regarding the letters.
  9. Letter of intent briefly and clearly expressing any interest you have in grant funding.
NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states, U.S. territories and the District of Columbia.

Application Deadlines

July 15
October 1
March 1


  • *Degree prerequisite (does not count toward degree)
  • SPC_ED 7300Introduction to Special Education (or equivalent)3 Credits

    Introductory overview of the field of special education; historical developments, characteristics of special populations, and compliance with state and federal regulations.

  • *Required courses (27 credit hours)
  • ESC_PS 7170Introduction to Applied Statistics3 Credits

    Introduces statistical techniques including descriptive statistics, correlation, simple regression and hypothesis testing. Graded on A-F basis only. Prerequisites: College Algebra or equivalent.

  • SPC_ED 7330Collaboration and Consultation in Special Education3 Credits

    Study of communication, problem-solving, collaboration strategies. Application of strategies to work with exceptional students, their families, other professional members of interdisciplinary, interagency teams. Prerequisites: SPC_ED 4300.

  • SPC_ED 7380Methods in Cross-Categorical Special Education3 Credits

    This course is designed to provide students with research-based instructional and behavior management methods for use with student with cross-categorical disabilities. Prerequisites: professional standing in Phase II, SPC_ED 4375, SPC_ED 4940.

  • SPC_ED 8090Master’s Thesis Research Hours3 Credits

    Restricted to students enrolled in the graduate program. Graded S/U only.

  • SPC_ED 8350Research with Exceptional Children3 Credits

    Explores significant, historical, and current research in special education. Emphasizes the application of research, methodology, and findings relative to problems facing the practitioner. Prerequisites: instructor's consent.

  • SPC_ED 7310Behavioral Management for Exceptional Students3 Credits

    Study of classroom management and applied behavior analysis strategies. Focus on teacher as decision-maker in the design, implementation, evaluation of individual and group management programs. Prerequisites: SPC_ED 4300.

  • SPC_ED 7320Assessment and Evaluation in Special Education3 Credits

    Procedures and instrucments used in the assessment of individual with disability, including standardized and non-standardized measurs of intellectual ability, academica achievement, oral languarge, social/emotionsl bechaviors, career/vocational needs. Prerequisite: graduate standing and Special Education (SPC_ED 4300).

  • SPC_ED 7375Cross Categorical Special Education3 Credits

    Study of characteristics of students with cross categorical disabilities and other pertinent issues including inclusion, assessment, and evaluation practices. Prerequisites: professional standing in Phase II.

  • SPC_ED 8440Advanced Behavior Management: Applied Behavior Analysis3 Credits

    This course will provide graduate students with advanced theory and knowledge in behavior management. Emphasis will be placed on understanding and using the principles of applied behavior analysis. Prerequisites: SPC_ED 4310 and instructor's consent.

  • *Electives (6 credit hours)
  • LTC 7600 Diagnosis and Remediation of Learning Problems in Math-Middle 3 Credits
  • SPC_ED 7325Language Development of Exceptional Students3 Credits
  • SPC_ED 7370 Literacy in Special Education3 Credits
  • SPC_ED 7390Methods in Vocational Education for the Disabled and Disadvantaged3 Credits

Tuition & Fees

Missouri Resident Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $367.60
  • Fees: $65.77
  • Total: $433.37
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1102.80
  • Fees: $197.31
  • Total: $1300.11
Missouri Non-Resident Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $367.60
  • Fees: $65.77
  • Total: $433.37
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1102.80
  • Fees: $197.31
  • Total: $1300.11
Tuition rates are subject to change.

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