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Special Education

We strive to prepare educators to assist children, youth and adults with disabilities to be academically and socially successful life-long learners. Our faculty are consistently recognized — internationally and across the U.S. — for their individual and collaborative teaching and research excellence. The department's unique mix of faculty expertise areas creates a wide range of opportunities for students and researchers. Special Education hosts or co-hosts several state and federally supported training, demonstration and research projects, including the following three centers that focus on facilitating positive developmental outcomes for children and youth with disabilities:

  • Center for School-Wide Positive Behavioral Supports
  • Center for Adolescent Research in Schools
  • Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders

Degrees Offered

MA in Special Education, with an emphasis area in:

  • General Special Education

MEd in Special Education, with emphasis areas in:

  • Autism
  • Behavior Disorders
  • Combined Early Childhood and Autism
  • Cross Categorical, Certification
  • Early Childhood Special Education
  • Gifted Education
  • Learning Disabilities

EdD or PhD in Special Education, with emphasis areas in:

  • Administration & Supervision
  • Behavior Disorders
  • Early Childhood Special Education
  • General Special Education
  • Learning Disabilities

Contact Information

Special Education
303 Townsend Hall
Columbia, MO 65211
Special Education website