Return of the Pack Stay Informed
Main Content Region

Masters Program

Special Education

Masters Program Courses

Each of the three Education Specialist Options (M/M, M/S, ECSE) have required courses specific to that emphasis.  However, all Special Education program courses related to the M.S. in Special Education are listed here:

ESPE 5530. Introduction to Special Education

Characteristics and educational implications of physical, intellectual, social and emotional deviations among exceptional individuals. Ethical and legal aspects of special education. Observations in educational settings. For classification in any Special Education program, candidates must obtain a grade of B or better. Formerly ESPE 530. (3 units)

ESPE 5531. Methods and Procedures in Special Education

Introductory methods for planning, assessment of student learning, basic instructional strategies, differentiated instruction, and classroom management in special education. Policies and procedures related to the implementation of federal and state legislation governing the delivery of special education services. Introduction to the dispositions of effective special education teachers and teacher leadership. For classified admission to any of the Special Education programs, candidates must obtain a grade of B or better. Formerly ESPE 531. Prerequisite/corequisite: ESPE 5530. (3 units) 

ESPE 5514. Language Development in Diverse Learners.

Characteristics of typical/atypical language development and academic language acquisition in children with and without disabilities. Functional communication and augmentative/alternative communication needs of the exceptional child. Includes the unique linguistic features and needs of the EL learner with disabilities. Prerequisites: ESPE 5530, ESPE 5531, and ESPE 6611, and admission to the Special Education program. (3 units)

ESPE 6601. Critical Issues in Special Education

Legal, historical, and ethical foundations of special education including legislation, regulations and case law that govern the provision of special education. Critical trends and issues affected by current social, political, and economic conditions will be addressed, including education reform, multicultural and language issues, inclusion, access to core curriculum, and transition. Prerequisite: Classified admission to Master of Science in Special Education program. (3 units)

ESPE 6602. Research in Special Education

Introduction to qualitative and quantitative research methods, including single subject design. Formulation of research questions and preparation of research documents. Understanding descriptive and inferential statistics in education research. Reading and understanding current research in special education. Formerly ESPE 602. Prerequisite: Classified admission to the Master of Science in Special Education program. (3 units)

ESPE 6610. Educating Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Characteristics of learners with autism. Evidence-based methods for the education and treatment of students in early childhood through age 22 with autism spectrum disorders. Planning, implementing, and evaluating methods to teach social, language, behavioral, and learning skills. Prerequisites: ESPE 5530, ESPE 5531, and admission to the Special Education program. Corequisite: Concurrent enrollment in ESPE 6609 required for credential candidates. (3 units)

ESPE 6611. Assessment and Evaluation for Planning and Instruction

Data collection methods for eligibility for special education services, program planning, and program evaluation in the areas of academics, language, and social-emotional. Formerly ESPE 611. Prerequisite: ESPE 5530, ESPE 5531, and admission to the Special Education Program. (3 units)

ESPE 6612. Creating Supportive Learning Environments for Students with Disabilities

Strategies for managing diverse special education classroom and service delivery settings. Planning and implementing positive behavior support and maintaining a supportive learning environment. Includes system-level support practices. Practicum in approved settings required. Formerly ESPE 612. Prerequisite: ESPE 5530, ESPE 5531, and admission to the Special Education Program. (3 units)

ESPE 6613. Seminar in Literacy Learning for K-12 Students with Disabilities

Differentiated teaching methods and specialized assessment in literacy learning for students with special needs, including English learners. Must be taken concurrently with ESPE 6614. Formerly ESPE 613. Prerequisite: ESPE 5530, ESPE 5531, ESPE 5514, ESPE 6611, and admission to the Special Education program. Corequisite: Concurrent enrollment in ESPE 6614 required for Mild/Moderate and Moderate/Severe Disabilities credential candidates. (3 units)

ESPE 6615. Seminar on Language and Literacy in Early Childhood Special Education

An intensive study of early language and literacy skills including English language development, assessment, instruction, and curriculum guidelines as related to infants, toddlers, preschool, and kindergarten children with disabilities. Formerly ESPE 615. Prerequisites: ESPE 5530, ESPE 5531, and fully classified in the Education Specialist credential program in Early Childhood. Corequisite: Concurrent enrollment in ESPE 6616 required for Early Childhood credential candidates. (3 units)

ESPE 6625. Collaboration and Consultation in Special Education

Competencies and skills for collaborative and consultative roles to develop partnerships with students, professionals, paraprofessionals, families, and community agency personnel. The role of the education specialist as a teacher leader will be addressed. Formerly ESPE 625. Prerequisite: ESPE 5530, ESPE 5531, ESPE 6611, ESPE 6612, and admission to the Special Education program. (3 units)

ESPE 6642. Methods in Mild/Moderate Disabilities I

Methods and differentiated instruction for students with mild to moderate disabilities including learning disabilities, language development, and data-based decision making. Formerly ESPE 642. Prerequisites: ESPE 5514, ESPE 6610, ESPE 6611, ESPE 6612, and ESPE 6613. (3 units)

ESPE 6643. Methods in Mild/Moderate Disabilities II

Strategies, methods, and materials as well as curriculum modification in subject matter content areas for students with mild to moderate disabilities. Formerly ESPE 643. Prerequisite: ESPE 6642. (3 units)

ESPE 6662. Methods for Students with Moderate/Severe Disabilities I

Characteristics of students with moderate to severe disabilities and their implications for education; assessments for positive behavior support, instructional planning and progress monitoring; evidence-based instructional strategies for communication, social skills, and the core curriculum. Formerly ESPE 662. Prerequisites: ESPE 6610 and ESPE 6611. (3 units)

ESPE 6663. Methods for Students with Moderate/Severe Disabilities II

Movement, sensory, and specialized healthcare needs; augmented and alternative communication methods; transition planning and implementation strategies; case management for students with moderate to severe disabilities. Formerly ESPE 663. Prerequisite: ESPE 6662. (3 units)

ESPE 6665. Seminar in Special Education

Advanced seminar designed to review current issues and empirical research findings relating to the education of students with disabilities in preparation for the Comprehensive Exam in special education. Review of information regarding assessment, development and delivery of quality instruction, and providing appropriate support for use in regular and special education settings. Prerequisite: Classified admission and advanced to candidacy in the MS Special Education program for candidates who have declared the Comprehensive Exam option. (3 units)

ESPE 6672. Birth to Age Three Methods in Early Childhood Special Education

Contemporary theoretical, philosophical, legal, and empirical influences in Early Intervention. Screening, assessment, intervention and instructional strategies that are responsive to the individual needs of families who have children between birth and age three with disabilities (including children at risk and with low incidence disabilities). Special consideration of the assessment of parent priorities and resources, models of service delivery, collaboration, and supportive learning environments. Requires 45 hours of practice in early intervention settings. Prerequisites: ESPE 6610, ESPE 6611, ESPE 6612, and full classification the Early Childhood Special Education credential and/or Master of Science in Special Education program. (3 units)

ESPE 6673. Preschool through Kindergarten Methods in Early Childhood Special Education

Assessment, intervention and instructional strategies that are responsive to the individual needs of students in preschool through kindergarten with disabilities (including children with low incidence disabilities). Special consideration of models of service delivery, collaboration, and supportive learning environments. Prerequisites: ESPE 6610, ESPE 6611, ESPE 6612, and full classification the Early Childhood Special Education credential and/or Master of Science in Special Education program. (3 units)

ESPE 6980 Comprehensive Examination or ESPE 6960 Master’s Degree Project/Thesis

An assessment of the student's ability to integrate the knowledge of the area, show critical and independent thinking and demonstrate mastery of the subject matter. Prerequisites: advancement to candidacy, approval of department, completion of course work in the master's program, and in good academic standing. ESPE 6665 required for candidates who have selected the comprehensive exam option. (3 units)

Note: Education Specialist Credential holders returning for the M.S. degree will be required to complete an approved program of study consisting of a minimum of 21.0 additional semester units and a culminating experience (i.e., the comprehensive exam or thesis).