Master of Arts in Education

Special Education

Overview of the Program

The Master of Arts in Education (M.A.) with a concentration in Special Education provides advanced academic study for persons working with or on behalf of individuals with disabilities. Candidates for the degree must hold a valid teaching credential or request consent from the Department of Educational Leadership and Special Education. Candidates must apply and be admitted both to the University and to the M.A. program to pursue this degree and may enter in fall or spring semesters.
In addition to the M.A. core curriculum for all master’s degrees in education (6 units), and specialization courses in special education (12 units), candidates complete relevant elective coursework in consultation with their assigned M.A. advisor or committee chair (units vary depending upon the M.A. pathway they select). 

Clear Induction Education Specialist Candidates Pursuing an M.A. in Special Education

Candidates who possess a valid Preliminary Education Specialist Credential in Mild/Moderate or Moderate/Severe Disabilities may combine their master's degree studies with coursework from their Clear Induction Education Specialist Credential program preparation. All 12 units of Clear Induction Education Specialist courses ( core courses: EDSP 501 & 504, as well as six (6) units of coursework selected with the advice of the Induction Coordinator) can be applied toward the Special Education concentration of the M.A. degree program. Please refer to the University catalog for a listing of the current courses offered.

Clear Induction candidates who are concurrently accepted into the M.A. program have the option of beginning the M.A. core curriculum during the first semester of their Induction course of study or waiting until after they have completed a portion of the Induction program. Candidates, however, are strongly encouraged to take the initial M.A. core course (EDUC 570) early in their preparation and to prepare a course of study integrating both the Clear Induction coursework with the M.A. core curriculum.