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M.A. Special Education Courses

Program Overview

Pre/Co-requisite (if equivalency has not been determined)
Completion of:

SB 2042 program
Or
EDST 630 or EDUC 422 (3 units)

Master of Arts in Special Education Core Required Courses: (25 units)

EDMX 622 Literacy Education for Education Specialists (4 units)
EDMX 627 Assessment for Planning and Instruction (3 units)
EDMX 631 Foundations in Law, Ethics, and Procedures of Special Education (3 units)
EDMX 632 Technology and Communication for Special Populations (3 units)
EDMX 633 Community Access through Supported Environments (3 units)
EDEX 602 Culturally Proficient Inclusive Schooling in a Pluralistic Society (3 units)
EDUC 622 Research Methods in Education (3 units)
EDUC 698 Master’s Culminating Experience Seminar (3 units)

Select a MA + Credential(s) Pathways:

Pathway 1: Master of Arts in Special Education and Mild/Moderate Credential (Traditional Clinical Practice) 9 units
EDMX 572 Education Specialist – Clinical Practice: Special Education Setting (7 units)
EDMX 575 Education Specialist –Transition Development Plan Seminar (2 units)

CORE + Pathway 1 = 34 units

Pathway 2: Master of Arts in Special Education and Mild/Moderate Credential (Full Year Internship) 18 units
EDMX 671 Education Specialist – Clinical Practice for Mild/Moderate Interns I Mild/Moderate (7 units)
EDMX 672 Education Specialist – Clinical Practice for Mild/Moderate Interns II (7 units)
EDMX 575 Education Specialist –Transition Development Plan Seminar (2 units)
EDEX 660 Transition Plan Development (2 units)

CORE + Pathway 2 = 43

Pathway 3: Master of Arts in Special Education and Mild/Moderate Credential (Semester Internship) 9 units
EDMX 672 Education Specialist – Clinical Practice for Mild/Moderate Interns II (7 units)
EDMX 575 Education Specialist –Transition Development Plan Seminar (2 units)

CORE + Pathway 3 = 34 units

Pathway 4: Master of Arts in Special Education and Mild/Moderate and Moderate/Severe Credentials 19 units
EDMX 572 Education Specialist – Clinical Practice: Special Education Setting (7 units)
EDMX 575 Education Specialist –Transition Development Plan Seminar (2 units)
EDMX 635 Education Specialist – Curriculum and Instruction: Moderate/Severe Disabilities (4 units)
EDMX 573 Education Specialist – Clinical Practice Moderate/Severe Disabilities (6 units)

CORE + Pathway 4 = 44 units

Pathway 5: Master of Arts in Special Education and Moderate/Severe Credential (for those who hold Mild/Moderate) 10 units
EDMX 635 Education Specialist – Curriculum and Instruction: Moderate/Severe Disabilities (4 units)
EDMX 573 Education Specialist – Clinical Practice Moderate/Severe Disabilities (6 units)

CORE + Pathway 5 = 35 units

Pathway 6: Master of Arts in Special Education and Moderate/Severe Credential Full Year Internship (For those who hold Mild/Moderate) 16 units
EDMX 635 Education Specialist – Curriculum and Instruction: Moderate/Severe Disabilities (4 units)
EDMX 673 Education Specialist – Clinical Practice for Moderate/Severe I (6 units)
EDMX 674 Education Specialist – Clinical Practice for Moderate/Severe II (6 units)

CORE + Pathway 6 = 41 units

Pathway 7: Master of Arts in Special Education and Moderate/Severe Credential Semester Internship (For those who hold Mild/Moderate) 10 units
EDMX 635 Education Specialist – Curriculum and Instruction: Moderate/Severe Disabilities (4 units)
EDMX 674 Education Specialist – Clinical Practice for Moderate/Severe II (6 units)

CORE + Pathway 7 = 35 units

Completion Requirements

The following completion activities apply to all Master of Arts in Special Education students:

  1. Successful completion of the core courses with a minimum 3.0 GPA
  2. Advancement to candidacy
  3. Completion of a culminating experience under the direction of a faculty committee
  4. Continual enrollment in EDUC 698 until successful completion of the culminating experience
  5. Up to nine (9) units of graduate-level coursework from another approved Special Education program may be accepted and transferred into the CSUSM program with faculty approval.

Grading 

All coursework will earn a letter grade, except field studies which will earn credit/no credit. A grade-point average of 3.0 must be maintained and any grade of less than a B- will be subject to review.

Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement – Graduate Level (GWARGL)

Students need to fulfill the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement – Graduate Level before advancing to candidacy.