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2012-2013 Catalog 
2012-2013 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Education: Special Education Specialization, M.A.

The Master of Arts in Education provides advance preparation for educational professionals.

Special Education Specialization - 30 units

The Special Education Specialization prepares teachers and professionals for leadership roles in the field of special education and disabilities. Completion of this degree prepares graduates to further expand their knowledge of individuals with disabilities of diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds. It equips practitioners with the knowledge of best practice and policies for working with students with disabilities and their families.


The Master of Arts in Education with the Special Education Specialization prepares graduates for leadership positions in the field of special education and disabilities. These leaders can develop, implement, and evaluate programs and policies for individuals with disabilities; mentor special education teachers and allied professionals; conduct professional development and research; serve on policy committees; and advocate for the rights of individuals with disabilities.

Admission Requirements

  1. Application — Apply to both the University Admissions office and the School of Education.
  2. One Set of Official Transcripts — One official set of transcripts from each of the colleges or universities attended must be mailed directly to the CI Admissions office. Cumulative grade point average of 3.0 is required to be accepted into the Master of Arts in Education Special Education Program.
  3. Two Letters of Recommendation — Two letters of recommendation from professionals who are knowledgeable of the candidate’s professional work.
  4. Interview. Interview with the School of Education Admissions Committee.
  5. Writing Sample — A written statement of purpose (500-600 word essay) describing why the candidate desires to obtain a Master of Education in Special Education. This essay will include reflection on personal and professional goals and the ways in which the knowledge and skills will be developed to achieve these goals.


An approved teaching credential and teaching experience.

Select either:


* (MA students in the Special Education Specialization must take 3 units of EDUC 616  or 3 units of EDUC 618  or 3 units of EDUC 619 .)


Program Maintenance Requirements: Students must maintain a grade point average of 3.0 (B) or better with no course grades lower than a C+. The progress of students in meeting this requirement and in progressing toward completion in a timely manner will be monitored at the conclusion of each term.

Graduate Writing Assessment Requirement

Writing proficiency for the awarding of the degree is demonstrated by successful completion of EDUC 605 - Education in a Diverse Society , with a grade of B or higher.