Dr. Jon S. Turner


Counseling Leadership and Special Ed

Role: Faculty
Campus: Springfield

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Missouri State University
Counseling Leadership and Special Ed
901 S. National Ave.
Springfield, MO 65897


Dr. Jon Turner is an associate professor in the Department of Counseling, Leadership, and Special Education. His area of special research focus in on the challenges faced by rural schools. His research agenda focuses on the implementation of the four-day school week in public schools. Prior to coming to Missouri State, Dr. Turner had a 25 year career as a school administrator and teacher in Missouri rural public schools. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Missouri Association of Rural Education. He holds degrees from Missouri Southern State University, Missouri State University, and the University of Missouri and is a native of Webb City, Missouri. 



  • EdD, 2006, University of Missouri
  • MS, Education, 1997, Missouri State University
  • BS, Education, 1988, Missouri Southern State University


  • EAD 787 Administration of Special Programs
  • EAD 858 School Personnel
  • EAD 862 Superintendency
  • EAD 882 Internship for Superintendency
  • EAD 850 Politics of Education
  • EAD 867 School Plant Planning & Maintenance
  • SEC 302 General Methods of Instruction in Middle and Secondary Schools

Professional experience

Selected publications

Research and professional interests

  • The four-day school week
  • School and school board leadership
  • Rural school leadership
  • Pathways for para-educators into teaching

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