MA in Special Education, Advanced Methodology

Master of Arts in Special Education, Advanced Methodology

This degree program prepares special education teachers with the advanced knowledge for behavioral and academic data collection and analysis, instructional methods, and transition services for students with mild/moderate/severe disabilities.

Program Overview

The Master of Arts in Special Education, Advanced Methodology prepares you to be a positive change agent as a special education instructor. Using the core curriculum aligned with the Council for Exceptional Children’s Advanced Content Standards, you will learn advanced assessment and instructional strategies for addressing the varied needs of all children. 

As a student, you will:

  •  Use data-based strategies to meet the individual needs of students with disabilities.
  • Advocate for policy and curriculum development by using special education history, pedagogy and new research.
  • Apply content and professional knowledge to enhance instructional programs and curricula.
  • 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.

Admission Requirements

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

  • Satisfactorily fulfill graduate admission requirements for Brandman University as stated in the catalog (see the Graduate Admissions section) including meeting the grade point average for a graduate program.
  • Two letters of recommendation on official letterhead written by individuals who are familiar with the candidate in an academic setting and who have knowledge of the candidate’s ability to successfully complete graduate courses. The letters cannot be older than two years from the date of application.
  • A current valid Special Education Teaching Credential or take and complete the prerequisite course EDUU 511.

Admission Grade Point Average (GPA) Requirements:

Option One – GPA required 3.00 or Higher

  • A 3.0 grade point average (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. All credits used for GPA calculation must be from a regionally accredited institution.

Option Two – A GPA between 2.50 and 2.99
calculated in the last 30 graded semester credits (45 quarter credits) in either a baccalaureate or post baccalaureate program including credits earned toward a credential are required to submit passing scores from one of the following standard admission tests:

  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE): any two of the three GRE scores (Verbal, Quantitative or Analytical Writing) may be used to meet graduate admissions standards for this program. The minimum acceptable score for the Verbal and Quantitative sections is 450. The minimum acceptable score for the Analytic Writing is 4.5.
  • Miller Analogies Test (MAT): achieve a minimum scaled score of 403.

Option Three – An earned master’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution

Option Four – GPA below 2.50, Portfolio

  •   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.

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 Elective Courses
Students must complete all courses under the chosen emphasis.

EDUU 638 Advanced Assessment and Instructional Strategies for Persons with Mild/Moderate Disabilities 3
EDUU 650 Transitions Across the Life Span 3
EDUU 660 Seminar on Instructional Support for Persons with Moderate/Severe Disabilities 3
CSPU 639 Advanced Positive Behavior Supports 3
Total Credits (not including prerequisites) 12

6 units can be waived with the completion of an Education Specialist Clear Induction Program. Speak with your advisor about this option.

Demonstration of Mastery

Candidates  for  the  Master  of  Arts  in  Special  Education  degree  with  an  emphasis  in  Advanced

Methodology must successfully complete a research project in EDUU 633 with a grade of “B” or better.


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