Curriculum

Overview

Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2016-2017, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on October 1, 2016. Access the catalog of record at http://catalogs.sandiego.edu.

The Special Education program offers a master’s degree and the preliminary education specialist credential program with mild/moderate authorization. The program prepares candidates to work with students with disabilities from kindergarten through 22 years of age. The combination of theory and practical experience provides graduates with a solid understanding, knowledge and skill set to function as highly effective special educators. 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. At the conclusion of the program, successful candidates will have earned a Master’s in Special Education with a Preliminary Education Specialist Teaching Credential with mild to moderate disabilities.

Additional Requirements for Admission

Master's Credential Cohort:  Special Education Master's Degree Program and Credential

See here for basic admission requirements.
See here for credential requirements.

Entrance semestersFall
Application DeadlinesVisit https://www.sandiego.edu/soles/admission-and-aid/deadlines.php
Minimum Grade Point Average2.75 (4.0 scale) in all undergraduate coursework
Standardized Admission TestCBEST (California Basic Educational Skills Test)
CSET (California Subject Examination for Teachers)
Passing score on both the CBEST and CSET exams required prior to student teaching
Additional RequirementsResume
Statement of Purpose
Two letters of recommendation
Interview for applicants who meet the preliminary selection criteria may be required

Degree Requirements

Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2016-2017, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on October 1, 2016. Access the catalog of record at http://catalogs.sandiego.edu.

Master’s Credential Cohort: MEd in Special Education and Preliminary Education Specialist Teaching Credential with Mild to Moderate Authorization

First Year
Semester IHours
EDUC 540Introduction to the Nature of Language and Linguistic3
EDUC 575PInclusive Curricula for Learners 5-223
EDUC 583PMethods of Teaching Reading & Language Arts in Elementary3
EDUC 584CMethods of Teaching English Language and Academic Development in Crosscultural Contexts3
Semester II
EDSP 570PAssessment Identification to Transition Special Education3
EDSP 575PEvidence Based Inclusive Practices Mild/Moderate 5-223
EDSP 589PHealthy Environments and Inclusive Education in a Global Society3
EDSP 591PMCC SPED Extended Practicum1
Second Year
Semester I
EDUC 557Action Research for MCC Candidates I3
EDSP 571PPositive Behavior and Instruction Management in SPED3
EDSP 590P1Student Teaching Mild to Moderate Disabilities1-7
EDSP 590S1Student Teaching Mild to Moderate Disabilities Seminar1
Semester II
EDUC 558Action Research for MCC Candidates II1
EDSP 573PCollaboration with Families and Professionals3
EDSP 593SPracticum Seminar for Individual Induction Plan IIP2
EDUC 5XX Elective: Choose three units of Electives with Advisor Approval3

It is possible to obtain the preliminary Multiple Subject Credential in conjunction with the MEd Special Education Specialist Teaching Credential program described above with four additional courses to be completed during Summer 1 of the program and a 5th semester (additional fall semester).

Curriculum Additions for Multiple Subject Credential

First Year
EDUC 581CMulticultural and Philosophical Foundations of Education in a Global Society3
EDUC 582Psychological Foundations of Education in a Diverse Society3
Second Year
EDUC 590P2Student Teaching for Multiple Subject Credential Practicum1-9
EDUC 590S2Student Teaching for Multiple Subject Credential Seminar1-3
1

 EDSP 590P must be taken concurrently with EDSP 590S

2

 EDUC 590P must be taken concurrently with EDUC 590S

Grades of B- or better are required in all credential courses, including student teaching.

International Requirement

At SOLES, all masters and doctoral students participate in an international experience designed to support the growth of cultural competency. Our goal is to inform best practices in working with culturally diverse populations locally, nationally and globally.  International experiences are approved by each student's faculty advisor and can be credit based or non-credit based activities. 

Credential

Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2016-2017, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on October 1, 2016. Access the catalog of record at http://catalogs.sandiego.edu.

Special Education Credential

I. Preliminary Education Specialist Credential

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.

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. Passing score on the RICA Reading Instruction Competence Assessment http://www.rica.nesinc.com/
  3. Passing score on the U.S. Constitution Exam or HIST 117 American Civilization or POLS 120 American Politics or equivalent that specifically covers the U.S. Constitution (course must include US history between 1776 and 1800)
  4. CPR Certificate (infant, child and adult) that is currently valid when applying for Preliminary Teaching Credential
  5. Completion of all special education performance evidence documents listed in Special Education Program Candidate
  6. Grades of B- or better are required in all credential courses, including student teaching
Foundation Block Coursework
EDUC 540Introduction to the Nature of Language and Linguistic3
EDSP 589PHealthy Environments and Inclusive Education in a Global Society3
EDSP 573PCollaboration with Families and Professionals3
Graduate Methods Coursework
EDSP 570PAssessment Identification to Transition Special Education3
EDSP 571PPositive Behavior and Instruction Management in SPED3
EDSP 575PEvidence Based Inclusive Practices Mild/Moderate 5-223
Required General Education Methods Block Subject Matter Competency Coursework
EDUC 575PInclusive Curricula for Learners 5-223
EDUC 583PMethods of Teaching Reading & Language Arts in Elementary3
EDUC 584CMethods of Teaching English Language and Academic Development in Crosscultural Contexts3
Field-Based Coursework
EDSP 590PStudent Teaching Mild to Moderate Disabilities1-7