MA Program

Interested in the MA Program?

  1. Attend an Orientation.
  2. Meet all minimum requirements.
  3. Take and pass the MA Writing Assessment (registration required).
  4. Submit complete application to department by deadline.

Working Toward MA

  1. Know your adviser.
  2. Complete Candidacy Form with your adviser after completion of EDSE 285.
  3. Maintain all course grades with a 'B' or higher.
  4. Complete Masters Thesis Project.
  5. File for graduation!

   The Department of Special Education offers a Master of Arts Degree in Education with an emphasis in Special Education. This 30-unit program is designed to prepare students for leadership roles in Special Education through a core curriculum and elective coursework in areas of specialization: 

  • Mild-Moderate Disabilities
  • Moderate-Severe Disabilities
  • Early Childhood Special Education

The program of study for a Master's degree is designed to offer a combination of core curriculum, elective coursework, and methodology courses in Special Education research. Please click here to view the list of requirements to complete the MA program.


MA Program

  • The MA in Education with a Concentration in Special Education is a rigorous program designed to give an opportunity to candidates with experience in the field to ask questions about practices, policies, educational strategies or attitudes that can be answered by conducting a research project. The candidates utilize their experiences and knowledge from courses to design a research study that investigates an issue.


MA Program: Requirements

30 Units total for the MA:

  • 18 units (6 courses) of “electives” (coursework from the credential programs and must include one of the courses about Autism Spectrum Disorders)
  • 12 units (4 courses) that provide instruction in designing a research project, getting university approval to conduct research (IRB Proposal), writing a literature review to identify any related studies that support the study and summarizing research results
  • MA Application with two letters of recommendation (if in the credential program) or three letters of recommendation if not in the credential program
  • Statistics Class
  • GPA of 3.0 to apply; Maintain a 3.0 GPA (SJSU policy), and earn a B or an A in every course (Department policy)while in the program
  • Certificate of Clearance


 MA Courses (designing and completing a study)

  • EDSE 285: Seminar on Issues Related to Teaching Exceptional Individuals- Fall semester.
  • EDSE 231: Issues and Research in Special Education- Spring semester (semester following EDSE 285).
  • EDSE 231X: Educational Research: Design and Implementation- Fall semester (semester following EDSE 231)
  • EDSE 220: Research Seminar- Spring semester (semester following EDSE 231X).


**Please note that the State of California does not allow a person to teach in a public school with just a Master Degree of Arts. Prospective teachers must have completed a credential program in an area of interest to work in the public school setting. 

 MA Writing Assessment:

Date Time Location
Friday, September 25, 2015 2:00pm - 4:45pm SH 230
Friday, October 23, 2015 2:00pm - 4:45pm SH 230
Friday, November 20, 2015 2:00pm - 4:45pm SH 230
Friday, December 11, 2015 2:00pm - 4:45pm SH 230

Please click on this link to register: 
Registration for the Writing Assessment is REQUIRED.