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Special Education Teaching Degree Programs in St. Louis, MO

There are five schools within a 25-mile radius of St. Louis, MO, that offer special education teaching degree programs. Learn about these programs, and get admission and program requirements for three of these schools, none more than 15 miles from downtown, and make an informed education decision.

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St. Louis Schools with Special Education Teaching Degree Programs

Several colleges in the St. Louis area offer undergraduate and graduate degree programs in special education. This article looks at three schools, all 20 minutes or less from downtown St. Louis, and the programs they provide. It also includes information about these institutions, such as tuition, enrollment, graduation rate and the acceptance rate for applicants. This is arranged in a table so prospective students can easily compare the schools. Following this is a brief paragraph about a few more nearby schools with relevant degree programs.

  • The University of Missouri - St. Louis, approximately 11 miles from downtown St. Louis, offers a bachelor's degree program and a master's degree program in special education.
  • About 10 miles from the center of St. Louis, Webster University offers one bachelor's degree program and two master's degree programs for aspiring special education teachers.
  • St. Louis University, around five miles from downtown, offers a bachelor's degree program in special education and a master's degree program in the field.

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Comparison of Schools

The following table contains information that a prospective student should consider when selecting a college.

University of Missouri - St. Louis Webster University St. Louis University
School Type 4-year, public* 4-year, private, not-for-profit* 4-year, private, not-for-profit*
Total Enrollment (2015 17,072* 16,769* 17,052*
Campus Setting Large suburb* Large suburb* Large city*
Tuition and Fees 2015-2016 $9,394 for in state and $23,812 for out-of-state undergraduate students. $10,459 for in state and $25,176 for out-of-state graduate students * $25,500 for undergraduate students and $12,300 for graduate students * $39,226 for undergraduate and $18,900 for graduate students*
Percent of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2014) 94%* 97%* 93%*
Acceptance Rate (2014) 76%* 72%* 61%*
Retention Rate (2014) 79% for full-time students* 77% for full-time students* 88% for full-time students*
Graduation Rate (2014) 42%* 64%* 72%*

Source: *College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics.

University of Missouri - St. Louis

This university's special education programs are offered through its College of Education and are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Bachelor of Science in Education with a Focus on Special Education

This 4-year program provides instruction about teaching students suffering from cross categorical, mild to moderate disabilities. Classes in the program cover topics like literary assessments and reading for students with special needs, speech language of the exceptional child, instructional methods and the psychology of the exceptional child. Students also complete an internship and student teaching experience prior to graduation.

Master of Education in Special Education

Students in this program can focus on cross categorical disabilities, autism and developmental disabilities or early childhood special education. Courses in the major include the law and special education, consultations in schools and classrooms and behavior management. Other classes include reading instruction and intervention in special education, diagnosing developmental delays, characteristics and education of students with learning disabilities and curriculum in early childhood special education. Students must complete research and a capstone course prior to graduation.

Webster University

This university's School of Education is approved by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the International Reading Association. The school's programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Bachelor of Arts in Education With an Emphasis in Special Education

This program prepares students to receive certification as special education teachers for kindergarten through grade 12. Required courses cover subjects such as the education of students with exceptionalities, child psychology and adolescent development. The curriculum also includes a teaching practicum and apprentice teaching experience.

Master of Arts in Special Education

Classes in this 33-credit-hour program cover topics such as global issues in special education, cognitive development, assessing learning problems and advocating for persons with disabilities. Students must also complete research and write a thesis prior to graduation.

Master of Arts in Teaching in Special Education

This 40-credit-hour program covers methods for teaching students with mild/moderate disabilities, cognitive development and language development for exceptional students. The curriculum also includes a practicum and apprentice teaching experience.

St. Louis University

St. Louis University's degree programs in special education are offered through its College of Education and Public Service.

Bachelor of Arts in Education

This program prepares students to obtain teaching certification and is available with a focus either in early childhood special education or in elementary education for students with mild/moderate disabilities. Classes in the former program cover speech and language development, cultural diversity in the classroom and instructional technology, while those in the latter program include methods for teaching students with mild/moderate disabilities, literary assessments and classroom organization. Both programs include a practicum.

Master of Arts in Special Education

Students in this 32-credit-hour program must concentrate their studies in behavior disorders, learning disabilities, mentally handicapped conditions or early childhood special education. Classes in the program cover topics like medical implications in special education and the fundamentals of neurology.

Other School Options

Located approximately eight miles from downtown St. Louis, Fontbonne University offers a bachelor's degree program with a major in special education. Lindenwood University, situated about 27 miles from the center of St. Louis, offers bachelor's degree programs in education with focuses in early childhood special education or mild/moderate cross categorical special education for kindergarten through grade 12.

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