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  Dec 14, 2017
 
 
    
University Catalog 2012-2013 (ARCHIVED CATALOG) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Special Education, M.A.


Master of Arts degree in Special Education the Master of Arts (MA) degree in Special Education provides administrators, teachers, and therapists with advanced preparation for work with exceptional learners. MA candidates must incorporate the credential requirements in their area of specialization as a part of their program. (This requirement may be waived for personnel in related fields, such as nurses, occupational or physical therapists, or speech language pathologists.) The MA programs include a choice among a variety of options.

Admission to the Program

In addition to university requirements for admission to graduate study, applicants must have a minimum of a 2.75 grade point average in their last 90 quarter units attempted, must have completed (or complete concurrently) requirements for a California credential in special education or equivalent (this requirement may be waived for personnel in related fields, such as nurses, occupational or physical therapists, or speech language pathologists.), must complete all division application procedures, and must obtain approval from the division. A number of scholarships and traineeships are available to qualified students. Interested students should contact the division office.

Advisement

 Students should seek advisement for all special education credential and graduate programs in the division of special education and counseling.

Candidates are encouraged to apply for the MA program during the second or third quarter of the credential program, as only 13 pre-approved units may be applied towards the MA degree.

Requirements for the Degree (45 units minimum)


A minimum of 45 units is required, with at least one-half in 500-level courses. The candidate must maintain a minimum 3.0 (b) grade point average, with no grade lower than C. The program has five components: (1) Pre-requisite courses as applicable; (2) Credential requirements; (3) MA required core courses; (4) Required specialization courses and electives that are approved by the adviser; and (5) Successful completion of the Comprehensive Examination or Thesis/Project. Students must pass all sections of the comprehensive examination by the third attempt. Students may pursue the thesis or project option only when they meet specified division and college criteria. Students electing the thesis and planning to perform quantitative analysis are required to take EDFN 452 statistics in education (4 units) or equivalent as a prerequisite or corequisite to EDSP 599A. See restriction on credit earned in variable unit courses in the
Charter College of Education  section of the academic programs: college-based and university-wide chapter.

Autism Option (49 units)


Thesis/Project (7 units)


Early Childhood Special Education Option (47-50 units)


Electives (8-12 units)


Students will take a minimum of 8-12 units of advisor approved electives. Students are encouraged to develop an emphasis in consultation with their advisor.

Comprehensive Examination/Thesis/Project ( 0-7 units)


Facilitating Behavior Change Option (46 units)


Electives (8 units)


Students may take a minimum of 8 units of advisor approved electives. Students are encouraged to develop an emphasis in consultation with their advisor.


Note: Students will complete a thesis only. In applied settings, it is critical for individuals working in behavior change to be skilled at designing and conducting intervention programs. The thesis option will provide that experience.
 

Comprehensive Examination/Thesis/Project ( 0 -7 units)


Mild/Moderate Disabilities Option (45-46 units)


Electives (0-8 units)


Students will take 0-8 units of advisor approved electives. Students are encouraged to develop an emphasis in consultation with their advisor.

Comprehensive Examination/Thesis/Project ( 0-7 units)


Moderate/Severe Disabilities Option (45-52 units)


Electives (9 units)


Students will take a minimum of 9 units of advisor approved electives. Students are encouraged to develop an emphasis in consultation with their advisor.

Comprehensive Examination/Thesis/Project (0-7 units)


Multicultural Multilingual Special Education Option (46 units)


Electives (0 units)


Students may take advisor approved electives.

Comprehensive Examination/Thesis/Project ( 0-7 units)


Physical and Health Impairments Option (45 units)


Electives (16-23 units)


Students will take a minimum of 16 units of advisor approved electives. Students are encouraged to develop an emphasis in consultation with their advisor.

Comprehensive Examination/Thesis/Project ( 0-7 units)


Transition Studies Option (47-54 units)


Electives (4-10 units)


Students will take 4-10 units of advisor approved electives. Students are encouraged to develop an emphasis in consultation with their advisor.

Comprehensive Examination/Thesis/Project ( 0-7 units)


Visual Impairment and Blindness: Orientation and Mobility (O&M) Option (51 units)


Electives (0 units)


Students may take electives with advisor approval.

Comprehensive Examination/Thesis/Project ( 0-7 units)


Visual Impairment and Blindness: Teacher Preparation Option (45 units)


Electives (5-12 units)


Students will take 5-12 units of advisor approved electives. Students are encouraged to develop an emphasis in consultation with their advisor.

Comprehensive Examination/Thesis/Project 0-7 units)