Special Education/Cross Categorical Undergraduate Program

Become a special education teacher

Make an impact on the lives of children and youth who have special needs or disabilities.

Teach K-12 students who have learning disabilities, behavior disorders or other impairments.

Degree options

Four-year degree plan

Review a sample degree plan for special education/cross categorical majors.

Extend your education

A special education major sets you on the track toward an accelerated master's degree. Add a graduate certificate to strengthen your resume.

Accelerated MSEd – Early childhood education

Advance your career as special education teacher or service provider.

Accelerated MSEd – Special education, autism spectrum disorder emphasis

Earn graduate credit as you complete your bachelor’s degree.

Non-accelerated graduate options

Autism spectrum disorder emphasis

Enhance your skills through related and advanced coursework in autism spectrum disorders.

Blindness and low vision emphasis

Engage in intensive, research-based coursework in support of individuals with blindness or low vision.

Special education alternative certification track

Earn certification in mild to moderate disabilities as you complete your master’s degree.

Why major in special education at Missouri State?

  • Develop your one-on-one instruction skills through extended practicum hours and student teaching
  • Create effective student individualized programs (IEPs)
  • Get a head start on your master's degree. Earn up to 12 hours of graduate credit toward an accelerated master's in Master of Science in Special Education: Autism spectrum disorders, or Master of Science in Early Childhood Special Education while finishing your bachelor's degree.

Careers and outcomes

Create special education curriculum that meets your students' unique needs.