Advancement to Candidacy

In addition to the above program admission requirements, master's degree candidates must successfully complete the following requirements in order to be advanced to candidacy:

  1. Achieved full admission to the M.A. in Education, Special Education Option (Early Childhood, Mild/Moderate or Moderate/ Severe);
  2. Completion of one of the following sets of courses for the emphasis with a grade point average of 3.0 ("B") or better with no grade lower than a "B-;"
    1. Early Childhood
      • ESPE 611. Assessment Methods in Special Education
      • ESPE 672. Methods in Early Childhood Special Education I
      • ESPE 673. Methods in Early Childhood Special Education II
    2. Mild/Moderate
      • ESPE 611. Assessment Methods in Special Education
      • ESPE 612. Supportive Learning Environments for Students with Disabilities
      • ESPE 613. Curriculum and Methods in Literacy Learning for Students with Disabilities
    3. Moderate/Severe
      • ESPE 611. Assessment Methods in Special Education
      • ESPE 612. Supportive Learning Environments for Students with Disabilities
      • ESPE 662. Methods for Students with Moderate/Severe Disabilities I
  3. Secured approval of candidacy from the College of Education;
  4. Filed an approved graduate program for completion of the degree. This must be prepared in consultation with an assigned advisor in the College of Education and approved by the director of the Special Education program.

    Note: Advancement to candidacy must be processed prior to completion of 20 quarter units of master's degree course work. Students will not be permitted to take the comprehensive examination in the same quarter they are advanced to candidacy.

Requirements for Graduation

In addition to requirements listed on Page 368, candidates must meet the following requirements for graduation:

1. A minimum of 48 quarter units of acceptable work, with a minimum of 35 units completed at this university;

Note: The program may not include more than 13 quarter units in approved CSUSB extension or transfer courses from other colleges/universities. CSUSB will not consider the transfer of course work from an institution which will not accept that work towards its own advanced degree program.

2. A grade point average of 3.0 ("B") in course work taken to satisfy the Master of Arts degree requirements with no grade lower than a "B-" in all courses in the program;

3. Successful completion of the project/thesis and/or comprehensive examination to meet the university graduation writing requirement.

A satisfactory project is one which must be reported in the form of a paper. The purpose of the project is for the student to communicate ideas gained in research, experimentation and creative endeavors; therefore, students should not feel bound to traditional forms. The project proposal and the project must be approved by the student's project advisor and one other professor in the College of Education and submitted in an approved format. Further information is available from the College of Education regarding an approved format for the project proposal and project. Students who elect to complete a project are not required to take a comprehensive examination.

The comprehensive examination is of an integrative nature and is designed to test the student's knowledge of a specific field, rather than subject matter of courses taken. The examination is offered once each quarter. The student may enroll in the examination no earlier than the last quarter in which course work is taken. The student must complete a graduation check with the Office of Records, Registration and Evaluations before permission to take the examination can be granted. Students who do not receive a passing score may petition the College of Education to retake the examination or any part of it. Students who do not receive a passing score the second time must petition the Dean of Graduate Studies to take it again. Approval to retake the examination may be, at any time, contingent upon completion of additional designated courses.

For more information please visit our website. Special Education Program