Masters Program Requirement

Prerequisite courses to be completed with a grade of "B" or better:

  • Upper Division Writing Course (306)
  • ESPE 530. Introduction to Special Education (4)
  • ESPE 531. Methods and Procedures in Special Education (4)

Degree Requirements (52 units)

Core course requirements (36 units)

  • ESPE 514 Curriculum and Methods for Diverse Learners with Disabilities (4 units)
  • ESPE 610 Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders (4 units)
  • ESPE 611 Assessment Methods in Special Education (4 units)
  • ESPE 612 Supportive Learning Environments for Students with Disabilities (4 units)
  • ESPE 625 Collaboration and Consultation in Special Education (4 units)
  • ESPE 627 Education of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (4 units)
  • ESPE 602 Research in Special Education (4 units)
  • ESPE 601 Legal and Historical Foundations of Special Education (4 units)
  • ESPE 603 Critical Issues and Problems in Special Education (4 units)

Emphasis course requirements (12 units)

Student must choose ONE of the following:

  • Early Childhood Special Education option
    ESPE 615 Seminar on Language and Literacy in Early Childhood Special Education (4 units)
    ESPE 672 Methods in Early Childhood Special Education I (4 units)
    ESPE 673 Methods in Early Childhood Special Education II (4 units)
  • Mild to Moderate Disabilities option
    ESPE 613 Seminar in Literacy Learning for Students with Disabilities (4 units)
    ESPE 642 Methods in Mild/Moderate Disabilities I (4 units)
    ESPE 643 Methods in Mild/Moderate Disabilities II (4 units)
  • Moderate to Severe Disabilities option
    ESPE 613 Seminar in Literacy Learning for Students with Disabilities (4 units)
    ESPE 662 Methods for Students with Moderate/Severe Disabilities I (4 units)
    ESPE 663 Methods for Students with Moderate/Severe Disabilities II (4 units)

Culminating experience (4 units)

Students must choose ONE of the following options to demonstrate the graduate exit writing requirement:

  • ESPE 600 Master of Science in Special Education Project (4 units)
  • ESPE 999 Special Education Comprehensive Exam (0 units)*
    * When Option 2 is chosen, students must take one (4.0 units) of the following courses: 
    ESPE 653 Seminar on Moderate/Severe Disabilities (4 units)
    ESPE 657 Seminar on Mild/Moderate Disabilities (4 units)