Interested in the MA Program?
- Attend an Orientation.
- Meet all minimum requirements.
- Take and pass the MA Writing Assessment (registration required).
- Submit complete application to department by deadline.
Working Toward MA
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.
- 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:
|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.