Program Requirements

To successfully complete the Master of Science in special education program, you must complete the following 9 hours of core coursework:

Core requirements - 9 hrs
Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
SFR 780* Educational Research Methodology 3 hrs
SPE 780 Impact of Contemporary Issues & Diversity in Special Education 3 hrs
SPE 788
or
SPE 799
Research Seminar in Special Education
or
Thesis Option
3 hrs

* Offered via internet or alternative delivery system based on availability.

Comprehensive Examination. Degree candidates must pass a comprehensive exam. Students completing the thesis option will complete an oral defense of their thesis for their comprehensive exam. Other masters students will complete a written exam using a computer. Students who live in another state who need to take the written comprehensive exam may be allowed to take the exam at an approved proctored site. Confer with faculty advisor regarding this option.

Autism Spectrum Disorders Option

The Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) option is designed for individuals who have teacher certification in an area of Mild/Moderate Disabilities who wish to enhance their skills through related and advanced course work in ASD. In-depth analysis of research-based practices specific to assessment, identification, and programming for students with ASD are stressed. Course work in addition to the core follows.

Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
SPE 783 Advanced Assessment to Support Individuals with Developmental & Sensory Disabilities 3 hrs
SPE 625 Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders 3 hrs
SPE 791 Clinical Practicum for Individuals with Autism and Challenging Behavior 4 hrs
SPE 627 Research-Based Strategies for Individuals with ASD 3 hrs
SPE 618 Application of Applied Behavior Analysis & Interventions in Applied Settings 3 hrs
SPE 626 Applied Behavioral Analysis for Developmental Disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorders 3 hrs
SPE 740 Verbal Behavior 3 hrs
  Electives 6 hrs
  Total 37 hours

* Offered via internet or alternative delivery system based on availability.

Orientation and Mobility Option

The MSEd Option Program in Orientation and Mobility is available to individuals seeking a degree with emphasis in Orientation and Mobility. The Master's degree option in Orientation and Mobility (O&M) is designed to meet regional and national needs and is aligned to the standards set by the Association of Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER) and Academy of Certification of Vision Rehabilitation and Education Professionals (ACVREP). The program prepares specialists who teach individuals who have blindness or low vision to travel independently, safely, and efficiently in their homes and communities. Individuals who desire to pursue a degree and subsequent certification in O&M will be identified based upon geographic need and individual qualifications. Prerequisites may be required based on transcript analysis.

Required course work in addition to the core follows.

Program requirements

Required Course work in addition to the core:
Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
SPE 605* Braille Reading and Writing I 3 hrs
SPE 606* Principles of Orientation and Mobility 2 hrs
SPE 607* Services and Diversity in Blindness and Low Vision and Additional Disabilities 3 hrs
SPE 608* Low Vision, Anatomy, and Physiology of the Eye 2 hrs
SPE 712 Instructional Techniques and Strategies of Orientation and Mobility 6 hrs
SPE 714* Professional Issues and Assessment Related to Orientation and Mobility with Diverse Populations 3 hrs
SPE 730 Health, Functional, and Psychosocial Aspects of Disabilities 2 hrs
SPE 760 Internship in Orientation and Mobility 3 hrs
SPE 780* Contemporary Issues in Special Education 3 hrs
  To Total 36 hours

* Offered via internet or alternative delivery system based on availability.

Blindness and Low Vision (B&LV) Option

The Blindness and Low Vision (B&LV) option is designed to provide intensive research based instruction in regard to assessment and programming for individuals identified with low vision or who are blind. Course work will emphasize Braille instruction as well as the use of varied technology options to support individuals with VI across multiple environments. Course work will be offered on-line to support broad delivery and is accredited by the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER). Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Teacher Certification in Blind and Partially sighted may be obtained upon completion of the VI emphasis. Successful completion of the course work in the area of VI, along with additional course work as outlined, will in part address requirements for National certification and a Missouri State Graduate Certificate in Orientation and Mobility.

Required coursework in addition to the core follows.

Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
SPE 605* Braille Reading and Writing I 3 hrs
SPE 606* Principles of Orientation and Mobility 2 hrs
SPE 607* Services and Diversity in Blindness and Low Vision and Additional Disabilities 2 hrs
SPE 608* Low Vision, Anatomy, and Physiology of the Eye 3 hrs
SPE 709* Methods of Teaching Students with Blindness or Low Vision and Multiple Disabilities 3  hrs
SPE 711* Braille Reading and Writing II         3 hrs
SPE 730* Health, Functional, and Psychosocial Aspects of Disabilities 2 hrs
SPE 733* Methods of Teaching Independent Living Skills to Persons with Blindness or Low Vision 3 hrs
SPE 750* Practicum: Blindness and Low Vision 3 hrs
SPE 779* Application of Technology In Special Education 3 hrs
SPE 783* Advanced Assessment to Support Individuals with Developmental & Sensory Disabilities 3 hrs
  Total BLV Course Hours 30 hours
  Total Program Hours - 30 BLV Courses + 9 Core Courses 39 hours

NOTE:  Additional course work may be required based on the candidate’s previous qualifications and previous certifications.

* Offered via internet.

Special Education Alternative Certification Track Option

The Special Education Alternative Certification Track (SEACT) option is designed to facilitate Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Teacher Certification in K-12 Cross-Categorical Special Education (Mild to Moderate Disabilities) while acquiring advanced knowledge and skills in the area. Course work is designed to reflect State and National standards with demonstrated mastery of specific course competencies required through research-based projects. In addition to the Master of Science in Education, successful completion of this option will result in teacher certification in the area of K-12 Mild/Moderate Cross-Categorical Special Education (given that all required DESE content assessments are also passed).

Required course work in addition to the core follows.

Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
SPE 715 Foundations in Special Education 3 hrs
SPE 782 Advanced Diagnosis and Remediation of Students with Mild to Moderate Disabilities 4 hrs
SPE 792 Advanced Diagnosis and Remediation of Students with Disabilities Lab 2 hrs
SPE 619 Methods I: Cognitive & Behavioral Methods for Exceptional Students 3 hrs
SPE 621 Methods II: Functional Living Skills & Health Issues 3 hrs
SPE 789 Student Teaching -The Exceptional Child 3 hrs
PSY 703 Human Growth and Development 3 hrs
SPE 617 Direct Instruction in Reading & Language Arts 3 hrs
SPE 787 Advanced Behavioral Analysis & Intervention 3 hrs
SPE 664 Language Development of Exceptional Students 2 hrs
SPE 616 Foundations of Behavioral Analysis and Interventions in Applied Settings 3 hrs
SPE 717 Methods of Teaching Mathematics to Exceptional Individuals 3 hrs
  To Total 45 hours

* Offered via internet or alternative delivery system based on availability.