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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 12 units*

(Student selects one emphasis area. For details on emphasis requirements, select a link below.)

*15 units for emphasis in Emotional Disturbance (Behavioral Analysis)

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
Elective Courses (continued)6 units
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 Degree 42

*Preliminary Mild/Moderate Credential courses

Other Requirements

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.

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.