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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.

100% Flexible

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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  • 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
  • SoutheastHEALTH
  • 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. (3).
  • 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 children. (3).

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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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