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Prepare to change your career (and change lives) on your timeline.
Pathway to Teaching
No teaching degree? We designed this program for you! Achieve an initial teaching
certificate in mild/moderate cross categorical (K-12) or early childhood special education
(birth-3rd grade). The program includes 53 hours of online course work, including
field experience and practicum.
It's 100% online, so never set foot on campus. Class discussions happen in online
forums, so you can learn and network on a flexible schedule.
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employed or in grad school
- Undergraduate education degree not required
- Apple Distinguished School
- Courses Reviewed with Quality Matters
- Accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation
- Flexible schedules with teachers in mind
We let our graduates do the talking...
"It's a learning experience for me. There's a saying, 'when you know one child with
autism, you know one child with autism.' Every child is different. I just love it.
It's very beneficial to my teaching."Heather Roe, Exceptional Child Education, 2017
Our Alumni Go Places.
Our graduates have taught in schools across the United States and around the world.
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
- SSM Health
- Thrive Autism Solutions
- Walt Disney World
The MAT in Exceptional Child online offers two areas of emphasis: mild/moderate cross
categorical (K-12) and early childhood special education (birth-3rd grade). It's designed
for students who don't have an undergraduate degree in education or a teaching certificate,
making it a viable option for changing the course of your career. With 53 hours of
online course work, including field experience and practicum, you'll be more than
ready for success as a teacher.
- 2.75 cumulative undergraduate GPA
- Prerequisite courses:
CF/PY120 The Child or
PY521 Advanced Child Development (or
EX390 Psychology of the Exceptional Child or
EX635 Psychology of the Exceptional Child (or
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- EX 507. Family and Child with Exceptionalities.
Emphasizes the teacher of children with exceptionalities partnering with families.
- EX 601. Educational Assessment Techniques.
Develops skills in selection, administration, scoring, and interpretation of standardized
tests used in special education. (3).
- EX 602. Language Acquisition for the Exceptional Child.
The process of language acquisition; language development theory; identification and
management of language problems by early childhood teachers and teachers of exceptional
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- Dr. Dixie McCollum is an assistant professor with 14 years experience in schools.
Her most recent research is on technology in teaching and using tech to meet the
needs of students with disabilities.
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