Connect with and empower students across the learning spectrum with a Special Education Teaching degree from the University of Central Missouri. The Cross-Categorical Disabilities concentration of our Special Education Bachelor of Science degree program provides supportive, hands-on and standards-based training in how to become a special education teacher.
UCM’s bachelor’s degree in Special Education program will help you understand how young people develop and learn. In the Cross-Categorical Disabilities major in Special Education, you’ll be able to create inclusive, engaging environments that help K–12 learners with a variety of disabilities feel safe and supported.
Learn how to become a special education teacher at your own speed
UCM offers flexible courses to accommodate the different needs of students in our Special Education programs. Pursue your Special Education Teaching degree in Cross-Categorical Disabilities part- or full-time at our Warrensburg campus, with opportunities for coursework in Lee’s Summit at our Missouri Innovation Campus. Some courses are offered in a fully online format.
CEC- and CAEP-accredited program
100% employment rate
Qualify for state-wide certification
Valuable hands-on experience
Some online classes available
A bachelor’s degree in Special Education with a concentration in Cross-Categorical Disabilities from UCM will give you insight into the nature of the learning process. Understanding how individual learners differ, as well as how to address diverse emotional, social, physical and cognitive needs, will enable you to craft ideal educational experiences for each of your students.
Coursework for this Special Education Teaching degree may include:
The University of Central Missouri is well-situated to give students in our Special Education programs teaching experience in a variety of settings — before graduation. Strengthen your special education teaching skills with hands-on, real-world experiences in suburban, urban and rural districts, in resource rooms and in self-contained classrooms:
When you major in Special Education at the University of Central Missouri, you’re choosing a career path that’s as in-demand as it is fulfilling. Graduates of UCM’s Special Education programs, including the Cross-Categorical Disabilities area, enjoy a 100% employment rate after graduation — many of our students have even been approached with employment offers before they graduate.
Your Special Education Teaching degree in Cross-Categorical Disabilities will qualify you for state-wide certification. Many graduates go on to work in K–12 schools, but your bachelor’s degree in Special Education may also qualify you for educational jobs in a variety of settings.
Career choices for a major in Special Education
Use our interactive tool below to find out more about job trends and salaries with a bachelor’s degree in Special Education for students with Cross-Categorical Disabilities.
The University of Central Missouri offers an affordable, high-quality education. We believe that a respected Special Education Teaching degree should be accessible to all. Over 90% of our undergraduate students receive some form of financial aid, including loans, grants, work-study opportunities and scholarships.
In addition to our university-wide resources, as a major in Special Education in the Cross-Categorical Disabilities area, you may be eligible for these exclusive funds:
To maximize your career options with a Special Education Teaching degree, consider returning to UCM for a graduate degree:
If you’re interested in a bachelor’s degree in Special Education but would like to work with a wider range of ages, consider an alternative major in Special Education:
UCM is the longest continuously CAEP accredited public institution in Missouri
The program is nationally recognized by the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), the leading advocacy organization for special education in the country.