Coursework

Master of Education in Special Education

Department of Learning and Teaching

Please note that the M.Ed. in Special Education is now only accepting new students through our Master's Credential Cohort: Special Education, in which students earn the M.Ed. in conjunction with the Preliminary Education Specialist Credential.

Program of Study

Overview

The Master of Education in Special Education is designed to prepare candidates to work in special education classrooms, or to improve their practice. The program consists of 32 graduate units.

International Experience

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.

For many students, this experience will include a one- to two-week, faculty-led course abroad. For students who prefer to stay in southern California, this experience may be fulfilled through research or coursework on international issues. Service trips and site visits across the border in Tijuana are offered regularly.

Learning and Teaching courses with an international component include:

  • Educational Leadership for Peace and Sustainability in Costa Rica (Summer 2013)
  • Cognition and Learning in Japan (Summer 2013)
  • Research Design and Methodology in Japan (Summer 2012)
  • Exploring the Underground Railroad (Summer 2012)

Curriculum

Foundations and Research (11 units)

COURSE NUMBER COURSE TITLE GRADUATE UNITS
EDUC 500 Research Design and Methodology
3
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

Special Education Methods (12 units)

COURSE NUMBER COURSE TITLE GRADUATE UNITS
EDSP 570 Assessment Identification to Transition in Special Education
3
EDSP 571 Management Behavior & Instruction
3
EDSP 572 Language Variance and Assistive Technology
3
EDSP 575P Evidence Based Inclusive Practices Mild/Moderate Disabilities
3

General Education Methods (9 units)

COURSE NUMBER COURSE TITLE GRADUATE UNITS
EDUC 583P Methods in Teaching Reading and Language Arts
3
EDUC 584C Methods of Teaching English Language and Academic Development
3
EDUC 375P Elementary Curriculum Methods for Special Educators
3

Frequently Asked Questions

How long will the program take me?

Typically students complete this program in 1.5 to 2 years, often while working. The time to completion depends on the students' pace.

How many units are included?

The M.Ed.. consists of 32 graduate units.

When are classes scheduled?

SOLES classes typically meet once per week at 4:00 p.m. or 7:00 p.m. for 2 hours and 50 minutes at a time.

Can I work while completing this program?

Yes. Many students complete this program while working full-time, typically as teachers.

Is this program offered online?

No, this program is offered on campus at the University of San Diego only. There is no online, hybrid, or distance learning option available. Students interested in earning a master's degree in education online are encouraged to explore our Online M.Ed. programs. The online M.Ed. in Universal Design for Learning and Inclusive Education may be of particular interest.