Master of Education in Special Education with a Preliminary Ed Specialist Credential: Mild/Moderate with Internship Option (California)

Master of Education
in Special Education

with Preliminary Education Specialist Credential
Mild to Moderate Support Needs Teaching Credential with
Internship Option (California)

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Program Overview

The Master of Education in Special Education with a Preliminary Education Specialist Credential: Mild to Moderate Support Needs (MMSN) program is designed to provide candidates with critical skills needed to teach in inclusive classrooms serving children with disabilities. The program is designed for courses to be taken in sequential order. The program provides candidates with the opportunity to gain professional understanding, integrate research-based teaching practices with appropriate assessment of student work, meet the needs of diverse learners, and learn and apply the principles of specially designed instruction in the 21st century classroom and global learning community. The program provides candidates with critical skills in laws and policies, positive behavior management and assessment needed to teach in inclusive classroom settings.

The program provides the knowledge and skills needed to successfully teach and impact the lives of students who have mild to moderate learning support needs. This program explores the range of educational learning problems and applies the latest teaching strategies to enhance the performance of students, no matter their abilities. The program focusses on practical field-based experience that helps candidates understand and critically evaluate educational practices and provides strategies that can be immediately applied in teaching practices,

The M.Ed. in Special Education is aligned with the new Education Specialist Authorizations and Standards of the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC). This program also allows candidates to obtain a Preliminary Education Specialist Credential: MMSN Credential with Intern Option (CA) as part of the master’s degree. The Master of Education is ideal for educators looking to move into leadership roles or improve their own instructional strategies.

 

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Course Details

Course Listing

Core Requirements Mild/Moderate

  • 11 courses; 49.5 quarter units

Course Name

Foundational preparation in special education pedagogy, law, typical/atypical human development, classroom/behavior management, SEL, literacy, inclusive HLP, UDL, technology, diversity, and teaching English learners. This is one of three courses to meet the required 120 hours course contact time, as one of the requirements for an internship.

PrerequisiteSED 601

This course will address how to design ways to establish, maintain, and monitor inclusive learning environments by using an array of positive behavior supports ensuring each student is treated fairly and respectfully by adults and peers, thrives through social-emotional growth, and expresses appropriate developmental and individual responsibility.

Examines psychological, socio-cultural, linguistic, and other factors influencing development, learning, and the full range of learners, including English Learners, standard-English learners, students with exceptionalities, and students with other needs. Considers a variety of data to identify appropriate strategies and community-based resources to support all learners and their families.

PrerequisiteITL 604

Examines theories and research regarding typical and atypical child and adolescent development and learning. Considers various data collection and assessment techniques guiding the selection of effective instructional strategies, practices, resources, and technologies needed to create environments supporting the full range of learners and provide equitable access to the curriculum.

PrerequisiteITL 606

Candidates integrate principles of learning theories and factors influencing human development when designing instruction and evaluating instructional effectiveness. Candidates will utilize a four-stage cyclical model of planning, teaching, analyzing and reflecting in the process of learning-and-teaching to ensure all students equitable access to the curriculum.

PrerequisiteSED 605; ITL 608

The course will address the legal responsibilities of teachers related to student health care plans to support a safe environment and implement specialized health care regulations and technology, including how to support movement, mobility, and sensory, procedures and assistive technology, augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). The course includes an introductory study of atypical development associated with various disabilities as well as resilience and protective factors. The course will utilize assessment data for planning and implementing appropriate transition options including issues related to traumatic brain injury and providing support for students with disabilities to acquire responsibility for learning and self-advocacy. This course will also include effective conflict resolutions techniques that use communication, collaboration, and mediation approaches to address conflicts and disagreements that may arise during the facilitation of an IEP meeting or collaboration with other professionals.

PrerequisiteSED 606

Using research-based theories, methods, and strategies designed for students with disabilities, aligned with CA-CCSS and the California ELA/ELD framework, Education Specialist candidates will learn to assess, instruct and provide interventions for foundational listening, speaking, reading, writing, and language for all learners in the PK-12 classrooms.

PrerequisiteSED 607

Course provides substantive, research-based instruction that effectively prepares candidates to assess and teach literacy to students with MMSN and ESN. Through a case study, candidates will administer and analyze a variety of reading/writing assessments, develop IEP goals specific to data from the assessments and plan lessons that promote student access and achievement in mastering literacy standards.

PrerequisiteITL 512

Analysis of how elementary children think and learn mathematics. Research-based approaches enabling students to think critically and develop math proficiency. Developmentally appropriate instructional strategies for an integrative approach to teaching mathematics using content areas of visual and performing arts, social science, and STEM.

PrerequisiteITL 516

Research-based assessments and strategies within multi-tiered systems address the behavioral and social emotional needs of learners with disabilities. Will explore development of functional behavioral assessments, positive behavior support plans, and behavioral intervention plans. Will work collaboratively to minimize disruptive behaviors and increase adaptive behaviors and social emotional learning skills.

PrerequisiteSED 610

This course provides a comprehensive overview of the professional, legal, and ethical practices for educators. Candidates explore in-depth federal/case law that contribute to the placement, instruction, and service delivery in addition to the privacy issues in special education. The course addresses federal and state courts’ interpretation of statutes and regulations of special education service delivery, IEPs, transition plans, and related services for learners with mild to moderate support needs and with extensive support needs.

*Pre-requisite requirement not applicable to to students enrolled in Special Education programs.

Mild/Moderate Specialized Requirements

  • 3 courses; 13.5 quarter units

Course Name

PrerequisiteSED 615

This course provides candidates with knowledge in identifying students with mild/moderate disabilities and their needs for service delivery, placement, IEP development and instruction. The course will address how to apply knowledge of the purposes, characteristics, and appropriate uses of different types of assessments and how to apply evidenced-based high leverage practices with a range of student needs. Candidates will recognize how mild/moderate disabilities affect students in their ability to learn the California core curriculum. In addition, candidates will examine effective strategies to coordinate and collaborate with paraprofessionals and other adults in the classroom.

PrerequisiteMMS 617

Emphasize the use of formal and informal assessments and curriculum-based measures to determine learning strengths/challenges of students with MMSN. Examine appropriate selection of assessment tools and methods, administration, and analysis of data to determine present level of performance, write IEP goals, and plan instruction for students with MMSN.

PrerequisiteMMS 623

Examine the roles and responsibilities of the educational specialist in a multi-disciplinary team to develop effective multi-tiered intervention plans. Design a comprehensive process for the collaboration and coordination of services and transition support across grade levels for students with MMSN.

Student Teaching Mild/Moderate

  • 4 courses; 9 quarter units

Course Name

PrerequisiteMMS 623; CorequisiteMMS 625A OR; MMS 627A

Student Teaching “A” Courses Description: This is the culminating course taken concurrently with Student Teaching for preliminary authorization programs in Mild/Moderate Support Needs or Extensive Support Needs -Moderate/Severe. The seminar courses are 2.25 quarter units each and will be taken concurrently with clinical practice courses.

PrerequisiteMMS 623; CorequisiteMMS 629A OR; MMS 627A

First half (8 weeks) of supervised student teaching for M/M authorization. Establishment of 300 of 600 total hours. Clinical practice placement in a district-university approved California TK-12 special education classroom. Grading is S, U or In Progress (IP).

PrerequisiteMMS 629A; CorequisiteMMS 625B OR; MMS 629B

Student Teaching “B” Courses Description: This is the culminating course taken concurrently with Student Teaching for preliminary authorization programs in Mild/Moderate Support Needs or Extensive Support Needs -Moderate/Severe. The seminar courses are 2.25 quarter units each and will be taken concurrently with clinical practice courses.

PrerequisiteMMS 625A; CorequisiteMMS 629B

Second half (8 weeks) of student teaching experience toward the M/M authorization. Establishment of 300 of 600 total hours. Clinical practice placement in a district-university approved California TK-12 special education classroom. Grading is S, U or In Progress (IP).

OR

Internship Extensive Support Needs

  • 4 courses; 9 quarter units

Course Name

PrerequisiteMMS 623; CorequisiteMMS 625A OR; MMS 627A

Student Teaching “A” Courses Description: This is the culminating course taken concurrently with Student Teaching for preliminary authorization programs in Mild/Moderate Support Needs or Extensive Support Needs -Moderate/Severe. The seminar courses are 2.25 quarter units each and will be taken concurrently with clinical practice courses.

PrerequisiteMMS 623; CorequisiteMMS 629A

First half (4 months) of intern experiences as a teacher of record required for an Education Specialist Credential with a M/M authorization. Grading is S, U or In Progress (IP)

PrerequisiteMMS 629A; CorequisiteMMS 625B OR; MMS 629B

Student Teaching “B” Courses Description: This is the culminating course taken concurrently with Student Teaching for preliminary authorization programs in Mild/Moderate Support Needs or Extensive Support Needs -Moderate/Severe. The seminar courses are 2.25 quarter units each and will be taken concurrently with clinical practice courses.

PrerequisiteMMS 627A; CorequisiteMMS 629B

Second half (4 months) of intern experiences as a teacher of record in second half of practicum experience required for an Education Specialist Credential with a M/M authorization. Grading is S, U or In Progress (IP)

Additional Internship Clinical Support

  • 1-4 courses; 2.25-9 quarter units

CTC mandates that interns must be supported during their entire clinical practice experience. Students who do not complete the credential program by the end of MMS 627B, will be required to enroll in additional clinical supervision support classes until all requirements are satisfied.

Course Name

Continued Internship Support for Mild/Moderate teacher candidates, which provides targeted support for their internship as required by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC). This 4-month (2.25 units) course will be repeated by individual interns until they have successfully completed all the credential requirements for the Preliminary Education Specialist Credential with Authorization in Mild/Moderate. Does not grant graduate units towards graduate degree.

Continued Internship Support for Mild/Moderate teacher candidates, which provides targeted support for their internship as required by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC). This 4-month (2.25 units) course will be repeated by individual interns until they have successfully completed all the credential requirements for the Preliminary Education Specialist Credential with Authorization in Mild/Moderate. Does not grant graduate units towards graduate degree.

Continued Internship Support for Mild/Moderate teacher candidates, which provides targeted support for their internship as required by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC). This 4-month (2.25 units) course will be repeated by individual interns until they have successfully completed all the credential requirements for the Preliminary Education Specialist Credential with Authorization in Mild/Moderate. Does not grant graduate units towards graduate degree.

Continued Internship Support for Mild/Moderate teacher candidates, which provides targeted support for their internship as required by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC). This 4-month (2.25 units) course will be repeated by individual interns until they have successfully completed all the credential requirements for the Preliminary Education Specialist Credential with Authorization in Mild/Moderate. Does not grant graduate units towards graduate degree.

Master’s Capstone Requirements

  • 2 courses; 9 quarter units

Course Name

This course is designed to provide the student with the basic knowledge and skills required to read, interpret and evaluate both quantitative and qualitative educational research in order to determine if research results have implications for program, curriculum or instructional decisions.

Apply knowledge, skills, and dispositions to complete a culminating project. Candidates will identify a topic of interest in their classroom, school, or district; conduct a review of the literature on the topic of their choice; and design a process to gather information on the topic. Grading is H, S, or U only. Course is eligible for In Progress (IP) grade.

Degree and Course Requirements

To receive a Master of Education in Special Education with a Preliminary Education Specialist Credential Mild to Moderate Support Needs (MMSN) candidates must complete at least 81 quarter units. Students must complete 54 units in residence at National University. The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) mandates that Interns as well as Student Teachers be supported during the internship or clinical practice experience.  Further information on graduate admission and evaluation can be found in the Academic Information for Graduate Degrees section of the catalog.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Integrate knowledge/skills to engage and support all Mild/Moderate Support Needs Students in learning.
  • Synthesize and apply knowledge of how to organize subject matter for learning of Students with Mild/Moderate Support Needs.
  • Integrate knowledge/skills to engage and support all Mild/Moderate Support Needs Students in learning.
  • Integrate knowledge needed for planning instruction and designing learning experiences for Students with Mild/Moderate Support Needs.
  • Integrate knowledge /skills to administer and analyze formal and informal assessments to determine eligibility, inform instruction, and identify research-based interventions for all learners with Mild/Moderate Support Needs.
  • Integrate knowledge to meet legal, ethical, and professional obligations to advocate for all learners with Mild/Moderate Support Needs.
  • Reflect critically on the application of professional beliefs and teaching/learning principles necessary to work collaboratively with all stakeholders including families, other professionals, and community members serving Students with Mild/Moderate Support Needs.
  • Critique current research in Special Education Theory and Practices within inclusive and culturally responsive frameworks.
  • Demonstrate competence in the application of research methods including critiquing and synthesizing current, evidence-based Education Literature.
  • Synthesize Research Methodology and findings as a Professional Educator, Life-Long Learner, and Scholar (consumer and producer of research).

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