Master of Arts in Special Education

Degree Overview

The Master of Arts in Special Education degree program leads to initial teacher certification in Special Education in the state of Missouri. The focus for certification is mild/moderate cross-categorical disabilities.


Who benefits from this degree?

This degree is sought by those who wish to enhance their knowledge and skills in teaching children and adolescents with exceptional learning needs, to serve as advocates for children and their families, and to work collaboratively with colleagues.


What will the program look like?

The Master of Arts in Special Education is a 75-76 credit-hour degree program that includes coursework leading to Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education certification in Special Education (mild to moderate cross-categorical disabilities) and a Master of Arts degree from the University of Missouri—Kansas City. Following admission to the program, individuals seeking the MA in Special Education meet with an advisor to establish a Program of Study.


Application Requirements

  • Grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or above on a 4-point scale
  • One page statement of interest/purpose
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • Satisfactory completion of the MoGEA

The following link will take you to the UMKC Admissions webpage specific to the School of Education: To apply to UMKC and the Master of Arts in Special Education degree program, follow the steps in the dropdown menu under SPECIAL APPLICATION PROCESSES Master of Arts in Special Education.


UMKC Special Education Program Purpose Statement

The Special Education program at UMKC is framed by a sociocultural perspective. Teacher candidates in Special Education will understand the impact of contextual variables such as race, gender, class and culture on the social construction of disability. The delivery of instruction will take into account the aforementioned variables as well as the need for differentiation and effective collaboration with diverse professionals, families, and communities.