MSEd–Early Childhood Special Education Degree Plan: Special Education Majors

All candidates must pass the Missouri Content Assessment for Early Childhood Special Education to be certified.

Before enrolling in a course that counts for both undergraduate and graduate credit and to count a course toward a master’s degree, an early childhood or special education undergraduate student must:

  • Be accepted into the MSEd in Early Childhood Special Education Accelerated Master’s program
  • Receive prior approval from the graduate director, the department head of childhood education & family studies, and the dean of the Graduate College. This is done by using a mixed credit form.
  • Gain acceptance into the program and complete all approvals prior to the end of the change of schedule period for the course(s).

A student will be fully admitted to the Graduate College upon completion of the requirements for the baccalaureate degree, provided the student meets all other requirements for admission to the graduate college.

Acceptance into the program and all approvals must be completed prior to the end of the change of schedule period for the course(s).

Sample degree plan

The following is a sample degree plan. Students should find out the course rotation before scheduling classes.

The following degree plan is based on the general education program instituted in fall 2014. For the previous general education requirements, please access these Student Transition Resources.

Fifth semester (fall)

Total hours18
SPE 618 Application of Applied Behavior Analysis and Interventions in Applied Settings 3
SPE 525 Introduction to Teaching and Assessing Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders 3
SPE 517 Direct Instruction in Reading and Language Arts 3
SPE 450 Methods of Teaching Mathematics to Exceptional Individuals 3
GEC 116 (Public Affairs, Public Issue) 3
ENG 334 Literature for Children 3

Sixth semester (spring)

Total hours17
SPE 519 Methods I: Cognitive and Behavioral Teaching Approaches for Exceptional Learners 3
SPE 521 Methods II: Functional Living Skills and Health Issues 3
RDG 420 Methods of Assessing and Personalizing Reading and Writing 3
RDG 421 Practicum-Methods of Assessing and Personalizing Reading and Writing 2
SPE 782 Advanced Diagnosis and Remediation of Students with Mild to Moderate Disabilities 4
SPE 792 Advanced Diagnosis and Remediation of Students with Disabilities Lab 2

Seventh semester (fall)

Total hours19
SPE 497 Practicum: K-12 Cross-Categorical Special Education 4
SPE 550 Career/Vocational Education and Transition 3
SPE 560 Working with Families of Exceptional Individuals 3
SPE 779 Application of Technology in Special Education 3
SPE 584 Language Development of Exceptional Students 2
CFD 110 Health, Safety and Nutrition 3

Eighth semester (spring)

Total hours12
SPE 495 Supervised Teaching-Special Education 9
SPE 496 Seminar: Supervised Teaching-Special Education 3

Ninth semester (fall)

Total hours12
CFD 705 Growth and Development: Infancy through Early Childhood 3
ECE 725 Inquiry in Early Childhood and Family Development 3
CFD 663 Administration of Programs for Children and Families 3
SPE 623 Curriculum and Methods in Early Childhood Special Education 3

Tenth semester (spring)

Total hours11
ECE 731 Advanced Curriculum Development for Early Childhood Programs 3
SFR 780 Educational Research Methodology 3
ECE 675 Working with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Children and Families in Early Childhood 3
ECE 771 Proposal Development 1
SPE 671 Clinical Practicum in Special Education 1-3

Eleventh semester (summer)

Total hours3
ECE 762 Seminar in Early Childhood and Family Development 3

The following courses count towards both undergraduate and graduate requirements:

  • SPE 618
  • SPE 782
  • SPE 792
  • SPE 779