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:
- 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.
- 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).
- 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:
- Meet the prerequisites specified above.
- Fill out the CSU Graduate Application (online at www.csumentor.edu).
- Once you have received your letter of admission, make an appointment with Kelly Mitchell (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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
|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
|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
|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
|GED 695||Project||6 units|
|GED 696||Thesis||6 units|
|GED 697||Master's Comprehensive Exam||3 units|