The Special Education program prepares you to work with mild to moderately disabled children in a self-contained or resource classroom. You will learn child development, differentiated learning, behavior intervention strategies, working with families and community resources, and strategies to teach students with learning deficits.

The Department of Education faculty is committed to the professional preparation of teachers for employment in special education programs. The goals are to prepare teachers who are:

  • Classroom leaders, professionally prepared to accept responsibility for student learning
  • Highly knowledgeable in their cognitive areas
  • Skilled in the techniques and methods of teaching across a diverse student population
  • Practiced in the application of six domains of positive teacher dispositions

The Professional Semester – Special Education
A student enrolled in Cross Categorical Disabilities Student Teaching will assume the daily teaching schedule of the cooperating teacher. Cross Categorical Disabilities Student Teaching (EDU 427 Cross Categorical Disabilities Student Teaching) is to be taken during the student’s senior year. Seminar in Elementary Education & Human Relations (EDU 403 Seminar in Elementary Education and Human Relations) is to be taken concurrently with Cross Categorical Disabilities Student Teaching. A passing score on the appropriate Content Area Assessment is required before enrollment in EDU 403 Seminar in Elementary Education and Human Relations and EDU 427 Cross Categorical Disabilities Student Teaching.

Course work during the professional education semester is usually limited to EDU 403 Seminar in Elementary Education and Human Relations and EDU 427 Cross Categorical Disabilities Student Teaching. Petition for any additional course work must be submitted to the Education Department in the semester prior to Student Teaching.

All of Missouri Western’s teacher education programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and by the Missouri State Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

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Major Requirements
EDU 150Psychological Development for Children & Adolescents for Educators3
EDU 202Introduction to Education3
EDU 203Participation in Teaching I1
EDU 225Educational Psychology3
EDU 308Multicultural Education3
EDU 315Psychology and Education of the Exceptional Child3
EDU 325Introduction to Reading and Language Arts Methods5
EDU 330Science Methods for Elementary Teachers3
EDU 340Social Studies Methods for the Elementary and Middle School Teacher2
EDU 342Evaluation of Abilities and Achievement2
EDU 348Language Development for Educators3
EDU 351Mathematics Methods for Early Childhood and Elementary Educators3
EDU 352Introduction to Cross-Categorical Disabilities3
EDU 355Teaching Students with Deficits in Mathematics3
EDU 360Assessing and Individualizing Reading3
EDU 370Behavior Management3
EDU 375Teaching Reading in the Elementary School3
EDU 403Seminar in Elementary Education and Human Relations3
EDU 411Methods of Teaching the Student with Cross-Categorical Disabilities3
EDU 426Experience Teaching Cross-Categorical Disabilities2
EDU 427Cross Categorical Disabilities Student Teaching9
EDU 430Teaching Students with Reading Deficits3
EDU 473Preparing Students and Families for Transitions and Careers3
EDU 474Collaborating with Families and School Personnel for Inclusion3
ENG 403Literature for Children3

 NOTE: In addition to the above major coursework, students may be required to take an Orientation Workshop, EDU 110. Also, upon Education Department determination, some students will be required to enroll in EDU 200 for state certification requirements.

Program Graduation Requirements

  1. Earn a grade of C or higher in all major and concentration coursework.
  2. Earn an overall GPA of at least 2.75, a major GPA of 3.0 and a minimum 3.0 GPA in Education coursework.

University Graduation Requirements 

  1. Earn a minimum of 120 credit hours (100 level and higher, maximum of 6 CED credit hours applicable).
  2. Earn a minimum of 30 credit hours in upper-division courses.  Lower-division transfer courses accepted as meeting upper-division departmental course requirements cannot be used to fulfill this requirement.
  3. Earn 30 of the last 45 credit hours at MWSU in institutional coursework (exclusive of credit by examination).
  4. Participate in required departmental and campus wide assessments. 
  5. Fulfill the Missouri Constitution requirement.
  6. Successfully pass the Missouri Higher Education Civics Achievement exam. 

Are you ready to declare this major? Download, sign and submit the form(s) to the Education Department.

Mapping your degree plan is important. Consult with your academic advisor to create a plan and monitor it regularly.