Master of Education in Special Education

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 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.

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 the 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.

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.

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

  • SPED 280 Literacy Preparation in General Education K-12 (3 units)
  • SPED 282 Positive Behavior Support
  • SPED 290 Learning and Development for the Education Specialist (2 units)
  • SPED 291 Introduction to Inclusive Education: Legal, Ethical, & Educational Foundations (2 units)
  • SPED 292 Best Practices for the Education Specialist: Introduction to Assessment, Curriculum, & Case Management (3 units)
  • SPED 293 Educational & Assistive Technology for Mild/Moderate Disabilities (1 unit)
  • SPED 294 Teaching & Learning for Mild/Moderate Disabilities I + Fieldwork (4 units)
  • SPED 295 Universal Access for English Learners (2 units)
  • SPED 296 Health Education (1 unit)
  • SPED 297 Consultation, Communication, and Collaboration (2 units)
  • SPED 298 Teaching and Learning for Mild/Moderate Disabilities II + Fieldwork (6 units)
  • SPED 299 Assessment and Program Planning (3 units)

Required Master’s Courses (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

Application Requirements

Individuals completing their Education Specialist (Special Education) credential are automatically admitted to the Masters of Education in Special Education Program. 

Submit your application:

+ Email your unofficial transcripts and current resume to the KSOE Admission team.
+ Complete the online application for the Special Education Credential program
+ Upload your official transcripts and application materials

**If you have an International Transcript, the Registrar’s Office will ask you to have a professional agency evaluate your units. Please find a professional agency and request from them a per course breakdown with the course name and equivalent number of units. The agency will send a copy of your official international transcript and the evaluation of your units to Saint Mary’s College. Once this is done, we can add the evaluation to your application.

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