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 to Moderate Support Needs and the Extensive Support Needs Preliminary Education Specialist Credential(s).
The Preliminary Mild to Moderate Support Needs Education Specialist Instruction Credential authorizes instruction of students with mild to moderate support needs with a primary disability of
The Preliminary Extensive Support Needs Education Specialist Instruction Credential authorizes instruction of students with extensive support needs with a primary disability of
Applications open October 1, 2021. Priority deadline is March 1, 2022. Admissions will be offered until seats are filled. Please consider submitting applications by the priority deadline as those received afterwards are not guaranteed to be reviewed for admissions.
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.
Culturally Proficient Inclusive Schooling: Develop an action plan for creating and sustaining a culturally proficient inclusive schooling environment.
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.
Research Analysis: Analyze and integrate research in educational and professional settings.
Subject matter competency and individual requirements for out-of-state trained teachers may be required. Contact the College of Education, Health, and Human Services, Student Services Office for details, (760) 750-4277.
Master of Arts in Special Education Core Required Courses: (24 units)
These pathways include clinical practice and internship courses required to obtain Mild to Moderate and/or Extensive Support Needs Credentials.
Pathway 1: Master of Arts in Special Education and Mild to Moderate Support Needs Credential (Traditional Clinical Practice) 9 units
CORE + Pathway 1 = 37 units
Pathway 2: Master of Arts in Special Education and Mild to Moderate Support Needs Credential (Full Year Internship) 16 units
CORE + Pathway 2 = 44
CORE + Pathway 3 = 37 units
Pathway 4: Master of Arts in Special Education and Mild to Moderate Support Needs and Extensive Support Credentials 24 units
CORE + Pathway 4 = 52 units
CORE + Pathway 5 = 43 units
CORE + Pathway 6 = 50 units
Pathway 7: Master of Arts in Special Education and Extensive Support Needs Credential Semester Internship 15 units
CORE + Pathway 7 = 43 units
The following completion activities apply to all Master of Arts in Special Education students: