Special Education MA Program Description

Master's Degree in Special Education at Sonoma State

Master's Degree in Special Education:
Program Concentration Coursework (9-12 units)

All M.A. candidates within the Special Education concentration will be assigned to a special education faculty advisor for the purpose of developing an individualized program of study. Electives will be determined in consideration with the advisor, in an effort to provide a broader or deeper program of study that responds to varying student interests.

For more information, please contact: Dr. Jennifer Mahdavi (Jennifer.mahdavi@sonoma.edu)

Master’s Core Coursework (6 units)

All candidates for the M.A. in Education must take these required core courses

  • EDUC 570 (3) The Reflective Educator
  • EDUC 571 (3) Research Paradigms in Education

Special Education Program Concentration Coursework (12 units)

Candidates may pursue the Special Education concentration with or without participating in the Clear Induction Credential program. Candidates must apply and be accepted to BOTH programs to pursue both.

Special Education Option Special Education with Induction Option
EDSP 502 (3) Advanced Pedagogy in Special Education (3) EDSP 501 (3) Professional Induction Plan: Supervised Development
EDSP 513(3) Current and Emerging Research and Practice in Special Education EDSP 504 (3) Professional Induction Plan: Culminating Assessment
EDSP 515 (3) Advanced Legal Issues in Special Education EDSP 513 (3) Current and Emerging Research and Practice in Special Education
EDSP 590(3) Critical Issues in Special Education And choose 3 additional units from courses in Special Education Option (see left).

Electives (6-15 units)

Candidates have the opportunity to seek breadth or depth in a related area of study through completion of elective courses. Elective coursework may be drawn from other graduate programs in the School of Education or from other departments at Sonoma State University, such as psychology, counseling, kinesiology, or others. These courses are selected with the advice and approval of the candidate’s M.A. advisor.

Culmination (3-6 units)

In an effort to provide flexibility in achieving this degree, candidates may choose from any of the three different M.A. pathways described below.

Cognate: 36 units in total

  • EDUC 572 (3) Supervised Study for the Cognate Project

Individualized Exam: 33 units in total

  • EDUC 573 (3) Supervised Study for the Individualized Examination

Thesis/Project: 30 units in total

  • EDUC 598 (3 Units) Developing a Thesis/Project
  • EDUC 599 (3 Units) Supervised Research for Thesis/Project