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MARE Welcomes MSU - Department of Counseling, Leadership & Special Education as Newest Associate Member

Missouri State University has more educators working in Missouri schools than any other institution.  Since our founding in 1905 as the Fourth District Normal School, our institution's primary purpose was preparing educators for our public school systems.  We currently have graduates teaching in all 114 of Missouri's counties and have more than twice the number of graduates working in rural schools as compared to any other Missouri institution.  Missouri State has a strong commitment to rural schools; our Chancellor of the Missouri State-West Plains campus Dr. Shirley Lawler even serves on the MARE Executive Board.  To serve rural educators, now all of Missouri State's classes in our Educational Administration graduate programs are streamed live so that teachers in every corner of Missouri can take classes from their own classroom or home at half the cost of other institutions.  Because we know rural schools often struggle to find special education teachers, we've also started a new Special Education Alternative Certification Program that allows for provisional certification in special education for candidates who currently hold a Bachelor's degree in another area. In this program a district can actually hire candidates as a K-12 mild-moderate special ed teacher, while the teacher works on certification and a Master's degree.  We are happy to join with the Missouri Association of Rural Education in serving the families and communities of rural Missouri. 


Website https://education.missouristate.edu/clse/

Contact Person For Live Streaming Educational Administration Program: Dr. Kim Finch KimFinch@MissouriState.edu

Contact Person For Alternative Special Education Certification Program: Dr. Paris DePaepe  ParisDePaepe@MissouriState.edu

Twitter:  @MoStateEdLeader

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Jon S. Turner, Ed. D.

Assistant Professor of Ed. Leadership

Missouri State University

Park Central Office Building 133

901 S. National Avenue

Springfield, Missouri 65897

(417) 836-6518