Bring the value of differentiated learning to all of your future students by adding a Special Education minor to your Teaching degree at the University of Central Missouri.
A minor in Special Education for the BSE will prepare you to work effectively and compassionately with children with a wide variety of disabilities and developmental delays. You’ll learn assessment techniques and individualized curriculum design, as well as how to partner with your students’ families and communities to support them along their path to success.
Qualify for additional certification
This minor in Special Education will give you the knowledge and skills you need to advance your career. Once you’ve graduated with your bachelor’s degree and received your initial teaching certification, you can take Missouri’s content assessment for Cross Categorical Disabilities K–12. Although the knowledge base on its own will enhance your appeal as a candidate for any teaching job, pursuing special education teaching certification will maximize your career opportunities.
Prepare for Special Ed certification
CEC- and CAEP-accredited program
Learn an in-demand specialty
Hands-on learning with field experience
Expert faculty are leaders in the field
Learn skills that benefit all students
UCM’s Special Education minor for future teachers is designed to expand your practical knowledge of working with students with exceptionalities in a school setting. Coursework for this minor will prepare you to take the content assessment for Cross-Categorical Disabilities K–12.
This minor is offered by UCM’s fully accredited, standards-aligned Special Education program, and includes courses such as:
The University of Central Missouri emphasizes experiential learning in all of our degree programs. We offer “hands-on, minds-on” learning within our Special Education minor to ensure you graduate with applicable, real-world skills and experience, as well as a more complete understanding of the content area:
The need for qualified educators of children with exceptionalities is at an all-time high. By minoring in Special Education while earning your BSE at the University of Central Missouri, you’ll learn an in-demand specialty that will increase your job options in any district where you qualify to teach.
In addition to increasing your appeal as a candidate for teaching jobs, a Special Education minor will enable you to improve learning outcomes for all of your future students by being able to tailor your instruction to their individual learning needs. A better understanding of the principles and mechanics of child development will enhance your entire teaching practice.
Careers for educators with special education expertise
Use our interactive tool below to explore employment and salary trends for educators working in the fast-growing field of special education.
Adding a Special Education minor is an excellent way to access the additional value of our accredited, standards-based Special Education program and increase your hiring potential in districts across the state and nation.
UCM distributes financial aid every year to over 90% of our undergraduate students. Dedicated financial aid advisors will help you find the best way to finance your college education. Our extensive options include grants, loans, work-study opportunities and scholarships.
Program scholarships for undergraduate students
Based on your major, you may qualify for additional program-specific scholarships. Learn more by using the UCM Scholarship Finder.
If adding a Special Education minor to your Bachelor of Science in Education ignites your interest in the field, consider returning to UCM to pursue one of these graduate degrees:
UCM also offers an alternative minor for students interested 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.