2011-2012 Graduate Catalog 
    
    Oct 07, 2022  
2011-2012 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Special Education, M.A.


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Program Description


The Master of Arts degree in Special Education is an advanced academic degree that offers a Clear Education Specialist credential along with a choice of one of the following Added Authorizations: Autism Spectrum Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injury, Other Health Impairment, Emotional Disturbance, or Early Childhood Special Education. A total of 36 semester units are required for the degree. The curriculum for this degree provides a deeper specialization in contemporary issues in the field of special education.

Program Learning Outcomes


The School of Education has adopted the language of both NCATE and CTC accreditation requirements that specifies adults enrolled in our credential and degree programs will be referred to as “candidates” to distinguish from the students in K-12 schools that they serve. Therefore in the program learning outcomes below the word “candidates” refers to the adult students enrolled in the program.

Candidates who complete the Master of Arts in Special Education program will be able to:

  • Engage in ongoing scholarly, professional, personal, and spiritual growth;
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills in critical thinking, analysis, and synthesis;
  • Work collaboratively and communicate effectively;
  • Demonstrate the positive power of diversity through equity and access;
  • Apply faith-based influences and beliefs within educational organizations;
  • Engage in reflective educational practices that emulate Christian discipleship; and
  • Serve as research-based transformational leaders within educational organizations.

Program Eligibility to the Master of Arts in Special Education


  • Education and Grade-Point Average: Teacher candidates must have completed a baccalaureate or higher degree from a regionally accredited college or university. A cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.000 is required to be admitted into the Master of Arts in Special Education program. Candidates with a cumulative grade point average less than 3.000 may apply for “Admission under Exception” through their advisor;
  • Two or more letters of recommendation from appropriate persons who have the knowledge of the applicant’s character and ability to work with children or youth. (References from friends or relatives are not appropriate.);
  • Master of Arts in Special Education interview: All candidates must complete a personal interview with the faculty from the School of Education; and
  • All accounts paid in full.

Graduation Requirements


  1. A completed Application for Degree Candidacy (online or in the Records Office, Point Loma campus);
  2. Satisfactory completion of the prescribed course of study with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.000 or higher;
  3. Completion of the approved graduate program consisting of a minimum of 36 units;
  4. recommendation from the program coordinator and director of the Regional Center;
  5. All accounts paid in full;
  6. All requirements for graduate degrees must be completed within an eight-year period from the time of initial enrollment in the program.

The Master of Arts in Special Education builds on the foundation of the Preliminary Level I Education Specialist credential. M.A. candidates develop advanced level knowledge, skills, and dispositions aligned with professional standards and directly apply research-based theory and “best practices” as they teach students with special needs in their own classrooms.

The Clear (Level II) Education Specialist credential requirements are incorporated into this advanced degree and are strategically aligned and blended with Induction requirements to equip special education teachers in Induction programs to address the Clear (Level II) credential proficiency requirements as they complete their Induction requirements.

The Master of Arts in Special Education is an evidence-based program. Candidates develop differentiated learning plans for their graduate level coursework, building on the evidence of prior knowledge, skills, and dispositions that they bring into the program. This customized instructional design is focused on significant transformation along the California Standards for the Teaching Profession’s Learning to Teach Continuum and the Council for Exceptional Children’s Professional Standards.

Up to six units of post- baccalaureate coursework aligned with the course of study below may be transferred from other institutions toward this degree. Candidates requesting transfer credit should request this with their advisor, the first semester of enrollment. Mild/Moderate students may use Graduate Education GED 650 , GED 651 , and GED 652 . Moderate/Severe students may use GED 650 , GED 652 , and GED 654 .

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