MA Program

Interested in the MA Program ?

  1. Attend an Orientation.
  2. Meet all minimum requirements.
  3. Take and pass the MA Writing Assessment (scroll down to register)
  4. 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.

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

  1. Know your advisor.
  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!

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.
Date Time Location
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


Register for MA Writing Assessment

*Registration for the Writing Assessment is REQUIRED