Program: M.A., Special Education
The Master of Arts degree in Special Education builds upon the competencies developed in the Preliminary Education Specialist and Induction Education Specialist Credential programs. This degree is designed to prepare graduates for positions of leadership, advocacy and scholarship in schools, the community and within the overall profession of special education. Toward this end, faculty members facilitate the development of student competencies in reflective dialogue, presentations and written avenues of expression.
A. Requirements for Admission to the Program (Conditionally Classiﬁed Status)
- Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or college.
- Good standing at the last university attended.
- A minimum of a 2.5 GPA in the last 60 semester units completed.
- Admission to the Preliminary Education Specialist Credential program.
B. Requirements for Admission to the Program (Classiﬁed Status)
- Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
- Good standing in the last university attended.
- A minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA in the last 60 semester units completed.
- Successful completion of a Preliminary Education Specialist Credential.
- A 3.0 GPA for all work taken as a conditionally classified student.
- Approval of a plan of study by the student’s advisor.
C. Additional Requirements
- A minimum of 30 units, including a comprehensive examination/thesis/graduate project, is required for completion of the Master of Arts degree.
- No more than 12 units of credit may be applied to a Master of Arts degree program until classified status is attained.
- Courses more than 7 years old will not be included in the total of 30 units required for the M.A. degree.
- Students in the DHH M.A. program must demonstrate proficiency in American Sign Language as determined by passing the ASLPI at the required level.
- A 3.0 GPA or higher in all work undertaken since admission to the program to be advanced to candidacy (approval to proceed to the culminating experience course).
D. Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing Option Requirements
1. Core Requirements (15 units)
Prerequisite: Classified Status for SPED 681, SPED 682D, SPED 683
SPED 638 Developing Special Educators as Agents of Change (3)
SPED 681 Graduate Research in Special Education (3)
SPED 682D Advanced Graduate Research in Special Education (3)
SPED 683 Current Trends in Special Education (3)
SPED 695A Advanced Behavioral Support (3)
2. Elective Courses (12 units)
Select 12 units from the following:
SPED 402 Promoting and Supporting a Positive and Inclusive School Climate (3)
SPED 504D Foundations of Deaf Education (3)
SPED 560 Development and Assessment of Language in Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students (3)
SPED 561D Teaching Reading to Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students (3)
SPED 563 Audiology and Spoken English Development for Teachers of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students (4)
SPED 565 Teaching Written English to Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students (3)
SPED 566D Curriculum and Instruction for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students (3)
SPED 567D Teaching Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students with Special Needs (3)
3. Culminating Experience (3 units)
Total Units Required for the M.A. Degree: 30
Department of Special Education
Chair: Amy Hanreddy
Education (ED) 1204
Graduate Coordinator: Zhen Chai
Program Learning Outcomes
Students receiving a Master of Arts in Special Education will be able to:
- Demonstrate competencies as a scholar in the field of special education.
- Exhibit leadership skills in the field of special education.
- Serve as an advocate for students with disabilities and their families.