MA in Special Education with Emphasis in Special Education, General

Degree Requirements

Delivery of this program is 100% online with no campus visits required. 
The degree requires completion of 33 credit hours:  28 credit hours in required course work and 5+ credit hours of electives.  More information about this graduate program can be found at the Missouri Online program page

Master's candidates must follow the guidelines of the Graduate School with respect to timeliness and committee formations and complete paperwork. 

Degree prerequisite (does not count toward degree)
SPC_ED 7300Introduction to Special Education3
Required courses28
SPC_ED 7310Behavioral and Classroom Management3
SPC_ED 7320Assessment and Evaluation in Special Education3
SPC_ED 7330Collaboration and Consultation in Special Education3
SPC_ED 7375Cross Categorical Special Education3
SPC_ED 7380Methods in Cross-Categorical Special Education4
SPC_ED 8090Masters Project Research Hours3
SPC_ED 8350Introduction to Research Methods in Education3
SPC_ED 8440Advanced Behavior Management: Applied Behavior Analysis3
ESC_PS 7170Introduction to Applied Statistics3
SPC_ED 7325Language Development of Exceptional Students3
SPC_ED 7370Literacy in Special Education3
SPC_ED 7390Transition in Special Education2-3
SPC_ED 8387Seminar in Special Education1-3

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Faculty selection committees review applications for admission into the various graduate programs. Factors considered in the graduate student review process include previous academic course work and performance, letters of recommendation from professors or professional supervisors and relevant professional work experiences. The letter of intent is evaluated for advising purposes and is an indication of the applicant’s motivation, professionalism and writing competencies. Interviews with faculty are often arranged as part of the admissions review process.

The Special Education graduate program cannot assure admission to all applicants who meet minimum standards specified for the degree program. Resource constraints do not permit the admission of all qualified applicants.
A committee of faculty reviews the credentials of each applicant. It is the responsibility of this committee to exercise professional judgment related to the criteria that applicants must meet in order to be considered for admission to the program.

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Financial Aid from the Program

Some programs require an extra form or statement from those who wish to be considered for internal assistantships, fellowships or other funding packages. Check the program website or ask the program contact for details.


To remain in good standing in the master’s program and earn a master’s degree, each student must earn and maintain an overall grade point of 3.0 or higher in all required and elective course work each semester. If student’s GPA falls below 3.0 for any semester, they will be dropped from the degree program. If students receive a grade of “C” in any core or required course, remedial activities will be required. Students must also complete course work assigned a grade of “I” prior to the end of the following semester.

Satisfactory Progress

For information on general progress guidelines and the dismissal policy, see the Special Education website. 

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