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Northwest Missouri State University


Master of Science in Education

Special Education

A graduate degree is offered in Special Education with a focus on working with students with mild to moderate disabilities. These disabilities include students in multicategorical areas of learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities, emotional/behavioral disorders, and physical and other health impaired. The subject field required courses and many of the elective courses are offered as on-line courses on a frequent, if not annual, basis.

If the candidate enters the masters program with special education certification, the master's degree can be completed by taking 32 credit hours, 6 hours of core requirements, 18 hours of subject field requirement, and 8 hours of electives. Since special education certification is required to complete the degree, if the certification courses need to be taken as part of the master's degree, the 8 hours of electives can be used as part of the certification requirements. But additional coursework of 8-14 hours (for a total of 40-46 credit hours) may be required to complete both certification requirements and the Master's in Special Education.

Special Education is a very marketable field right now and qualified special education teachers are in high demand in many school districts. A Master's degree in Special Education will not only help secure employment as special educators but also enhance the professional development of general educators and pave the road toward general and special education administration careers.

Admission Requirements

  • Minimum 2.75 GPA on undergraduate transcript
  • Submit valid teaching certificate (or statement of deficiencies)
  • Minimum combined score of 700 on the verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE
  • Score of 3.5 or above on writing section of GRE, or successful completion (at a level of 4 or above on the CUNY scale) of a supervised writing assessment by the department
  • Complete Approved Program Form with advisor

Department Contact

Mrs. Shantel Farnan
Instructor; Coordinator of Special Education
Department of Professional Education
Northwest Missouri State University
800 University Drive
Maryville, MO 64468-6001
Phone: 660.562.1450
Email: sfarnan@nwmissouri.edu

Core Requirements (may be taken at any time in program)

61-695 Philosophy of Education OR
    61-649 Issues in Education 3
61-682 Methods of Education Research 2
61-683 Research Paper 1
Total 6
Subject Field Requirements
*62-522 Technology for Teaching and Learning 3
*62-635 Techniques of Conferencing and Collaboration 3
*62-642 Intro to Tchg. Students: Mild to Moderate Dis 3
*62-643 Tchg. Students with Mild to Moderate Disabilities 3
*62-621 Administration of Special Education 3
*62-699 Seminar: Selected Topics in Special Education 3
Total 18
Electives 8
(See advisor for certification requirements and approved electives.)
Certification Electives
*62-508 Transition/Career Education 2
62-540 Behavior Management Techniques 3
*62-553 Reading Program in the Secondary School 3
*62-574 Teaching Math to Students with Disabilities 2
62-652 Psycho-Education Measurement 3
62-654 Analysis and Correction of Reading Disabilities 3
62-655 Reading in the Elementary School 3
62-666 Pract. in Mild to Moderate Disabilities: Elementary 3
62-667 Pract. in Mild to Moderate Disabilities: Secondary 3
*62-641 Educating the Exceptional Student 3
29-553 Language, Speech, & Hearing of Exceptional Child 3
Approved Electives
*62-504 Creating Inclusive Classrooms 3
62-542 Curriculum & Materials in Early Childhood Spcl. Edu. 3
62-544 Practicum: Early Childhood Special Education 3
61-655 School Law 3
62-622 Internship in Special Education Administration 3
08-633 Individual Intelligence Testing 3
62-675 Tchg. Students with Behavior Disorders 3
Program Total 32
* Courses frequently available online

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