Master of Arts in Special Education

This master's degree prepares teachers for work in the field of special education by providing a deep understanding of emerging concepts and practices partnered with field-based research and experience. The master's degree in special education is 36-38 units.

Unique Features

  • Full accreditation
  • Highly regarded by school districts
  • Evening classes
  • Personalized schedule and plan
  • Classes blend theory and practice

Degree Program

Special Education Program

Our Graduates

This masters degree is designed to allow for direct placement into, or advancement within, a special education program.


The following courses are part of this program. Please speak with an admissions counselor for specific course information.

Admissions Requirements

  • Application form and fee
  • Orientation interview
  • Three graduate reference forms
  • Academic writing sample
  • Official transcripts verifying BA/BS degree
  • Verification of negative TB test (within last 12 months)
  • Special education addendum
  • Technology recommendation: In order to prepare future teachers to effectively use technology, students are highly encouraged to have access to a laptop for all coursework and class meetings.
Your admissions counselor may require you review the following documents during your application.

Further Info

A minimum of 36 semester units of coursework is required for a master of arts in special education. If simultaneously applying for the master of arts and level II education specialist credential program, the candidate must possess a level I education specialist credential (as approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing) and be able to meet all requirements for the level II program. A candidate who seeks only the Master of Arts degree and does not desire a specialist credential will be required to have a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution. Advisement and an official program plan must be developed prior to the initiation of any coursework in the master of arts program.

The Master of Arts with a level II education specialist credential requires a minimum of 26 special education units, which include the completion of the level II requirements in one of the credential program areas plus one option.

The candidate wishing to pursue only a Master of Arts in Special Education must complete a total of 36 units. Ten -12 units must be completed in the Master of Arts Core. The remaining units will be comprised of special education courses. Candidates will meet with their site director to design an individualized plan which is at least 26 units total.

Program information and tuition subject to change.