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

Tanja N.
Tanja N. Class of 2016


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The MS in Special Education program includes four-week courses.
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Program Overview

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The Master of Education in Special Education with a Preliminary Education Specialist Credential: Mild/Moderate (M/M) provides you with the knowledge and skills needed to be an effective teacher and have a profound impact on the lives of students. This program is aligned with the Education Specialist Authorizations and standards of the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC). You’ll gain a professional understanding of the needs of diverse learners, explore the range of learning challenges for students, and implement strategies that improve student performance, regardless of ability.

This program is for professionals who are interested in advancing into leadership roles, or those who want to strengthen instructional strategies. Through this program, you are also eligible to receive a credential as part of the master’s degree.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Create and sustain learning environments that support inclusive practices under the Multi-tiered System of Support (MTSS) framework, principles of universal design, and positive behavioral and social-emotional supports.
  • Provide individualized support for all TK-12 learners with M/M from diverse backgrounds with a wide spectrum of physical, sensory, developmental, academic, behavioral and social-emotional needs
  • Make subject matter accessible and comprehensible through a collaborative multidisciplinary team approach.
  • Use a strength-based, continuous improvement, and evidence-based framework to design and plan inclusive learning activities.
  • Administer and analyze formal and informal assessments to determine eligibility, inform instruction, and identify research-based interventions.
  • Integrate the knowledge to meet legal, ethical, and professional obligations as an educational specialist and advocate.
  • Reflect critically on the application of professional beliefs and teaching/learning principles necessary to work collaboratively with TK-12 learners with M/M, families, other professionals and community members
  • Critique current research in special credential area and a diverse student population.

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