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Masters Program Requirements

Requirements

Prerequisite courses to be completed with a grade of "B" or better:

  • ESPE 5530. Introduction to Special Education (3)
  • ESPE 5531. Methods and Procedures in Special Education (3)

Degree Requirements (33 units)

Core course requirements (21 units)

  • ESPE 5514 Language Development in Diverse Learners (3 units)
  • ESPE 6610 Educating Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (3 units)
  • ESPE 6611 Assessment and Evaluation for Planning and Instruction (3 units)
  • ESPE 6612 Creating Supporting Learning Environments for Students with Disabilities (3 units)
  • ESPE 6625 Collaboration and Consultation in Special Education (3 units)
  • ESPE 6601 Critical Issues in Special Education (3 units)
  • ESPE 6602 Research in Special Education (3 units)

Emphasis course requirements (9 units)

Student must choose ONE of the following:

  • Early Childhood Special Education option
    ESPE 6615 Seminar on Language and Literacy in Early Childhood Special Education (3 units)
    ESPE 6672 Birth to Age Three Methods in Early Childhood Special Education (3 units)
    ESPE 6673 Preschool through Kindergarten Methods in Early Childhood Special Education (3 units)
     
  • Mild to Moderate Disabilities option
    ESPE 6613 Seminar in Literacy Learning for K-12 Students with Disabilities (3 units)
    ESPE 6642 Methods in Mild/Moderate Disabilities I (3 units)
    ESPE 6643 Methods in Mild/Moderate Disabilities II (3 units)
     
  • Moderate to Severe Disabilities option
    ESPE 6613 Seminar in Literacy Learning for K-12 Students with Disabilities (3 units)
    ESPE 6662 Methods for Students with Moderate/Severe Disabilities I (3 units)
    ESPE 6663 Methods for Students with Moderate/Severe Disabilities II (3 units)

Culminating experience (3 units)

Students must choose ONE of the following options to demonstrate the graduate exit writing requirement:

  • ESPE 6960 Master of Science in Special Education Project (3 units)
  • ESPE 6980 Special Education Comprehensive Exam (0 units)*
    * When Option 2 is chosen, students must take the following course: 
    ESPE 6665 Seminar in Special Education (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).