Education Department

Special Education

Master of Arts Degree, Special Education Option

The mission of our program is to create educational professionals who integrate research with practice, demonstrate innovative pedagogy, and are leaders in the diverse schools of the 21st century.

Our program is a regional leader in preparing exemplary and passionate special education professionals. We develop special education professionals to use best practices to teach, support, and advocate for their students with disabilities and their families with excellence, integrity and high expectations.

Program at a Glance 

Current credential students can seamlessly transfer from the credential program to the MA program. 

  • All courses are held in the evening
  • Courses are offered as hybrids (50% face to face) or online
  • Rolling admissions make entering the program at any time of year convenient
  • Students may enroll as either full or part time students and complete their program in as little as 3 semesters
  • Students may use up to two credential courses towards their required 30 semester units of MA coursework, shortening time to graduation and make their degree cost effective
  • The size of our program means more personalized attention from faculty and greater chance to get to know other candidates

Courses in Special Education

Click here to view a list of courses

Click here to view courses for the Combined Education Specialist Credential & Master’s Program

M.A. Handbook

M.A. Handbook (Special Education Emphasis) (pdf)

Further information may be obtained by contacting the program advisor:

Dr. Heather Taylor 
(909) 869-4595

Graduate Spotlight

"The education and leadership experience that I have received at Cal Poly Pomona are invaluable. Throughout my education, I have made lifelong connections with students, faculty, and staff. I continue to collaborate with many previous classmates sharing resources and discussing our daily intrinsic rewards as teachers. With the support of Cal Poly Pomona, I have grown to become a successful and confident education specialist."

--Rochelle Goodman, M.A. Ed

Rochelle Goodman