Interested in the MA Program ?
- Attend an Orientation.
- Meet all minimum requirements.
- Take and pass the MA Writing Assessment (scroll down to register)
- Submit complete application to department by deadline.
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. Kindly 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.
Working Toward MA
- Know your advisor.
- Complete Candidacy Form with your adviser after completion of EDSE 285
- Maintain all course grades with a 'B' or higher.
- Complete Masters Thesis Project.
- File for graduation!
MA Program: Requirements
30 Units total for the MA:
- 15 units (5 courses) of “electives” (coursework selected from one type of credential program and must include one of the courses about Autism Spectrum Disorders).
- 15 units (5 core courses) that provide instruction in designing a research project, language class, 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.
- 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:
MA Writing Assessment: You will be given a scholarly article related to an aspect of Special Education. Your task is to read and summarize the given article into two (2) pages.
You are allowed to bring a pen/pencil, highlighter, and a paper dictionary. Nothing else is permitted. Anyone found using any other resources, including the internet, will automatically be disqualified from the Writing Assessment.
To be prepared for the exam:
- Please bring your Tower ID Card (or any other valid form of identification for non-SJSU students).
- Plan accordingly to arrive on time. Anyone arriving late will forfeit their seat for the exam.
|Friday, January 17th, 2020||2:00pm - 4:30pm||SH211|
|Friday, February 28th, 2020||2:00pm - 4:30pm||SH211|
|Friday, March 20th, 2020||2:00pm - 4:30pm||SH211|
|Friday, April 17th, 2020||2:00pm - 4:30pm||SH211|
|Friday, May 15th, 2020||2:00pm - 4:30pm||SH211|
*Registration for the Writing Assessment is REQUIRED