Program Description

The Master's program is comprised of a total of 30 units. Two pathways are currently offered to meet individual needs:

  • Pathway 1 is designed for credentialed classroom teachers who completed an accredited post-baccalaureate credential program. Pathway 1 students can transfer 4 credential courses (12 semester units), with approval, towards the Special Education MS degree with only 6 core courses remaining (18 units) to reach the 30 unit minimum required for the degree. Students may finish the program in three semesters.
  • Pathway 2 is designed for credentialed classroom teachers who completed an accredited credential program during their bachelor's degree or non-credentialed education-related professionals. Pathway 2 students complete 6 core courses (18 units) as well as an additional 4 courses (12 units) determined through advisement to reach the 30 unit minimum required for the degree. Students may finish the program in three or four semesters.

Students will complete a program planner with the Master’s degree program coordinator at a required orientation meeting. This program planner will ensure students take courses in the scheduled sequence, allowing for timely degree completion for this structured program that offers each class once per academic year. Each Fall and Spring semester, Pathway 1 students typically enroll in 2 courses, while Pathway 2 students may enroll in 2-3 courses. Special Education program courses are typically offered weeknights from 4:00-6:45PM or from 7:00-9:45PM, subject to change. A limited number of courses for Pathway 2 students is available for optional summer enrollment.