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Educational Leadership and Human Development

Lovinger Building, Room 4101
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Phone: 660-543-4341
Office Manager: Barb Hicks


Graduate Program

Master of Science in Education Degree in Special Education

There are two options for the MSE Degree in Special Education. The first option is for those professional educators interested in pursuing advanced studies in the areas of Learning Disabilities, Behavior Disorders, Intellectual Disabilities, Early Childhood Special Education, and Severe Developmental Disabilities. These courses of study provide the graduate student with an enhanced understanding of persons with exceptional needs in schools and in larger society.

The second option is for the preparation of teachers 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 100% online study.

Both of the MSE Degree options feature:

Degree Requirements

The program requires a minimum of 32 graduate hours in the area of specialization. It requires an Internship of 3 credit hours and includes 150 clock hours in the public schools.

Degree candidates must have a valid teaching certificate or degree in Speech Pathology.

Degree candidates must have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75.

See MoCENTSat the UCM Foundations for information about applying for scholarships. Below is a list of UCM scholarships many of our students are eligible for. Create an account, complete the application, and apply for as many scholarships as fit your application. A selection of available scholarships is listed below:

Louise Thielbar Keisker Scholarship for Graduate Studies in Special Education

Graduate Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders

In addition to the MSE Degree in Special Education, UCM offers a graduate certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders. This certificate is available totally online and consists of a series of six 3-credit hour courses. Because the State of Missouri does not issue a teaching certificate in the area of Autism, the certificate does not lead to any additional teaching licenses. However, those individuals who possess such advanced training are in great demand by school districts in Missouri and elsewhere. No teaching certificate is required to be accepted into the Graduate Certificate in ASD course of study.

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