MEd in Special Education with Emphasis in Combined Early Childhood and Autism

Degree Requirements

The Master of Education program requires 33 hours and a comprehensive examination or project. It emphasizes practical applications. MEd candidates must follow graduate school guidelines with respect to timeliness of committee formation and paperwork completion.  More information about this program can be found on the Missouri Online program page.

Degree Prerequisite
SPC_ED 7300Introduction to Special Education3
Program Courses30
SPC_ED 7330Collaboration and Consultation in Special Education3
SPC_ED 8350Introduction to Research Methods in Education3
SPC_ED 8440Advanced Behavior Management: Applied Behavior Analysis3
SPC_ED 8485Introduction and Methods of Early Intervention3
SPC_ED 8495Introduction and Methods of Early Childhood Special Education2-3
SPC_ED 8601Introduction to Autism3
SPC_ED 8602Methods of Instruction for Students with Autism3
SPC_ED 8603Social Competency for Students with Autism3
SPC_ED 8605Young Children with Autism3
SPC_ED 8606Assessment in Autism, Special Education3
LTC 8614Language and Early Literacy Development3

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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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