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Rita Barger, Ph.D.
Interim Chair – Graduate Programs
Associate Professor, Mathematics Education
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The Special Education program is framed by a sociocultural perspective. Become a teacher skilled and sensitive to the realities of how disabilities intersect with race, gender, socioeconomic status and culture in the classroom.

Master of Arts in Special Education

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

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What will the program look like?

The Master of Arts in Special Education is a 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 UMKC. Following admission to the program, individuals seeking the MA in Special Education meet with an advisor to establish a Program of Study.

Who benefits from this degree?

This degree will enhance the candidate’s knowledge and skills in educating children and adolescents with exceptional learning needs, help candidates serve as advocates for children and their families, and to work collaboratively with colleagues.

Application Requirements

  1. Grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or above on a 4-point scale
  2. One page statement of interest/purpose
  3. 2 letters of recommendation
  4. Satisfactory completion of the MoGEA