MA, Special Education, Autism
Master of Arts in Special Education, Autism
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 with an emphasis in Autism explores etiologies and characteristics of autism disorders, the neurobiological and cognitive issues people with them experience, and assessment strategies for success.
Program Learning Outcomes
- Autism Spectrum: Implement evidence-based instructional and behavioral strategies to meet the varied needs of students across the autism spectrum.
- 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.
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** Students completing this program will not have met the requirements for the preliminary education specialist credential.
Applicants intending on enrolling in 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 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.
- 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)
||Research and Evaluation Methods
||Leadership and Policy in Special Education
||Program Development and Organization in Special Education
||Advanced Assessment and Program Evaluation in Special Education
||Collaborative and Cooperative Teaching
||Special Education Capstone
Emphasis Area Elective Courses
When applying students must select one emphasis area from the options listed below.
||Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders: Etiologies and Characteristics
||Programming for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders
||Autism Spectrum Disorders: Assessment and Strategies for Success, I
||Autism Spectrum Disorders: Assessment and Strategies for Success, II
|Total Credits (not including prerequisites)
Demonstration of Mastery
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