Program Description

The Master of Arts: Exceptional Child Education is ideal for busy teachers wanting to further their education. As a degree that is entirely online, it allows for flexibility, convenience, and an ability to to learn at one's own pace. Interested candidates will have the opportunity to choose between these three areas of emphasis: 

  • Mild/Moderate Cross-Categorical
  • Autism
  • and Early Childhood Special Education

While this program does not lead to an initial teaching certificate, it does allow candidates to "add on" certification in Early Childhood Education. 

Unique Features

This program has 33 credit hours of course work. Additionally, it allows, not only for general education teachers to become skilled in working with those who have special needs, but allows Special Education teachers to deepen their knowledge. 

Teachers have the opportunity to become certified in Early Childhood Special Education. 

Admissions Requirements

  • The applicant must have a teaching certificate or a qualifying score on the Missouri Content Assessment (MoCA) take and be in the 50th percentile of the verbal and analytic components of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Millers Analogy Test (MAT).
  • Undergraduate grade point average must be at or above a 2.75.
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Internships & Career Opportunities

  • Schools
  • School districts
  • Organizations
  • Camps


Costs at Southeast