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The Master of Arts in Special Education and Credential Option is specifically designed for teachers who hold a valid basic teaching credential who are seeking both a master’s degree and a career path in special education by adding on the Mild/Moderate and the Moderate/Severe Preliminary Education Specialist Credential(s).

The Preliminary Mild/Moderate Education Specialist Credential authorizes instruction of students with a primary disability of Autism Spectrum Disorder, Emotional Disturbance, Mild/Moderate Intellectual Disability, Other Health Impairment or Specific Learning Disability. The Preliminary Moderate/Severe Education Specialist Credential authorizes instruction of students with a primary disability of Autism Spectrum Disorder, Deaf-Blindness, Emotional Disturbance, Moderate/Severe Intellectual Disability, or Multiple Disabilities. Both credentials authorize instruction of English learners. 

M.A Special Education Program Information

Program Student Learning Outcomes

PSLO #1: Professional Dispositions: Demonstrate positive professional dispositions and ethics inclusive of social justice and equity, collaboration, critical thinking, professional ethics, reflective teaching and learning, and life-long learning.

PSLO #2: Culturally Proficient Inclusive Schooling: Develop an action plan for creating and sustaining a culturally proficient inclusive schooling environment.

PSLO #3: Assessment and Program Planning: Conduct and analyze formal and/or informal assessment data to develop assessment reports and Individual Education Program goals based upon individual students’ assessed needs.

PSLO #4: Research Analysis: Analyze and integrate research in educational and professional settings.

Requirements for Admission

  1. Graduate application for California State University San Marcos
  2. School of Education Supplemental Application
    1. CSUSM Graduate Application
    2. Verification of valid basic credential issued by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing
    3. Verification of subject matter competency
    4. Three letters of recommendation
    5. A statement of purpose
    6. Tuberculin Clearance
    7. Two sets of official transcripts
    8. Interview and Writing Sample

Subject matter competency and individual requirements for out-of-state trained teachers may be required. Contact the CEHHS, Student Services Office for details, (760) 750-4277.

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