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

The online masters 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. 

This program has potential benefits for:

  • School counselors
  • Elementary and secondary teachers
  • Special education professionals 
  • Mental health professionals 
  • Community-based practitioners 
  • School administrators 

Note: This program does not provide school counselor certification, nor any professional counseling licensure. 

Program structure and topics 

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 covers:

  • 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

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. If English is not your native language, please submit a TOEFL score of at least 80 (internet-based test) or an IELTS score of at least 6.5.
  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 statement (up to 1,000 words) describing your experience in teaching, helping or counseling; your interests and career objectives and how these interests and career objectives have developed; how the program will benefit your career and help you act upon your beliefs, goals and philosophy. Include interests, leadership roles, experience working with diverse groups, or other skills or experiences that distinguish you as a candidate for graduate study.
  6. Three letters of recommendation. In the online application, you will need to supply names and contact details of three people who can attest to your professional competence, academic preparation and potential for graduate work. Graduate Studies will contact your references with instructions regarding the letters.
  7. Submit a résumé or CV.
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.

To apply to this program:

This program accepts rolling admissions, so you can apply at any time. We recommend you submit your application at least six weeks before the beginning of the term in which you wish to start your course work.

Application Deadlines

July 1
November 1
April 1


  • *Required courses (25 credit hours)
  • ESC_PS 8490Mental Health in Schools Capstone Paper 1 Credit

    Procedures and instruments used in assessment of children with special needs, including screening, diagnosis, interpretation of diagnostic findings, and application to instructional plans.

  • ESC_PS 7160Developmental Aspects of Human Learning3 Credits

    Investigates aspects of human development that affect classroom learning. Topics include parenting style, divorce, friendship, mental health, attachment, play aggression, culture, and media. Graded on A-F basis only.

  • ESC_PS 8460Communication and Collaboration with Children and Families3 Credits

    This course will provide education professionals with the knowledge and basic skills to address common mental health issues through positive and solution focused communication and collaboration.

  • ESC_PS 8470Preventions and Interventions in School Mental Health3 Credits

    This course explores the role that educators and school mental health professionals play in promoting, prevention and early intervention practices for mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders in youth and considers the basic steps for designing, implementing and evaluating evidence based interventions.

  • ESC_PS 7460Foundations of School Mental Health3 Credits

    Explores the history, foundations, and implementation of an expanded framework of school mental health focusing on collaborative and interdisciplinary approaches to supporting the wellness and school success of youth. Introduces professional working in or with schools to the school mental health framework emphasizing a behavioral health continuum of care, links between mental health and academic performance, a comprehensive system of learning supports, and data-based decision-making.

  • ESC_PS 8430Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Disorders in Youth3 Credits

    The course will include on overview of normal development and an investigation into specific deviations in intensity, frequency, and/or duration of normal development which impact the individual in his or her home, school, and community.

  • ESC_PS 8440School Mental Health: Policy, Law and Ethics3 Credits

    This course is designed to familiarize school-based professionals with policies, laws and ethics associated with children and youth and schools.

  • ESC_PS 8450Diversity Issues in School Mental Health3 Credits

    The purpose of this course is to increase the level of multicultural awareness, knowledge, skills, and relationship of school personnel working with diverse student populations.

  • ESC_PS 8020Overview of Research Methods3 Credits

    Survey of research design and methods of data collection for masters, educational specialists, and doctoral students. Prerequisites: ESC_PS 7170 or instructor's consent.

  • *Electives (9 credit hours)
  • ESC_PS 8087Seminar: Empirically Supported Treatments and Interventions for Youth Mental Health3 Credits
  • ESC_PS 8370Social Emotional Learning3 Credits
  • ESC_PS 8425Effects of Maltreatment on Child and Adolescent Development3 Credits
  • ESC_PS 8435Wellness Management for School Personnel3 Credits
  • ESC_PS 8445Building Resiliency and Optimism in Youth3 Credits
  • ESC_PS 8455Bully and Youth Violence: Prevention and Reduction3 Credits
  • ESC_PS 8465 Vital Issues in School Mental Health3 Credits
  • ESC_PS 8475Proactive Behavior Management3 Credits
  • ESC_PS 8550Diversity and Multiculturalism II - Practical Application3 Credits

    Prerequisite: ESC_PS 8450

  • ESC_PS 8555African American Education - Historic and Current Issues3 Credits
  • ESC_PS 8560Immigrant Issues in Education3 Credits
  • ESC_PS 8565Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Issues in the Schools3 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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