K-12 Special Education

University of Central Missouri

M.Sc. Online
12 months
365 USD/credit
365 USD/credit
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There are two options for the K-12 Special Education degree at the University of Central Missouri . The first is for professional educators interested in pursuing advanced studies in the areas of Learning Disabilities, Emotional Disturbance, Intellectual Disabilities, Early Childhood Special Education, and Autism and Severe Developmental Disabilities. 


These courses of study provide you with an enhanced understanding of persons with exceptional needs in schools and in larger society.

The second option is for the preparation of teachers who will serve children with Autism Spectrum Disorders in widely diverse settings, including public and private schools, hospitals and clinics, or as consultants to schools, families and other educational agencies. This option is 100% online study.

We offer a master degree in K-12 Special Education at the University of Central Missouri. The need for highly qualified special education teachers is increasing as never before. The last two decades has been a period of critical shortage of special education teachers across the United States. 

It is estimated that the United States will need an additional 15,000 teachers per year over the next several years to meet the needs of the ever-growing population of special needs children entering America’s schools. Anyone pursuing a career in this area of professional preparation will have little difficulty finding rewarding employment after graduation.

Why Choose UCM

Both of the MSE Degree options feature:

  • In-depth instruction in human diversity
  • Advanced study in an area of critical need
  • Adherence to the Advanced Standards of the Council for Exceptional Children
  • Classes that are offered nights, weekends, online and at UCM-Lee's Summit

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Advanced Educational Psychology 
  • Evaluation of Students with Disabilities 
  • Internship in Special Education 
  • Introduction to Research 
  • Childhood Research and Development 
  • Introduction to Graduate Study in Special Education 

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 12 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

All application materials should be received by Graduate Studies at least three weeks prior to the beginning of the semester. 




33 alternative credits



Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • To apply for admission to a master’s degree program at UCM you must have a bachelor’s degree. To apply to an Education Specialist’s degree program you must have a master’s degree. 
  • Prerequisite degrees must be from institutions accredited by agencies recognized by the University of Central Missouri.  
  • If you have graduate coursework you must have a graduate GPA of 3.0 or higher to be admitted to a graduate program.
  • Some graduate programs at UCM require standardized tests, such as the GRE or GMAT, and some require a minimum GPA, letters of recommendation, a statement of purpose and/or other materials.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    365 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 365 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    365 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 365 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.


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K-12 Special Education
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