Special Education, MEd

Special Education, MEd

Why Special Education?

As a Special Education teacher, you understand the challenges and rewards of serving students with special needs. If you would like to build on your Saint Mary’s Education Specialist credential, the Master of Education in Special Education offers you the opportunity for further intensive study in field, including carrying out an original research study.

The program incorporates the coursework and field experiences completed for the Education Specialist (Mild/Moderate) credential here at Saint Mary’s, which must be completed in conjunction with the master’s degree.




Program Duration

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12 months (full-time), part-time available.


Learning Environment

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In-person, Monday–Thursday, afternoon/evening classes.


Average Class Size

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Small cohort sizes

Program Details

Course of study for the Master of Education in Special Education:

The master’s program requires the completion of either a research-based thesis or an applied synthesis project. Your thesis or project will be completed under the supervision of a faculty chair and reader. The master’s degree can be completed in as little as three terms, depending on the specific project undertaken by the student. 

Special Note: This program currently requires students to have completed an Education Specialist (Mild/Moderate) credential at Saint Mary’s College. 


Individuals completing their Education Specialist (Special Education) credential can be automatically admitted to the Masters of Education in Special Education Program. To view a list of program application deadlines, click here


What to expect after acceptance to the Master of Education in Special Education Program

+ Receive an Opt-in Letter
+ Receive your admissions letter
+ Accept your offer and pay your deposit
+ Begin your classes! 

Questions? Want to schedule a visit? Please contact ksoe@stmarys-ca.edu

Master of Education Special Education - Program Progression

Education Specialist Credential (Mild/Moderate) (32 units)

SPED 282 Positive Behavior Support

SPED 297 Consultation, Collaboration & Communication for the Ed Specialist

SPED 298 Teaching & Learning Mild/ Moderate Disabilities II (fieldwork)

MSTE 264 Curriculum & Instruction: Literacy II

Master of Education in Special Education (12 units)

  • SPED 430: Current Issues/Emerging Practices for Special Educators (3 units)
  • EDUC 572: Research Seminar I (3 units)
  • EDUC 582: Research Seminar II (3 units)
  • EDUC 592: Thesis or EDUC 597 (3 units) or Synthesis Project (3 units)

Total units for Credential and Master’s:  44