|EDUU 511||Collaboration For Inclusive Schooling for current special education credential||3|
|Core (18 credits)|
|EDUU 600||Research and Evaluation Methods||
|EDUU 630||Leadership and Policy in Special Education||
|EDUU 631||Program Development and Organization in Special Education||
|EDUU 632||Advanced Assessment and Program Evaluation in Special Education||
|EDUU 661||Collaboration in Special Education||
|EDUU 633||Special Education Capstone||
|Emphasis Area Elective Courses||
|When applying, students must select one emphasis area from the options below.||
MA in Special Education, Teaching and Learning
This degree program prepares teachers looking to be special education instructors that can advocate for social justice and protect the dignity of those with disabilities.
Teaching & Learning Special Education Program Overview
The Master of Arts in Special Education with an emphasis in Teaching and Learning provides you with advanced knowledge based on the Council for Exceptional Children’s Advanced Content Standards to address educational learning needs and improve teaching strategies to enhance student performance. Graduates will still be required to complete courses for the preliminary education specialist credential.
As a student, you will:
- Use data based strategies to meet the individual needs of students with disabilities.
- Implement evidence-based instructional and behavioral strategies to meet the varied needs of students across the autism spectrum.
- Apply ECSE best practice in all aspects of service coordination and delivery.
- Design behavior intervention which targets and defines a socially significant behavior, creates data collection tools, implements behavior change procedures and evaluates progress.
- Apply pedagogical concepts in educational settings to meet the diverse needs of students with disabilities.
University of Massachusetts Global is accredited by the WSCUC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC)
University of Massachusetts Global's School of Education is accredited by the California Commission on Teaching Credentialing.
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I took the Autism classes [through Extended Education] and found the passion of special education, which I really never thought of as an option. I finished the Autism program and enrolled in the Master of Special Education. I have learned to reflect on my teaching and determine if I am reaching all students and on how to better reach any struggling students.
MA, Special Education
Compared to a brick and mortar, the professors are more open and I was able to learn better from them. The online community is what kept me going. I think this is the first time in my life that I can say I am proud of myself.
MA in Special Education, Behavior Analysis
My first experience with Brandman* was when I was a special education teacher when my district paired up with them for an autism certificate. I liked it because I was able to still work and do everything else I needed to do.
MA, Educational Leadership and Administration
Applicants for this program must complete the formal application process with all required documents, which include:
- Completed application
- 2.75 grade point average (GPA)
- Hold a current special education teaching credential or take EDUU 511 Collaboration For Inclusive Schooling
- Have one year of induction completed or hold a valid California Education Specialist Clear Induction Teaching Credential earned through a CTC approved Induction Program
- Official transcripts from all regionally accredited institutions where baccalaureate and/or post-baccalaureate coursework was completed or attempted
Only credits from regionally accredited institutions may be accepted in transfer. Failure to report any previous academic work at another college or university may be considered a violation of academic integrity.
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Emphasis Block Transfer (12 credits) :University of Massachusetts Global awards a block of 12 semester credits for successful completion of an Education Specialist Clear Induction Credential Program. Please see an advisor for more details.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Learn more about special education and strategies that can prepare you for the classroom.
What are key characteristics of a special education teacher?
There are many characteristics that are essential for teachers who work with special needs students. Some examples include:
- They are active listeners
- They have strong social perception skills
- They understand how to support different learning styles
- They’re adept at complex problem solving
- They are service oriented
Find out more about these qualities and explore if this helping profession is right for you.
What is the difference between special education and inclusive education?
Historically, students with disabilities were segregated from general education peers in public schools, which was the typical scenario referred to by the term “special education.” Today, many schools are restructuring to move toward an “inclusive education” model, wherein general education and special needs students learn together in the same classroom. Get strategies for fostering inclusive learning.