California is a state of extremes. Located on the west coast of the United States, it is the most populous of the states, contains both the highest and lowest elevation points, boasts the largest, tallest and oldest trees, records the most number of annual earthquakes, is the center of the American entertainment industry and is home to the largest public university system in the United States.
In addition, California’s Master Plan for Higher Education is supported by hundreds of private colleges and universities. Master of Education programs in Special Education are available at the institution noted below with emphasis on Mild/Moderate Disabilities and Deaf/Hard of Hearing specializations.
Note: Those interested in distance learning programs should consult our recommendations for Online Master’s in Special Education.
Purdue University’s online MSEd in Special Education offers separate tracks for initial teacher licensure, and for licensed teachers looking to add advanced endorsements. Request information to learn more.
The online MSEd in Special Education from Saint Joseph’s University online MSEd in Special Education from Saint Joseph’s University offers concentrations in ASD, Hearing Impairment and the Wilson Reading System®. Request information to learn more.
University of San Diego, CA
School of Leadership and Education Sciences (SOLES)
The University of San Diego School of Leadership and Education Sciences offers a Master of Arts (MA), Master of Education (MEd) and Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) to provide the skills needed for a career in education. Graduate studies include coursework, fieldwork and laboratory practice. Master’s degree programs include Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, Master of Education in TESOL – Literacy and Culture, Master of Special Education, emphasis on Mild/Moderate Disabilities (K-12) and emphasis on Deaf/Hard of Hearing (B-22) and Master of Arts in Teaching – History/Social Science. Master of Education exclusive online programs are also available in the areas of Curriculum Instruction, Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM), 21st Century Literacy, and Universal Design for Learning and Inclusive Education.
Master of Special Education, emphasis on Mild/Moderate Disabilities (K-12) (MEd)
The Special Education graduate program prepares the student for a career as a teacher with emphasis on mild and moderate disabilities – ages K-12. This course of study addresses the needs of children exhibiting characteristics associated with mild to moderate retardation, autism spectrum disorder, traumatic brain injuries, learning disabilities and other health concerns. Instruction includes intervention techniques and analysis for improved life skill methodology.
This master’s degree requires 30 credits for completion and projected student competencies include:
• Assessment identification and transition
• Positive behavior and instruction
• Assistive technology
• Inclusion practices for mild/moderate disabilities
• Field-based assessment
• Leadership and management skills
A semester of fieldwork as a full-time student teacher in a inclusion classroom is also necessary for final credential authorization. The Master of Special Education degree program is nationally recognized by the Council for Exceptional Children.
Master of Special Education, emphasis on Deaf/Hard of Hearing (B-22) (MEd)
Graduate students enrolled in the Master of Education, emphasis on Deaf/Hard of Hearing credential are involved with daily routines of children and families at John Tracy Clinic – a private education center in Los Angeles, California offering free services to infants and preschool children with hearing loss. This partnership program teaches the skills necessary in teaching auditory-verbal education for listening and spoken language proficiency.
The degree is available in two study options: a one-year, full-time program or a two-year, distance learning program. Both programs require 44 credit units, classroom experiences for listening and spoken language, workshop experience in a preschool setting, auditory-verbal therapy, and extensive knowledge base of cochlear implants.
Candidates demonstrating credentials competency will earn a Master of Special Education with emphasis on Deaf/Hard of Hearing authorization (Birth to 22 months) as recognized by the Council for Exceptional Children.
California Commission on Teacher Credentialing
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
The Council for Exceptional Children
Loma Hall 339
5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA 92110