Program Description

The Masters of Arts: Teaching in Exceptional Child program is designed for those that do not have a degree in education or a teaching certificate. The program offers cohesive online graduate-level coursework and supervised field experiences in special education content and pedagogy with two options for certification: 

  • Early Childhood Special Education (birth-third grade)
  • Mild/Moderate and Cross-Categorical (K-12th grade).

Additionally, graduates with this degree receive education that aligns with state mandates and brings them to a higher pay scale.


Unique Features

Coursework is offered with online faculty support through advising, mentorship, and internship guidance. 

Experience high quality and full-time faculty tech classes. 

Admissions Requirements

  • 2.75 Cumulative Undergraduate GPA
  • Pre-Requisite Courses: PY 120 The Child or PY 521 Advanced Child Development (or equivalent course) EX 390 Psychology of the Exceptional Child or EX 635 Psychology of the Exceptional Child (or equivalent course)
  • Completion of Missouri Educator Profile (MEP)  Passing score on admission exam: Mild/Moderate Cross Categorical emphasis area: Passing Score: 007 – 010 Elementary Education MO Content Assessment
  • OR Early Childhood Special Education emphasis area: Passing Score: 064 Early Childhood Education MO Content Assessment
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Internships & Career Opportunities

  • Schools
  • School districts


Costs at Southeast