MA, Special Education, Advanced Methodology

Master of Arts in Special Education, Advanced Methodology

Special education teachers work as positive change agents who are driven to pursue appropriate knowledge and opportunities for students with special needs. The Master of Arts in Special Education with an emphasis in advanced methodology explores advanced assessment and instructional strategies for persons all students with mild/moderate disabilities, transitions across their life spans, and the foundations of leadership in early childhood settingsadvanced methods for addressing behavior data collection, analysis, and intervention. Program Our core courses curriculum aligns with the Council for Exceptional Children's Advanced Content Standards.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Advanced Methodology: Utilize data based strategies to meet the individual needs of students with disabilities.
  • Leadership and Policy: Advocate for policy and curriculum development by utilizing the breadth and depth of special education history, pedagogy, and latest research.
  • Program Development and Organization: Apply and expand content and professional knowledge to enhance instructional programs and curricula through evidence-based and innovative practices that reflect the needs of diverse populations.
  • Research and Inquiry: Evaluate current research studies and methodologies using evidence-based educational research to improve curricula, instruction, or interventions.
  • Student and Program Evaluation: Evaluate and analyze student achievement and program effectiveness utilizing nonbiased instruments and knowledge of research-based practices.
  • Professional Development and Ethical Practice: Exemplify professional, legal, and ethical behavior by participating in and providing opportunities for professional development that best support children with special needs, their families, schools and communities.
  • Collaboration: Implement culturally responsive collaborative and consultation students to enhance the opportunities for students with exceptional learning needs.

The MA in Special Education programs at Brandman are accredited by NCATE, the standard of excellence in teacher preparation.  Get started today by calling an Enrollment Coach at (800) 746-0082.

* This program is not available to residents of all states. Please contact a University Enrollment Coach for details.
** Students completing this program will not have met the requirements for the preliminary education specialist credential.

Admission Requirements

Applicants intending on enrolling in this program must complete the formal application process with all required documents, which include:

  1. 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.
  2. Two letters of recommendation are required.  These letters must be on official letterhead; must be 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; and, must address the candidate’s fit for the program. The letters cannot be older than two years from the date of application.
  3. Possess 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 (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)

  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE): achieve the required minimum scores on two out of three of the subsections of the GRE. (Minimum score for Quantitative: 141, minimum score for Verbal: 150, minimum score for Analytic Writing: 4.5)
  • Miller Analogies Test (MAT): achieve a minimum scaled score of 400.
  • Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT): fulfill the formula GMAT + (GPA X 200) > 1000.
  • Subject Matter Competency Examinations: successfully complete all subtests of the appropriate California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET). Exceptions are Foundational Level General Math where only subtests I and II are required and Foundational Level General Science where only subtests I and II are required.

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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