Special education teachers are an exceptional group of educators that serve as advocates for social justice and seek to uphold the dignity of all people including those with disabilities. The Master of Arts in Special Education degree provides you with advanced knowledge to address educational learning problems and improve teaching strategies to enhance student performance. The Content Strategies emphasis area explores teaching a wide range of topics including English literacy, history, social science, visual performing arts, math and science. It is part of option I for completing the program and is geared toward students that hold a valid teaching credential or that complete education and special education prerequisites. In addition to Content Strategies alternative emphasis areas include:
The alternative option II for completing the degree is available for students that currently hold a Preliminary Education Specialist (Level I) Credential and need to advance to the next level. The MA in Special Education program does not meet the preliminary credential requirements for you to teach in California public schools.
Applicants must complete the formal application process and all required documents, which include:
You must satisfactorily fulfilling one of the following admission options:
A 3.0 GPA calculated over the most recent 30 graded semester (45 quarter) credits completed in either a baccalaureate or post baccalaureate program, including credits earned toward a credential.
A GPA between 2.5 and 2.99 (MAE/MAT requires 2.75-2.99) calculated over the most recent graded 30 semester (45 quarter) credits completed in either a baccalaureate or post baccalaureate program, including credits earned toward a credential. In addition, a satisfactory score on an accepted graduate admissions exam (GRE, GMAT, CSET, or MAT).
An earned master's degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution.
A GPA below 2.5, submission of a portfolio of evidence that shows adequate preparation for graduate studies. The portfolio will contain: writing samples that show graduate level communications and analytical skills; a detailed resume showing professional development and achievements; awards; professional recognition; letters of reference from persons who can attest to the applicant’s ability to do graduate level work; and a letter of explanation detailing the reasons the student believes he or she is a good candidate for graduate study in the discipline requested.
Prerequisites:Candidate must hold a valid Education Specialist Credential or successfully complete the following prerequisite courses.
|PSYU 323||Child Development (3) or PSYU 324-Adolescence||3|
|EDUU 510||Introduction to Teaching or a valid teaching credential||3|
|EDUU 511||Collaboration for Inclusive Schooling||3|
|EDUU 602||Positive Behavior Supports||3|
|EDUU 649||Data-based Decision Making in Special Education or EDUU 655 Individualized Education Plan Development and Special Education Law||3|
Core Courses (9 credits)
|EDUU 519||Teaching Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities||3|
|or EDUU 560||Teaching Students with Moderate/Severe Disabilities||3|
|EDUU 600||Research and Evaluation Methods||3|
|EDUU 661||Collaborative and Cooperative Teaching||3|
Advanced Electives (24 credits)
Students admitting into MA Special Education with an emphasis of Content Strategies must be decided with an advisor and communicated to the Teacher Accreditation Department so the credits can be added to the students's official program.
Content Strategies: EDMU 520, EDMU 521, EDMU 523, EDMU 524, EDMU 525, EDSU 530, EDSU 531, EDSU 532, EDSU 533, EDSU 534 OR any appropriate graduate level course in general education as approved by a special education faculty or associate dean