MA in Special Education with Emphasis in Teaching and Learning

Masters in Special Education with Emphasis in Teaching and Learning

This degree program prepares teachers looking to be special education instructors that can advocate for social justice and protect the dignity of those with disabilities. Graduates will still be required to complete courses for the preliminary education specialist credential. 

Program Overview

The Master of Arts in Special Education with an emphasis in Teaching and Learning provides you with advanced knowledge based on the Council for Exceptional Children’s Advanced Content Standards to address educational learning needs and improve teaching strategies to enhance student performance.   

As a student, you will:

  • Use data based strategies to meet the individual needs of students with disabilities. 
  • Implement evidence-based instructional and behavioral strategies to meet the varied needs of students across the autism spectrum. 
  • Apply ECSE best practice in all aspects of service coordination and delivery. 
  • Design behavior intervention which targets and defines a socially significant behavior, creates data collection tools, implements behavior change procedures and evaluates progress.
  • Apply pedagogical concepts in educational settings to meet the diverse needs of students with disabilities.

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.

  • Applicants to the MASE/Teaching and Learning emphasis must hold a valid California Education Specialist Clear Induction Teaching Credential earned through a California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) approved Induction Program - OR - have one year of induction completed. If applicant has one year of induction completed, a letter signed by the applicant’s Induction coordinator or Director of HR is required on District letterhead indicating the one year of completion. 

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 Block Transfer (12 credits)

Brandman University awards a block of 12 semester credits for successful completion of an Education Specialist Clear Induction Credential Program. Please see an advisor for more details.

Total Credits 30
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