MA in Special Education, Early Childhood Special Education

This degree program provides students with advanced knowledge related to best practices for teaching strategies and assessments for infants and toddlers with disabilities.

Program Overview

The Master of Arts in Special Education, Early Childhood explores the historical, philosophical and legal foundation of early intervention, the range of services available for infants and toddlers with disabilities and for their families, best practices for assessment, and appropriate intervention strategies. Program curriculum aligns with the Council for Exceptional Children's Advanced Content Standards.

As a student, you will:

  • Advocate for policy and curriculum development by understanding the history of early intervention and best practices in early intervention teach strategies and assessment.
  • Evaluate current best practices for instruction and assessment using evidence-based educational research.
  • Evaluate and analyze student achievement and program effectiveness utilizing nonbiased instruments and knowledge of research-based practices.
  • Participate in and provide opportunities for professional development that support children with special needs, their families, schools and communities.
  • Implement culturally responsive and collaborative consultation to students to enhance the opportunities for those with exceptional learning needs.
       

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Next Session

Jan 08, 2018

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Ways to Learn

Hybrid

(on-campus/online)

Online

Available Campuses

Antelope Valley Campus
39115 Trade Center Drive, Suite 203, Palmdale, CA 93551
Fairfield Campus
4820 Business Center Drive, Suite 100, Fairfield, CA 94534
Lacey Campus
1445 Galaxy Drive NE, Suite 201, Lacey, WA 98516
Modesto Campus
5222 Pirrone Court, Salida, CA 95368
Monterey Campus
99 Pacific Street, Suite 375-B, Monterey, CA 93940
Fully Online
Working adults prefer the flexible format that allows them study any time of day.
Palm Desert Campus
75-105 Merle Dr, Suite 800, Bldg. B, Palm Desert, CA 92211
Riverside Campus
3550 Vine Street, Suite 200, Riverside, CA 92507
Roseville Campus
400 Sunrise Avenue, Suite 200, Roseville, CA 95661
San Diego Campus
7460 Mission Valley Road, San Diego, CA 92108
Santa Maria Campus
1300 E. Cypress Street, Building A-1, Santa Maria, CA 93454
Visalia Campus
649 South County Center Drive, Visalia, CA 93277
Victorville Campus
13911 Park Avenue, Suite 100, Victorville, CA 92392
Walnut Creek Campus
2950 Buskirk Avenue, Suite 200, Walnut Creek, CA 94597
Yuba City Campus
3301 East Onstott Road, Yuba City, CA 95991
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Brandman has taught me a lot about teaching to different levels of students.
Dawn P. | MA, Special Education,
There are definite financial advantages to getting a master’s degree. You have the ability to max out on the pay scale. Initially, this was a motivator for me, but once I got into my master’s program and saw how I could apply what I was learning in my classroom, it wasn’t about the money so much anymore.
Steve L. | MAE, Teaching, 2017

Admissions Requirements

Applicants for this program must complete the formal application process with all required documents, which include:

  • Completed application
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • GPA: Meet 1 of these 4 GPA options for admission
  • Hold a current special education teaching credential or take EDUU 511 Collaboration For Inclusive Schooling
  • Official transcripts from all regionally accredited institutions where baccalaureate and/or post-baccalaureate coursework was completed or attempted
Transcripts

Only credits from regionally accredited institutions may be accepted in transfer. Failure to report any previous academic work at another college or university may be considered a violation of academic integrity.

Letters of recommendation
  • Cannot be older than two years from the date of application
  • Must be on official letterhead
  • Must be written by individuals familiar with the candidate in an academic setting with knowledge of the candidate’s ability to successfully complete graduate courses
  • Must address the candidate’s fit for the program

Program Curriculum

  • 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 Collaboration in Special Education

    3

    EDUU 633 Special Education Capstone

    3

    Emphasis Area Elective Courses

    12-18

    When applying, students must select one emphasis area from the options below.

     

    Total Credits

    30-36

  • Candidates who complete this emphasis area and have an appropriate credential may be eligible to be recommended for the authorization prior to the completion of their degree, if the additional elective of EDUU 670 Field Experience in Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education is taken. See an advisor for more information.

    EDUU 665 Historical, Phil, and Legal Foundations of Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education

    3

    EDUU 666 Family Guided Practices in Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education

    3

    EDUU 667 Assessment in Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education

    3

    EDUU 668 Curriculum and Intervention in Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education

    3

    EDUU 669 Consultation and Advanced Strategies in Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education

    3

    Optional elective:

     

    EDUU 670 Field Experience in Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education

    0-3

    Total Credits

    15-18

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