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Course Requirements

Candidates should not take more than two courses (six units) per term.

Completion of all requirements, including all examinations and coursework, must be met before a candidate may participate in the graduation ceremony or have their master’s degree posted. An Intent to Graduate Form must be completed by deadlines set by the Office of the Graduate Registrar and fees paid whether the candidate wishes to participate in the ceremony or not.

Core Coursework15 units
SPED 581
Historical and Philosophical Perspectives of Disabilities Studies
3
SPED 582
Theories of Learning and Research in Disabilities Studies
3
SPED 583
Current Trends in Curriculum and Disabilities Studies
3
SPED 584A
Guided Research Project: Procedures
3
SPED 584B
Guided Research Project: Findings
3
Required Advanced Courses*15 units
SPED 509
Technology in Special Education
3
SPED 510
Research Based Learning Theories
3
SPED 538
Special Education Issues: Mild/Moderate Disabilities
3
SPED 547
Implementation of Special Education Legislation
3
SPED 558
Advanced Theory and Research-based Practices for Supporting Students with Disabilities
3

*May use credential courses for advanced course requirements


Required Emphasis Courses
(Student selects one emphasis area.)
12 units
*15 units for emphasis in Emotional Disturbance (Behavioral Analysis)
Emphasis in Classroom Interventions12 units
SPED 513
Literacy and Math Prescriptives with Assistive Technology
3
SPED 515
Clinical Experiences in Teaching Reading and Writing (K–8)
3
SPED 540
Rtl/Brain-based Teaching and Learning: Math Disorders
3
SPED 546
Resource Specialist Communication Skills
3
Emphasis in Bilingual Special Education Strategies12 units
SPED 511
Language Development for All Students
3
SPED 532
Bilingual Special Education
3
Electives to be selected and approved by advisor6 units
Emphasis in Emotional Disturbance
(Behavior Analysis)
15 units
Note: Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) Coordinator must approve admission to this emphasis.
SPED 503
Behavior Support to Students with Moderate/Severe Disabilities
3
- or -
SPED 537
Theories and Interventions in Behavior Disorders^^^
3
SPED 504
Introduction to Behavior Analysis in Applied Settings
3
SPED 514
Advanced Behavior Analysis in Applied Settings
3
SPED 524
Advanced Topical Study: Applications and Ethics in Applied Behavior Analysis
3
SPED 534
Single-case Designs: Measurement and Experimental Evaluation of Behavior
3
*SPED 537 is a prerequisite for this emphasis.
Emphasis in Autisum Spectrum Disorders12 units
SPED 503
Behavior Support to Students with Moderate/Severe Disabilities
3
SPED 512
Autism Spectrum Disorders: From Theory to Practice
3
SPED 522
Collaboration and Communication Skills of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder
3
SPED 542
Meeting the Academic Needs of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder
3
Emphasis in Resource Specialist (RSP)12 units
SPED 546
Resource Specialist Communication Skills
3
SPED 547
Implementation of Special Education Legislation
3
SPED 548
Staff Development and Parent Education Techniques
3
SPED 549
Supervised Field Experience: Resource Specialist
3
Elective Courses6 units
(Select 6 units from the courses below. Elective units must be approved by advisor.)
EDPY 633
Multicultural and Bilingual Assessment and Intervention
3
EDUC 500
Advanced Computer Education
3
EDUC 501
Language Structure and Use
3
EDUC 502
Methods of Bilingual English Language Teaching
3
EDUC 503
Practical Approaches and Methods to Literacy Development for English Learners
3
EDUC 504
Teaching and Cultural Diversity*
3
EDUC 507
Family, Community, and School Connections
3
EDUC 574
Current Issues in Education
3
SPED 500
Special Topics
1–3
SPED 505
Educational Foundations and Classroom Management (K–12)
3
SPED 509
Technology in Special Education
3
SPED 511
Language Development for All Students*
3
SPED 515
Clinical Experiences in Teaching Reading and Writing (K–8)*
3
SPED 530
Introduction to Individual Differences and Strengths-based Education*
3
SPED 531
Assessment Issues and Methodologies Related to Student Learning*
3
SPED 535
Counseling, Collaboration, and Consultation*
3
SPED 536
Rtl/Brain-based Teaching and Learning: Reading and Written Language Arts Disorders*
3
SPED 537
Theories and Interventions in Behavior Disorders*
3
SPED 538
Special Education Issues: Mild/Moderate Disabilities*
3
SPED 540
Rtl/Brain-based Teaching and Learning: Math Disorders*
3
SPED 547
Implementation of Special Education Legislation
3
SPED 554
Advanced Study Teaching Special Populations
3
Total Elective Units6 units
Total Units for Master’s Degree42–45 units
*Preliminary Mild/Moderate Credential courses

Other Requirements

  • Comprehensive Exam offered three times each year: Fall I, Spring I, and Summer
  • Submit Intent to Graduate Form to the Graduate Registrar by deadline.

TaskStream

All School of Education degree, credential, and non-degree candidates must register for and establish an electronic portfolio account through TaskStream for the duration of their studies. The candidate’s electronic portfolio will be contributed to throughout the program of study and will include the course signature assignments and other key assessments as required by the candidate’s degree or credential program. The signature assignments are critical to program improvement efforts and to the School of Education’s continuing accreditation. A candidate’s final course grade for courses with a signature assignment cannot be submitted until all necessary assessments have been uploaded to TaskStream. Successful evaluation of the electronic portfolio is required for degree completion and/or recommendation for a credential to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC).

Note: Up-to-date schedule of course offerings can be found through the university’s Web portal, or with the assistance of the SPED site coordinator.

Frequently Asked Questions

How many units do I take each semester?
Students may take no more than 8 units per nine-week term, which includes a maximum of two methods or education classes and their corequisite field experiences (if appropriate).

How long is a semester?
Each semester has two terms (Fall I and Fall II, Spring I and Spring II). Each term is nine weeks in length. The 18-week student teaching semester covers Fall I and II or Spring I and II.

How many hours does each class session require?
Each class requires that students meet for approximately 4 hours and 15 minutes, once a week.

How many evenings per week do I attend classes?
Students meet one night a week for nine weeks, plus a Saturday final exam session.

Does APU require theses, dissertations, or capstone projects?
Students are required to complete a thesis/capstone project for this program.

How soon can I finish this program?
This program can be completed in a year. Depending upon the desired course load, working individuals usually finish this program in 12–18 months.

Note: This information is current for the 2013–14 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.