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Special Education

Master of Arts (M.A.) Degree in Education Special Education Emphasis

The Master of Arts Degree (with emphasis in Special Education) offers advanced preparation in the areas of mild/moderate and moderate/severe disabilities. Required and elective special education courses are closely related to course requirements in the Preliminary Credential (and the former Level I/Level II Credentials).

Please Note: The Master of Arts Degree (Special Education emphasis) alone does not provide authorization for classroom instruction in the State of California. The Education Specialist Credentials provide the required state authorization for teaching in the candidate's selected area of emphasis (mild/moderate or moderate/severe).

Steps to Apply for Admission to the M.A. Program in Education

Meet the following prerequisites:

  1. Bachelor of Arts Degree from an accredited institution and
    • Teaching Credential (Multiple Subject, Single Subject, or Education Specialist) or current enrollment in a credential program. Students are to apply for admission to the graduate program at the conclusion of their first block of clinical practice, and
    • Minimum GPA of 3.0, and
    • Passing score on the Graduate Writing Test (GWT)
    • Foreign students must have a TOEFL score of at least 580.
  2. Complete the "Petition to Change Graduate Degree Objective" form (available from the Credential Service Office). Turn in the Petition form, your GWT documentation, and three letters of recommendation to Kelly Mitchell (Bldg. 6-220).
  3. If you have not taken or have not passed the GWT, arrange to take it the quarter prior to your admission to the graduate program.

Once you receive the official letter of admission to the graduate program, make an appointment with Kelly Mitchellto complete a Program Plan for the Master of Arts in Education contract.

If you are not currently enrolled at Cal Poly Pomona:

  1. Meet the prerequisites specified above.
  2. Fill out the CSU Graduate Application (online at
  3. Once you have received your letter of admission, make an appointment with Kelly Mitchell ( to complete an MA Program Plan.

Courses in Special Education

A minimum of 13 quarter units may be transferred from another university, if they were taken as a post-bach student and are graduate level and received a ggrade of a C or better. All Courses transferred must be petitioned and approved by the Dept Chair and the University's Graduate Studies Office

I. Core Specialization Courses — 16 Units

Course Course Title Units
EDS 502 Assessment in Special Education 4 units
EDS 504 Positive Classroom & Behavior Management 4 units
EDS 507 Research & Legal Foundations in Special Education 4 units
EDS 512 Diagnosis & Remediation of Reading Difficulties 4 units

II. Complementary Elective Courses — 8-12 units

Course Course Title Units
GED 504 Education of the Minority 3 units
GED 507/L Integrating Technology into Teaching & Learning 3/1 units
GED 592/A Learning & Instruction 3/1 units
GED 650 Seminar in Current Problems & Strategies in Education 4 units
GED 599 Special Topics for Graduate Students 4 units
GED 550 Seminar in Educational Issues 4 units
GED 596 Language, Literacy, & Human Development 4 units
TED 591 Leadership in Special Education 4 units
EDS 526 Home/School/Community Collaboration in Special Education 4 units

III. REQUIRED Core Research Classes — 16 units

Course Course Title Units
GED 532 Tests, Measurements, and Evaluations 4 units
GED 690 Seminar in Educational Research 4 units
GED 693 Conducting Educational Research 4 units
GED 691 Directed Study 4 units

IV. Choose one of the following to complete your MA program

Course Course Title Units
GED 695 Project 6 units
GED 696 Thesis 6 units
GED 697 Master's Comprehensive Exam 3 units

Related Links


Dr. Dorothy MacNevin
Email Dr. MacNevin
Phone Number: 909-869-2311
Office Location: Building 6, Room 219

Graduate Studies Coordinator:

Kelly Mitchell
Email Kelly
Phone Number: 909-869-2358
Office Location: Bldg 6, Room 220