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Early Childhood Special Education, Minor

Expand Your Horizon

The special education programs at the University of Central Missouri offer high quality programs at an affordable cost. We will help you become a highly trained professional who provides specially designed instruction and services to children and youth with special needs. Our graduates are:

  • Creative problem solvers
  • Masters of learning styles and teaching strategies
  • Team players
  • Lifelong learners
  • Prepared to meet the challenges of their profession with confidence and enthusiasm

A major in Elementary Education (grades 1-6) with an Early Childhood Special Education Minor is also available and can easily be completed in the four-year program of study.

Occupational Outlook

The need for highly qualified special education teachers is increasing as never before. The last two decades have 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. By pursuing a career in this area of professional preparation, you will have little difficulty finding rewarding employment after graduation.


Why Choose UCM

UCM offers an array of programs that will meet the needs of just about anyone considering entering the special education profession. The undergraduate degree and certification programs allow the successful candidate to graduate in FOUR years with a Bachelor of Science in Education degree with an emphasis in a variety of areas.

Highly Qualified Faculty

You will receive a world-class education in a personalized program at UCM. Upper-division courses generally have 12-20 students per class, and you will have a faculty advisor who knows you and YOUR needs. All of your instructors will have terminal degrees and substantial experience working with special needs children in a variety of settings. Your instructors are nationally and internationally recognized for their contributions to their profession and they will become your mentors and role models. 

Multiple Field Experiences

Field experiences are embedded into courses from the very beginning to the end of the degree program. Students have multiple field experiences that provide the opportunity to see what it’s like in rural, urban, and suburban school settings when working with the various populations of special needs students.



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.

Special Education Information:

Lisa A Robbins
Associate Professor
Lovinger 4138
Tel: 660-543-8756

Early Childhood Education Information:

Natalie Tye
Assistant Professor
Lovinger 3182
Tel: 660-543-4235


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