MA, Special Education, Early Childhood

Master of Arts in Special Education, Early Childhood

Brandman University’s Master of Arts in Special Education program provides you with advanced knowledge based on top industry standards to address educational learning challenges and improve teaching strategies that enhance student performance. The emphasis in Early Childhood explores the historical, philosophical and legal foundation of early intervention, the range of services available to young people with disabilities and their families, assessment practices and more. Program curriculum aligns with the Council for Exceptional Children's Advanced Content Standards.

Program Learning Outcomes

Program Development & 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.

  • Leadership and Policy: advocate for policy and curriculum development by utilizing the breadth and depth of special education history, pedagogy, and latest research.

  • Research & 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 best 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 the community.

  • Collaboration: implement culturally responsive collaborative and consultation structures to enhance the opportunities for students with exceptional learning needs.

The MA in Special Education programs have received national (NCATE/CAEP) professional accreditation which allows for greater portability of your degree. Call an Enrollment Coach today to learn how to get started!


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 courses (18 credits)
When applying, students must complete all courses under the chosen emphasis.

EDUU 665 Historical, Philosophical, and Legal Foundations of Early Childhood Special Education 3
EDUU 666 Family Guided Practices in Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education 3
EDUU 667 Assessment in Early Interventions 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 3
Total Credits (not including prerequisites) 36

 

Demonstration of Mastery
Candidates must successfully complete an action research project in EDUU 633.

 

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