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Special Education Masters Degree Program and Credentials

The Special Education program offers a master’s degree and the preliminary education specialist credential program with mild/moderate authorization. The special education master’s degree with emphasis in mild/moderate disabilities only requires on additional course. A master’s degree with deaf and hard of hearing is also offered through our partnership with the John Tracy Clinic in Los Angeles. The master’s degree with deaf and hard of hearing authorization provides birth to 22 credential preparation. The master’s degree is imbedded in the deaf and hard of hearing credential program. The credential and degree programs are nationally recognized by the Council for Exceptional Children. Candidates use an action research inquiry based model to demonstrate their credential and master’s degree competency through the use of a performance-based folio.

The Special Education credential program offers the Preliminary Education Specialist credential with mild to moderate disabilities and deaf and hard of hearing.

General Admission Requirements

All special education program graduate credential and/or degree candidates must meet the Department of Learning and Teaching requirements for admission described in this course catalog.

MEd in Special Education Credential with Mild to Moderate Disabilities Authorization

I. Level I Education Specialist Credentials (with Mild to Moderate Authorization

MEd Degree Program Requirements

  • Minimum of 30 graduate units of coursework (Student teaching units do not count towards 30 MEd units);
  • Passing rating for action research inquiry based poster presentation; and,
  • Meet all Department of Learning and Teaching requirements for MEd

Prerequisite Foundations Coursework (must be completed by beginning of second semester of enrollment)

EDSP 589 Health Environments/Inclusive Education in a Global Society (3)
EDU 558XB First and Second Language Development and Structure for the Classroom Teacher (3)
Available online through the USD Division of Continuing Education.

Level I Preliminary Education Specialist Credential: Foundation Block Coursework

EDSP 573 Diverse Family Systems & Transitions (3)
EDSP 574 Global Perspectives and Foundations in Special Education (3)
EDUC 500 Research Design and Methodology (3)

Preliminary Education Specialization Graduate Methods

1. Mild to Moderate Disabilities Authorization Requirements

EDSP 570 Assessment Identification to Transition in Special Education (3)
EDSP 571 Positive Behavior and Instruction Management in Special Education (3)
EDSP 572 Language Variance and Assistive Technology (3)
EDSP 575P Evidence Based Inclusion Practices Mild/Moderate Disabilities (3)

Required General Education Methods Block Subject Matter Competency Coursework

EDUC 575P Elementary Curriculum and Methods for Special Educators (3)
EDUC 583P Methods of Teaching Reading & Language Arts in Elementary (3)
EDUC 584C Methods of Teaching English Language and Academic Development in Crosscultural Contexts (3)

Student Teaching in Special Education Field-Based Coursework

EDSP 590P Student Teaching Mild to Moderate Disabilities (6)

It is possible to obtain the preliminary Multiple Subject Credential in conjunction with the Education Specialist Teaching Credential program described above with two additional courses. If the preliminary Multiple Subject Credential is sought, a semester of full-time student teaching in a regular education classroom is also required. Detailed information is available from the School of Leadership and Education Sciences.

II. Level II Professional Education Specialist Credential (with English Learner Authorization)

MEd Common Degree Program Requirements

The Level II Professional Education Specialist Program is in transitional mode. A teacher holding a Level I Education Specialist Credential with English Learner Authorization must complete a Level II credential to clear the special education credential. The Level II program of study is available to any teacher holding a Level I Education Specialist Credential from any teaching commission approved teacher preparation agency. The Level II coursework is scheduled to be discontinued at the end of Summer 2013. A candidate may add the Level II coursework to a master’s degree program as part of their 30 units of graduate work if other credential coursework has been waived

  • Minimum of 30 graduate units of coursework (Student teaching units do not count towards 30 MEd units);
  • Passing rating on final MEd electronic portfolio;
  • Passing rating for action research inquiry based poster presentation; and,
  • Meet all Department of Learning and Teaching requirements for MEd

Level II Professional Education Specialist Credential: Common Core

EDSP 598 Education Specialist Roles and Responsibilities (3)
EDSP 593F Field-Based Induction Plan (3)
EDSP 597F Field-Based Research in Special Education
EDUC 500 Research Design and Methodology (3)

Level II Professional Education Specialist Specializations

1. Mild/Moderate Disabilities Requirements

EDSP 594 Advanced Behavior Analysis and Positive Behavior Supports (3)
EDSP 594F Field-Based Advanced Behavior Analysis and Positive Behavior Supports (1)
EDSP 596 Assessment for Curriculum Decisions (3)
EDSP 596F Field-Based Assessment for Curriculum Decisions (1)

2. Early Childhood Disabilities Requirements

EDSP 595 Leadership and Management Skills (3)
EDSP 595F Field-Based Leadership and Management Skills ( 1)

3. Moderate/Severe Disabilities Requirements

EDSP 594 Advanced Behavior Analysis and Positive Behavior Supports (3)
EDSP 594F Field-Based Advanced Behavior Analysis and Positive Behavior Supports (1)

MEd in Special Education/Deaf and Hard of Hearing Emphasis and Deaf and Hard of Hearing Credential

In partnership with the John Tracy Clinic in Los Angeles, graduate students can earn a master’s and credential in the Education Specialist: Deaf and Hard of Hearing/English Learner Authorization program. The USD/JTC DHH Graduate Program offers a professional development school model where graduate students are immersed in the daily services offered to children and families at John Tracy Clinic. The program is designed for teachers who want to specialize in auditory-verbal education, which focuses on listening and spoken language. There are two program of study options: 1) a one-year full time graduate student program at the JTC campus in Los Angeles, and 2) a two-year Distance Learning: Working Professionals program. The two-year option requires concurrent employment in an Listening and Spoken Language “Center of Excellence” as outlined in the Alexander Graham Bell Association’s “Components of a Quality Auditory-Oral Program.” The Distance Learning Program requires two summer residencies of one month each at the John Tracy Clinic in Los Angeles. For additional information, go to www.jtc.org and click on “Professional Education.” Both the Preliminary Education Specialist credential and the Clear Induction Professional Education Specialist credentials with English Learner Authorization are offered through the John Tracy Clinic.

  • 44 units and 16 courses.
  • Experiences in classroom settings using listening and spoken language.
  • Practicum experiences in a Reggio Emilia preschool setting
  • Participation in Auditory-Verbal therapy and inclusive educational settings.
  • Hands-on fieldwork with parents and their children with hearing loss (birth to age five) and,
  • Extensive experience with children who use cochlear implants

Program Prerequisites

Academic Requirements (B, C, and D are met with a Multiple Subject or Single Subject Credential)
A. American Sign Language and Deaf Culture
B. Typical/Atypical Child Development
C. Teaching Reading and Writing
D. Regular Education fieldwork
E. GPA of 3.0 in undergraduate and graduate coursework

Examinations
A. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) [minimum score of 1000]
For candidates seeking California Credential:
B. California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) or CSET: Writing Skills Assessment.
C. California Subject Examination for Teachers: Multiple Subjects (CSET)
D. Reading Instruction Competency Assessment (RICA)
E. U.S. Constitution course or examination

Other Requirements
A. Personal interview and written essay
B. Three letters of recommendation (all academic)
C. TOEFL. Required for prospective students for whom English is a second language
D. See www.ctc.ca.gov for more information on California Credentials

The coursework is described as it would be taught in the one-year California Credential and Master’s Program on-site. Each course is either a prerequisite or a co-requisite with each sequentially numbered course.

Summer (8 units)
EDSP 550 DHH: Multiple Perspectives (3)
EDSP 551 DHH: Auditory-Verbal Foundations (2)
EDSP 552 DHH: Early Intervention Theory (3)

Fall (16 units)
EDSP 552P DHH: Early Intervention Practicum (3)
EDSP 553 DHH: Providing Support to Families (2)
EDSP 554 DHH: Audiology—Diagnostics (2)
EDSP 556 DHH: Language in Early Childhood (3)
EDSP 557 DHH: Auditory-Verbal Principles (3)
EDSP 558 DHH: Early Childhood Curricula (3)

Spring (16 units)
EDSP 555 DHH: Audiology—Amplification (2)
EDSP 557P DHH: Auditory-Verbal Practicum (3)
EDSP 558P DHH: Early Childhood Practicum (2)
EDSP 559 DHH: Language in Elementary School (3)
EDSP 560 DHH: Elementary Curricula (3)
EDUC 500 Research Design and Methodology (Online Course) (3)

Spring Practicum (4 units)
EDSP 560P DHH: Elementary Practicum (4)

Special Education Credentials

I. Preliminary Specialist Credentials (with English Learner Authorization) with Mild to Moderate Authorization

The Preliminary Education Specialist program is designed for those interested in teaching students with special needs in schools or agencies servicing K-12 students or adults to 22. Completion of an approved California state Liberal Studies undergraduate program is helpful preparation for the Preliminary Education Specialist credential, but is not required. To demonstrate subject matter competence, all candidates for the Preliminary Education Specialist credential are required to pass the California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET: Multiple Subjects) prior to student teaching. Some applicants may be required to submit a passing score on this test prior to being admitted to the credential program. All candidates for the credential must submit either a passing score on the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) or CSET: Writing Skills Assessment prior to admittance to the program, or evidence of having registered for taking the basic skills exam at its next offering.

Prerequisite or Co-requisite Courses for Preliminary Education Specialist Credential

  • EDSP 389/589 – Healthy Environments and Inclusive Education in a Global Society (3) or an equivalent
  • Introduction to Special Education course;
  • Certificate of Clearance; and, U.S. Constitution requirement
  • Other Requirements

Preliminary Education Specialist Credential with Mild/Moderate Disabilities Authorization requires the following prior to enrollment in Student Teaching:

  1. Passing score on the CSET: Multiple Subjects examination, or the CSET Single Subject Content Matter examination prescribed by California law, or CCTC-approved subject matter competency program. Candidates passing the CSET Multiple Subject subtests may pass the CSET: Writing Skills Assessment in lieu of the CBEST
  2. EDU 558XB – First and Second Language Development and Structure for the Classroom Teacher (3 units offered through Continuing Education)

Preliminary Education Specialist Credential candidates are also required to achieve a passing score on the RICA prior to issuance of a credential.

Preliminary Education Specialist Credential: Foundation Block Coursework

EDSP 573 Diverse Family Systems & Transitions (3)
EDSP 574 Global Perspectives and Foundations in Special Education (3)
EDSP 579 Legal, Ethical & Professional Practices in a Diverse Society (2)

Preliminary Education Specialization Graduate Methods Coursework

1. Mild to Moderate Disabilities Authorization Requirements

EDSP 570 Assessment Identification to Transition in Special Education (3)
EDSP 571 Positive Behavior and Instruction Management in Special Education (3)
EDSP 572 Language Variance and Assistive Technology (3)
EDSP 575P Evidence Based Inclusion Practices Mild/Moderate Disabilities (3)

Required General Education Methods Block Subject Matter Competency Coursework

EDUC 575P Elementary Curriculum and Methods for Special Educators (3)
EDUC 583P Methods of Teaching Reading and Language Arts in the Elementary (3)
EDUC 584C Methods of Teaching English Language and Academic Development (3)

Student Teaching in Special Education Field-Based Coursework

EDSP 590P Student Teaching Mild to Moderate Disabilities (6)

II. Level II Professional Education Specialist Credential (with English Learner Authorization)

Note the Level II Professional Education Specialist Program is in transitional mode. A teacher holding a Level I Education Specialist Credential with English Learner Authorization must complete a Level II credential to clear the special education credential. The Level II program of study is available to any teacher holding a Level I Education Specialist Credential from any teaching commission approved teacher preparation agency. The Level II coursework is scheduled to be discontinued at the end of Summer 2013. A candidate may add the Level II coursework to a master’s degree program as part of their 30 units of graduate work if other credential coursework has been waived.

Prerequisites

  • Must hold a CCTC Level I Education Specialist credential in the area in which the Level II credential is being sought
  • Before final request for recommendation for a Level II Professional Education Specialist credential, candidate must have completed two years of employment under the related Level I Education Specialist Credential
  • Must apply and be accepted into USD graduate program of study (either Credential or Credential and MEd)
  • A candidate wishing to add a Level II program of study to a Preliminary Education Specialist Credential and/or MEd in Special Education program must complete a separate petition for admission to the respective Level II program.
  • EDUC 514 – Instructional Technology: Design and Evaluation (3) (or equivalent)
  • EDSP 589 – Healthy Environments and Inclusive Education in a Global Society (3) (or equivalent)
  • CPR – infant, child and adult

Level II Professional Education Specialist Credential Common Core
EDSP 598 Education Specialist Roles and Responsibilities (3)
EDSP 593F Field-Based Induction Plan (1)
EDSP 597F Field-Based Research in Special Education (1)
EDUC 500 Research Design and Methodology (3)

Level II Professional Education Specialist Specializations

1. Mild/Moderate Disabilities Requirement

EDSP 594 Advanced Behavior Analysis and Positive Behavior Supports (3)
EDSP 594F Field-Based Advanced Behavior Analysis and Positive Behavior Supports (1)
EDSP 596 Assessment for Curriculum Decisions (3)
EDSP 596F Field-Based Assessment for Curriculum Decisions (1)

2. Moderate/Severe Disabilities Requirement

EDSP 594 Advanced Behavior Analysis and Positive Behavior Supports (3)
EDSP 594F Field Based Advanced Behavior Analysis and Positive Behavior Supports (1)

3. Early Childhood Special Education Requirements

EDSP 595 Leadership and Management Skills (3)
EDSP 595F Field-Based Leadership and Management Skills (1)

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