Master of Arts in Education

MAE: Specialty Area Requirements for Special Education

The Special Education Program has a direct admission policy for Truman undergraduates who meet the following gateways:

  • Have an academic plan on file with Education Certification Analyst/Advisor.
  • Complete ED 393 Clinical Experiences in Teaching with a grade of B or higher and ED 394 Experience in Classroom Teaching with a P.
  • Complete a strong liberal arts and sciences baccalaureate degree with at least 2.75 cumulative undergraduate GPA (3.0 preferred) prior to taking SED 608/610G Management of Instruction Elementary/Secondary.
  • Complete direct admit form by following the links below:
    • Log in to TruView
    • Under the Tools > Student, go to Courses and Grades Tool
    • Click on Apply to a Graduate Program Menu
    • Select the Direct Admit Link for Special Education

Interviews for any applicant may take place at the discretion of the elementary faculty to provide clarification on any of the required qualifications. Furthermore, students who did not earn undergraduate degrees at Truman will have the additional criteria of:

  • Faculty review of transcripts to ensure compliance with the proposed gateways in conjunction with the Education Certification Analyst/Advisor and the Office of the Registrar
  • Interview with the faculty prior to enrollment in SED 608/610G Management of Instruction Elementary/Secondary to ascertain if you are ready for the rigors of the program and that you have both the desire and the foundational knowledge to be successful special education teachers.

Special Education Faculty

GPA Sheet—Special Education

Please see your Special Education advisor (Dr. Marty Strange or Beverly Peters) each semester to ensure smooth processing through the program.

Students seeking certification to teach in Missouri must have a 3.0 GPA or higher in their content area and professional classes (mostly education classes). The GPA sheet was created to help students keep track of the two GPA calculations and aid with advisement and enrollment. If students have any questions about their GPA, they should meet with their specialty area advisor.

Download GPA Sheet (Excel file)