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 Professional Learning Community emphasis allows students to complete courses designed to meet their specific district needs.
It provides a unique model of learning by taking a "cafeteria" approach to identifying electives results are customized to meet the needs of specific groups of learners, intended to maximize every student's educational development by providing quality content where needed and reduce redundancy. Students must be actively enrolled in a California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) approved School District or County Office of Education's Education Specialist program.
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.
Core Course (3 credits)
|EDUU 600*||Research and Evaluation Methods||3|
*EDUU 600 is a prerequisite for all other core courses and candidates are advised to follow this structure.
Electives (12-27 credits)
|Electives must be 500 or 600 level courses selected from graduate courses currently available to Brandman University education graduate students in any program, provided the courses help the Community to reach its learning goals. A minimum of 50% of the course credits (15 credits) must be in special education. In the event that the Community determines it needs to have a new course developed to meet its specific Learning Community goals, the education faculty of Brandman University will work with the group to develop such a course or courses. It is understood that such courses must first be approved by the appropriate faculty/administrator prior to being used in the degree. In addition, the proposed electives along with a rationale for choosing those electives must be submitted to the faculty/administrator for approval as meeting the intent of the Professional Learning Community emphasis.|
Candidates must progress through the program as a cohort, completing their coursework and demonstration of mastery at approximately the same time as their peers.