Master of Arts in 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 who possess a valid Preliminary Level I Education Specialist Credential in Mild/Moderate or Moderate/Severe Disabilities may combine their master's degree studies with coursework from their Professional Level II Education Specialist Credential program preparation. Candidates from related disciplines may pursue this advanced degree with 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 in order to pursue this degree.
In addition to the M.A. core curriculum, M.A. candidates in Special Education will complete the Professional Level II coursework (9-12 units) as well as relevant elective coursework in consultation with their assigned M.A. advisor (units vary depending upon the M.A. pathway they select).
Level II Education Specialist Candidates Pursuing an M.A. in Special Education
Currently, all Professional Level II Education Specialist core courses (EDSP 512, 513, 514 & 515) 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. Qualified M.A. applicants in Special Education may enter in fall or spring semesters. Level II candidates who are concurrently accepted into the M.A. program would have the option of beginning the M.A. core curriculum during the first semester of their Level II course of study or waiting until after they have completed a portion of the Level II 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 Professional Level II coursework with the M.A. core curriculum.
Non-Professional Level II Candidates Pursuing an M.A. in Special Education
Qualified applicants to the M.A. program in Special Education may be accepted in both fall and spring semesters. Candidates from other programs seeking an M.A. in Education with a concentration in Special Education are expected to complete three or four courses in the Professional Level II program (EDSP 512, 513, 514 & 515), although they are not expected to formally enroll in the Professional Level II program in pursuit of this advanced credential. Priority for enrollment in all Level II programs is given to candidates seeking the Professional Level II credential. Therefore, consent of the instructor is required before outside candidates may enroll in any Level II course.