Masters in Education - Special Education Cohort Credential Program

Turn learning differences into life-changing experiences.

Please note the following changes: in response to new Teacher Preparation program requirements from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing we have proactively made the following updates to our program offerings to meet the needs of aspiring teachers. Beginning with the 2018-2019 academic year, we will be offering a Dual Credential option which will allow candidates to earn a MEd in Curriculum and Instruction, an Education Specialist Credential and either a Preliminary Multiple Subject OR Single Subject Credential.

This means we will no longer be accepting applications for a standalone MEd in Special Education with a Preliminary Education Specialist Credential as the program will transition to a Dual Credential.

It takes the right teacher to help students with special education needs forge their way in the world. Your experience in the Master's Special Education Cohort Credential Program prepares you to be that teacher. This program leads to an MEd in Special Education and a Preliminary Education Specialist Teaching Credential with an authorization in mild to moderate disabilities.

Our program emphasizes the connection between theory and practice—weaving together university-based coursework and thoughtfully designed field experiences. Through our small class sizes, cohort-based learning model and commitment to caring for every one of our students, you'll develop the knowledge, skills and strategies needed to flourish as an educator.

The power of real-world experiences transforms students like you into leaders in their communities. That's why this program includes two semesters where you student-teach at two different grade levels, in schools where your skills can make a difference.

Program Details

This program is offered as a two-year, cohort-based program of study with July, most of August, and intersession (January) periods free. The program currently offers discounted graduate tuition for all incoming students.

Upon graduation, we recommend you to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing for the preliminary education specialist teaching credential with an authorization in mild to moderate disabilities.

Graduates may teach in special education classrooms, or they can co-teach with other instructors in classrooms where special education students learn with the general student body.

Prospective students for this program include: recent graduates, career changers and educators in need of an advanced teaching credential. Teaching experience is helpful but is not required.

Learn to lead—and make a lasting difference.

You'll graduate with a toolbox of evidence-based techniques and approaches to engage students with special needs in ways that they can respond to. Learn more about outcomes.