Master of Education in Special Education

The best path to a Master’s in Special Education.

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 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)

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  (3 units)
  • EDUC 597    Synthesis Project  (3 units)

Total units for Credential and Master’s:  44