Are you an educator looking to lead your school or district to more effective education and services for students with exceptionalities? The University of Central Missouri’s master’s degree in Special Education K–12 will empower you with the knowledge and confidence you need to become a leader in the field.
Graduate degrees in Special Education vary in terms of intended application. This UCM Master of Science in Education is designed for educators seeking to take a more active role in improving the quality and efficacy of special education programs at all levels.
Within UCM’s master’s degree in Special Education K–12, you can choose different areas of focus. Pursue the broadest possible education with a General Special Education concentration, or acquire an in-demand specialty with a concentration in Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Customize your MSE in Special Education
This graduate Special Education degree program can be tailored to complement and expand your foundational understanding of practices and interventions in the field. To qualify for this UCM program you need a valid teaching certificate and a degree in some area of education or a related field, such as Speech-Language Pathology or a comparable student service.
Affordable MSE in Special Education
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Tailor your degree to your interests
Coursework for advanced degrees in Special Education reflects your prior knowledge as well as what you hope to achieve. The classes you’ll take to complete UCM’s master’s degree in Special Education K–12 will be selected to meet your specific needs, but your foundational coursework will include:
The University of Central Missouri centers experiential learning for all degree programs, including graduate degrees in Special Education. You’ll engage deeply with your peers and the program’s expert faculty.
The program for UCM’s master’s degree in Special Education ensures you graduate with practical, applicable skills as well as a deeper academic understanding of the content area. You’ll have many opportunities for hands-on learning, including:
The National Center for Education Statistics reports significant annual increases in the number of public school students with special needs — nearly a million children in the past decade alone. There are not enough qualified Special Education teachers and administrators to educate and provide services for these students, so this enriching field offers excellent growth opportunities.
Your UCM master’s degree in Special Education will equip you with the credentials — and more importantly, with the practical skills — you need to step into a variety of roles in the field. The University of Central Missouri’s MSE in Special Education is excellent preparation for your future as a senior administrator.
More about what you can do with an MSE in Special Education
Earning your master’s degree in Special Education from UCM sets you on the path to leadership within your school, district or community. Use the interactive tool below to explore trends and projected growth for jobs that leverage your MSE in Special Education.
The University of Central Missouri has been training educators for more than 150+ years, with an emphasis on accessible higher education for all. The tuition for our accredited master’s degree in Special Education is extremely competitive and represents excellent value.
We offer an extensive range of financial aid options to help you finance your graduate education. In addition to our substantial university-wide loans and grants, students pursuing UCM master’s degrees in Special Education may be eligible for these exclusive funds:
Learn more about program-specific scholarships by using the UCM Scholarship Finder.
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.