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 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!
Applicants intending on enrolling in this program must complete the formal application process with all required documents, which include:
Admission Grade Point Average (GPA) Requirements:
Option One – GPA required 3.00 or Higher
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)
Option Three – An earned master’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution
Option Four – GPA below 2.50, Portfolio
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|
|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.