BSEd in Special Education with Emphasis in Cross Categorical Special Education

Degree Program Description

The Bachelor of Science in Education in Special Education prepares students to work with children from kindergarten through twelfth grade in public, private, and alternative school systems.  Students should consider a degree in special education if they enjoy working with children and/or adolescents who are struggling or who have special needs, want to help these students develop into strong citizens, and are excellent collaborators.  MU Students work closely with mentors, practicing teachers, administrators, and university faculty to develop the knowledge and skills to enhance learning outcomes for children and youth with and at risk for disabilities.  The coursework through the College of Education focuses on teachers’ roles in facilitating learning at all levels of development and considers the influences of cultural, political, historical, and economic factors on students, teachers, and schools.  Upon successfully completing the initial teacher certification process, the state grants certification in Special Education: Cross Categorical.  Practical and rewarding clinical training in schools begins sophomore year, and continues each semester culminating in a full year senior-level teaching internship, enhancing teaching skills and confidence.  Students focus on understanding and teaching students with a range of mild and moderate disabilities.  Courses within special education address foundational principles of how to teach students with special needs, including methods in mathematics and literacy, behavior management, language, and introduction and methods in cross categorical instruction, among others.

Major Program Requirements

Students must complete all university, general education, and content requirements, in addition to degree requirements.  Please meet with an Academic Advisor to discuss degree requirements and to create a semester plan.

As Mizzou Ed continues to implement the new Missouri Standards for the Preparation of Educators mandated by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), curriculum changes will be required that must be met in order to complete your degree and earn teacher certification. Those changes may become effective at any point during your academic program.  Therefore, it is extremely important that you DO NOT SELF ADVISE.

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Semester Plan

Below is a sample plan of study, semester by semester. A student’s actual plan may vary based on course choices and where options are available.                      

First Year
LTC 1160, 1100, 1120, 1155, 1160, or 11701LTC 22003
ENGLSH 10003MATH 11003
Missouri State Law Course3Social/Behavioral Science3
ESC_PS 20003Humanities3
Humanities3SPC_ED 43003
 13 15
Second Year
ESC_PS 2010 or LTC 20403ESC_PS 2010 or LTC 20403
ESC_PS 2014 or LTC 20441ESC_PS 2014 or LTC 20441
IS_LT 44673Lab Science 2-5
Math Reasoning Proficiency4Humanities 3
Non-Lab Science3Writing Intensive 3
 14 12-15
Third Year
SPC_ED 43253SPC_ED 43103
SPC_ED 43753SPC_ED 43703
SPC_ED 49402SPC_ED 4380W4
LTC 41942SPC_ED 49412
LTC 42113LTC 44603
LTC 43003LTC 46003
 16 18
Fourth Year
SPC_ED 43203SPC_ED 49721
SPC_ED 43303SPC_ED 45003
SPC_ED 43713SPC_ED 498110
ED_LPA 40603 
SPC_ED 49814 
 16 14
Total Credits: 118-121

*Must have a minimum of 56 credit hours outside of Phase II and Phase III requirements to meet 120 minimum credit hours. 

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Degree Audit

The degree audit is an automated report reflecting a student’s academic progress toward the completion of a degree.  Degree Audits are not available for all programs; however, please consult with the appropriate college or school for audit information.

MU students can request a degree audit by logging in to myDegreePlanner.  Students may also access myDegreePlanner via myZou, in the Student Center, by clicking on the Request Degree Audit link. The audit automatically pulls in the student’s MU course work, transfer courses and courses in progress.  This is available to current students, admitted students, and those who last attended less than three terms ago.

Past MU students can request a degree audit by contacting the Academic Advising Unit of the division in which they were last enrolled at MU. For contact information, go to

Prospective students, can access a preliminary MU degree audit via Information on the college credits already earned will have to be manually entered before it can be evaluated against current degree requirements.

For additional details on degree audits, go to

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Major and Career Exploration

The University of Missouri has many resources to assist you in exploring majors and career possibilities.  For guidance, visit the Majors and Careers website or view specific resources below.

  • If you would like to learn more about your career interests, abilities, values and talents, visit the MU Career Center in the lower level of the Student Success Center.  No appointment is necessary to explore career options with one of our staff members.

For additional major and career exploration resources, visit Major & Career Exploration in the catalog.

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