This degree is available through Mizzou Online.

MU’s online master’s degree in Special Education, the first such program in the state of Missouri, is research intensive. If you want to become a teacher-leader in positive behavior intervention supports, multi-tiered systems of support or other aspects of special education, this may be the degree for you.

Degree Requirements

  • Completed bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate education.
  • Application to this program does require you to submit GRE scores. If you have not taken the exam in the past five years, now is the time to do so.
  • If English is not your native language, please submit a TOEFL score of at least 100 (internet-based test) or an IELTS score of at least 7.

Apply

How to Apply

Complete the following steps before your application deadline.

  1. Complete the Graduate Studies application online.
    • If you’re a former MU degree-seeking student wishing to resume the same program/degree, use the Graduate Re-activation Form instead.
    • Current MU graduate students changing or adding degrees should use the Change of Degree, Program Adviser Form.
    • Post-baccalaureate (non-degree seeking) graduate students who have applied in the past three semesters should contact Graduate Studies to request their application be made available to us.
  2. Complete the Personal Data Sheet.
    • The Personal Data Sheet includes pertinent biographical information and professional experience.
    • As a part of this requirement, the applicant must confer or correspond with one of the special education faculty members in the proposed area of concentration prior to submitting an application. If you do not know who to speak to, contact Delinda van Garderen at vangarderend@missouri.edu.
  3. Write a statement of purpose, usually around 500 words, in which you summarize your professional goals, including career objectives, research interests, your motivation for advanced graduate work and other pertinent information.
  4. Submit at least three letters of recommendation.
    • The letters should attest to your professional competence, academic preparation and potential for graduate work.
    • Ideally, two letters should be from college or university professors who can discuss your academic abilities, and one should be from an administrator or colleague who can describe authoritatively your professional experience and potential.
    • Letters are submitted through the online application system.
  5. GRE scores from the past five years
  6. TOEFL or IELTS scores from the past two years (only required for students whose native language is not English).  Waivers will not be granted for this requirement.
  7. Upon department acceptance, have official transcripts from all previous college work at institutions other than MU sent directly to: Office of Graduate Studies, 210 Jesse Hall, Columbia, MO 65211.

Conditional acceptance

Conditional acceptance into the program is not provided for those students who wish to pursue English language training in the U.S. prior to starting their graduate studies. Applications submitted will be reviewed for admission into the program as per the criteria noted below.

An interview may be required by the admissions committee. Please feel free to submit any other materials that you feel would give a clearer picture of your qualifications. If you have questions or if you would like a paper application packet, contact the Department of Special Education at umccoesped@missouri.edu.

Admission Decisions

Each applicant’s credentials are reviewed by a committee of faculty that is committed to using professional judgement to find applicants with great potential for success and contribution to the profession. Membership in underrepresented groups is a special consideration for the committee. The department cannot assure admission to all applicants who meet minimum admission requirements.