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. Option one is geared toward students that hold a valid teaching credential or who complete education and special education prerequisites. Students must select from one of the following emphasis areas for degree completion:
The alternative Option two for completing the degree is intended for students that currently hold a Preliminary Education Specialist (Level I) Credential and need to advance to the next level. The 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.
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)
Select from the emphasis areas described below. At least 12 credits must come from one Emphasis area. Students may select courses from other emphasis areas or transfer in appropriate courses to meet the credit requirement.
Brandman University awards 6 semester credits towards Advanced electives for successful completion of an Education Specialist Clear Induction Program. The Education Specialist Clear Induction program must be completed prior to the student being awarded these 6 units, and will be evaluated for credit hour compliance. If students use these 6 units of block transfer, they will be allowed 6 additional units of transfer for the entire program.
Students admitting into Option 1 must select one emphasis area when applying. The remaining advanced electives credits must be decided upon with an advisor and communicated to the Teacher Accreditation Department so the credits can be added to the student’s official program.