Oct 28, 2021
Special Education, M.S. Program
The Master of Science in Special Education, with either a Concentration in Mild/Moderate Disabilities or Moderate/Severe Disabilities, is offered as a stand-alone degree program or completed with the Education Specialist teaching credential in Mild/Moderate Disabilities or Moderate/Severe Disabilities. The two-year, 4-semester master’s degree program overlaps significantly with the Education Specialist credentials. The Master of Science in Special Education recognizes that all candidates should be grounded in research and to know its direct applicability to the populations of individuals with disabilities. Evidence-based practices for diverse learners in inclusive school and community settings are the backbone of the program to ensure that all individuals may have access to, participate within, and learn across all environments. The master’s degree develops and facilitates both teacher leadership among its graduates and related leadership roles in the field.
The Master of Science in Special Education prepares graduates for careers in teaching and leadership roles in the field of Special Education at local and state levels and within professional organizations and communities. Careers may include teachers and specialists, program supervisors, administrators, advocates and leadership faculty in special, inclusive and general education, and student support and advocacy.
Admission requirements for Master’s Degree without earning an Education Specialist Credential:
- Bachelor’s degree from accredited university
- Statement of Purpose
- Department Application
- University Application
- Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0
- GRE or ACT if no teaching credential entry assessment data (i.e., the California Subject Examination for Teachers, or CSET)
Student Standing and Progress
- Completion of courses with a grade of B or higher
- Completion of the Writing Skills Test (WST)
Program Learning Outcomes
- Think critically and creatively and apply analytical and quantitative reasoning to address complex challenges and everyday problems regarding strategies to achieve equitable social emotional, learning, social emotional outcomes for students and the support for their families, care givers develop systems for success.
- Communicate ideas, perspectives, and values clearly and persuasively while listening openly to others within school, community, university and professional areas.
- Apply knowledge of diversity and multicultural competencies to promote equity and social justice in our communities in which individuals are treated with respect, dignity, trust and fairness.
- Work collaboratively and respectfully as members and leaders of diverse teams and communities to achieve equitable environments and learning outcomes
- Act responsibly and sustainably at local, national, and global levels through the demonstration of pedagogical content knowledge and skills.as defined by professional organizations and government agencies.
- Demonstrate expertise and integration of ideas, methods, theory and practice in Education with an emphasis in Special Education aligned with professional standards, research based designs and best practices
Special Education M.S. Requirements (35 units)
The 4-unit prerequisite is not included in the Master’s total.
The following 16 units of core coursework is required:
SPED M.S. students are required to fulfill a concentration for 15 units to earn the degree:
Mild-Moderate Disabilities Concentration
The following 15 units are required for the concentration:
Special Education, M.S. Capstone Requirement
The following capstone course is required to complete the degree:
Other Graduate & Post-Baccalaureate Degree Requirements
In addition to departmental requirements, every student must also satisfy the University requirements for graduation as described throughout this catalog. These include the 70% unit residence requirement; the five-year rule on currency of subject matter; the minimum number of units in 600-level courses; the “C” minimum grade for each graduate course; the 3.00 cumulative grade point average; and the University Writing Skills Requirement.
Note: For information on meeting the University Writing Skills Requirement, see Graduate Degree Requirements & Policies or call the Testing Office at (510) 885-3661.
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