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 with an emphasis in Early Childhood explores the historical, philosophical and legal foundation of early intervention, the range of services available to young people with disabilities and their families, assessment practices and more. Program curriculum aligns with the Council for Exceptional Children's Advanced Content Standards. It is possible to complete the degree with more than one emphasis, additional or alternative options include:
Students completing this program will not have met the requirements for the preliminary education specialist credential.
Applicants intending on enrolling in this program, whether online or on campus, must be California residents and and must complete the formal application process with all required documents, which include:
Admission Grade Point Average (GPA) Requirements:
Option One – GPA required 3.00 or Higher
Option Two – A GPA between 2.50 and 2.99 (MAE/MAT requires 2.75 – 2.99)
calculated over the most recent graded 30 semester (45 quarter) credits in either a baccalaureate or post baccalaureate program, including credits earned toward a credential. All credits used for GPA calculation must be from a regionally accredited institution. In addition, a satisfactory score on an accepted graduate admissions exam such as GRE, GMAT, CSET or MAT (consult program for acceptable tests and scores)
Option Three – An earned master’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution
Option Four – GPA below 2.50, Portfolio
Core Courses (18 credits)
|EDUU 600||Research and Evaluation Methods||3|
|EDUU 630||Leadership and Policy in Special Education||3|
|EDUU 631||Program Development and Organization in Special Education||3|
|EDUU 632||Advanced Assessment and Program Evaluation in Special Education||3|
|EDUU 661||Collaborative and Cooperative Teaching||3|
|EDUU 633||Special Education Capstone||3|
Emphasis Area courses (18 credits)
When applying, students must complete all courses under the chosen emphasis.
|Early Childhood Special Education:||EDUU 665, EDUU 666, EDUU 667, EDUU 668, EDUU 669, EDUU 670|
|Total Credits (not including prerequisites)||36|
Demonstration of Mastery
Candidates must successfully complete an action research project in EDUU 633.