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K 12 Special Education, MSE

About Special Education


There are two options for the M.S.E. Degree in Special Education. The first is for professional educators interested in pursuing advanced studies in various areas of special education to gain additional information to work with individuals with special needs. 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 those 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 designed to be completed 100% online.

Occupational Outlook

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



UCM is the longest continuously CAEP accredited public institution in Missouri

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The program is nationally recognized by the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), the leading advocacy organization for special education in the country.



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