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It's not a job; it's a calling. At Southeast Missouri State University, we know how important your work is. Our program gives you the knowledge, the skills, and the confidence to truly impact education.

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Southeast Missouri State University is consistently recognized for academic excellence by the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges Rankings for institutions in the Midwest and is fully accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education.

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  • Apple Distinguished School
  • Emphasis on technology in the classroom
  • Fully accredited
  • Areas in mild/cross-categorical, autism, and early childhood special education
  • Flexible schedules built with teachers in mind
  • Courses reviewed by Quality Matters
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We let our graduates do the talking...

"I am excited about the opportunity to make a difference in children’s lives through education. The training I have received has been phenomenal."Christi Williams, '17, Elementary and Exceptional Child Education

Our Alumni Go Places.

Managing directors. Executive strategists. CEOs. Our graduates are leading change. Here are just a few of the global companies where you'll find them.

Below are just a few examples of the companies who hire graduates from the College of Education, Health and Human Studies at Southeast Missouri State.

  • AB Spectrum
  • Baltimore Ravens
  • BJC HealthCare
  • Bootheel Counseling Services
  • Coastal Orthopedics
  • Cardinal Glennon
  • Community Counseling Center
  • Jumpstart Autism Center
  • Kedrion Biopharma
  • Mayo Clinic
  • Mercy Hospital
  • Missouri Baptist Medical Center
  • New Vision Counseling
  • Saint Francis Healthcare System
  • School Districts Across the Country
  • SoutheastHEALTH
  • SSM Health
  • Thrive Autism Solutions
  • Walt Disney World

The Master of Arts in exceptional child education is an online graduate degree offering three emphasis areas: mild/moderate cross-categorical, autism, and early childhood special education. At Southeast our program is nationally and state accredited. Our graduates are highly sought after by school districts. Please note this program will not lead to an initial teacher license.

  • The applicant must have a valid professional teaching certificate
    OR a qualifying score on the state content exam appropriate for that certificate
    OR be in the 50th percentile verbal and analytic components of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • Undergraduate grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale.
  • The program admission process must be completed within one calendar year.

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  • CE 614. Family/School Collaboration
    Analysis of current programs and practices in establishing family/school partnerships to support education decision making and child learning. (3).
  • EL 615. Research In Action.
    Introduction to the methods of action research for improving an aspect of the teaching-learning process. (3).
  • EX 601. Educational Assessment Techniques.
    Develops skills in selection, administration, scoring, and interpretation of standardized tests used in special education. (3).

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  • Dr. Dixie McCollum is an accomplished educator with vast research experience including using technology to meet the needs of students with disabilities and the effects of a speech-to-text software application on written expression for students with various disabilities.

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