Feb 23, 2020
The Master of Arts degree in Special Education is an advanced academic degree. A Clear Education Specialist credential may be completed within this degree with an additional three (3) units. One of the following Added Authorizationsis included within the degree: Adapted Physical Education (APE), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE), Emotional Disturbrance (ED), Other Health Impairment (OHI), Orthopedic Impairment (OI), and/or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). A total of 36 semester units are required for the degree. The curriculum provides a deeper specialization in contemporary issues in the field of special education.
Program Learning Outcomes
The program learning outcomes for the M.A. in Special Education are built on and related to the School of Education outcomes that are symbolized in three themes: equip, transform, and empower. The M.A. in the Special Education program then applies these major themes to this program.
Candidates who complete the Master of Arts in Special Education program will be able to:
- Promote the success of all students by being a servant leader that serves collaboratively and effectively with professional excellence, honesty, integrity, and sensitivity.
- Engage in ways of thinking and being to embrace the positive power of diversity and advocacy for universal social justice within the classrooms, schools, districts, and communities.
- Apply faith-based influences and beliefs within educational organizations.
- Reflect and engage in on-going scholarly, professional, and spiritual growth.
- Serve as research-based transformational leaders within their classrooms, schools, districts, and communities.
Program Eligibility to the Master of Arts in Special Education
- Education and Grade-Point Average: 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;”
- 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 an admissions chair.
In order to earn and receive a Master of Arts in Special Education degree, a student must satisfy all of the following:
- A completed Application for Degree Candidacy (online or in the Records Office, Point Loma campus);
- Satisfactory completion of the prescribed course of study with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.000 or higher and no grade lower than a C in any course;
- Completion of the approved graduate program consisting of a minimum of 36 units;
- Recommendation from the program coordinator;
- Payment in full of all tuition, fees, and other financial obligations owed to the university, including a graduation fee; and
- All requirements for graduate degrees must be completed within an eight (8)-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 Education Specialist credential and the Council for Exceptional Children’s Professional Standards. 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 Education Specialist credential requirements can be incorporated into this advanced degree and are strategically aligned and blended with Induction requirements to equip special education to address the Clear (Level II) credential proficiency requirements as they complete their Induction requirements.
Up to six (6) units of post-baccalaureate coursework aligned with the course of study below may be transferred from other institutions toward this degree. Candidates seeking transfer credit should make this request during the first semester of enrollment. Candidates who completed their preliminary Education Specialist, Mild/Moderate credentials through PLNU may apply up to 12 units of this coursework toward the MA in Special Education. Candidates who completed their preliminary Education Specialist, Moderate/Severe credentials through PLNU may apply up to 12 units of this coursework toward the MA in Special Education. Candidates who completed both their preliminary Education Specialist, Mild/Moderate and Moderate/Severe credentials through PLNU may apply up to 15 units of this coursework toward the MA in Special Education.
Choose one set (4 units):
For Candidates seeking Ed Specialist Clear Credential
Total Required: 21-24 Units
Candidates with their preliminary credential coursework from PLNU may apply up to twelve (12) units of approved coursework toward their Master of Arts in Special Education degree.
Total: 36 Units
39 units with Clear Education Specialist credential included
Added Authorizations in Special Education
Complete the following two (2) courses and choose a specific area to fulfill the authorization
Adapted Physical Education (APE) Added Authorization
Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Added Authorization
Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) Added Authorization
Emotional and Behavior Disorders (ED) Added Authorization
Orthopedic Impairments (OI) Added Authorization
Other Health Impairment OHI) Added Authorization
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Added Authorization