Special Education: Mild-Moderate Disabilities

The undergraduate programs provided by the Division of Professional Education at Central Methodist University offers a rigorous and comprehensive initial educator preparation program in Mild-Moderate Disabilities. The program reflects the most recent Council for Exceptional Children and State of Missouri professional standards. Please note that courses with the SE discipline code are offered only online.

The standards-based curriculum features

  • a commitment to the preparation of reflective education practitioners to serve in both rural and urban environments;
  • a commitment to a curriculum that is inculcated with a global perspective that values and appreciates the contributions of a multicultural student population;
  • a common core of courses for all Special Education majors;
  • a series of fieldwork experiences that provide opportunities for early application of performance stan­dards concurrent with courses containing related knowledge standards;
  • a series of fieldwork experiences that provide opportunities for early and on-going investigation of the needs and oppor­tunities for teaching in rural and urban environments;
  • a full semester capstone student teaching experience;
  • a performance-based evaluation system.

CMU has a chapter of the Student Missouri State Teachers Association (SMSTA). All students who are interested in a career in education must join a professional organization by their senior year. The Missouri State Teachers Association is the sponsoring organization (advisor: Prof. Barb Thurmon).