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Masters in Special Education

Learn to make education more accessible to all students with your Master of Arts in Special Education degree earned from the Golden State College. In this program, you will be provided with meaningful learning experiences based on the ways that exceptional students develop. Learn to design and implement curricula for exceptional students. Collaborate with families, fellow educators, and communities to address the needs of exceptional students. Create an environment that cultivates learning for all. 


The Master of Arts in Special Education program links theory to application through intense coursework and application. You develop learning and behavioral interventions, methods to differentiate instruction in the classroom, and ways to provide special education students with the tools to reach their full potential. Upon completion of the Master of Arts in Special Education degree program, you will be able to:

Design appropriate learning experiences for students with exceptionalities that are informed by diverse cultural experiences and varied patterns of learning and development

Create a safe, inclusive, culturally responsive environment that cultivates active and effective learning for students with exceptionalities

Plan cross-disciplinary learning experiences that promote individualized academic and social abilities, attitudes, values, interests, and career options for students with exceptionalities

Synthesize results from multiple evidence-based assessments to guide educational decisions for individuals with exceptionalities

Incorporate cross-disciplinary skills using evidenced-based instructional strategies for students with exceptionalities

Evaluate how ethical principles and practice standards influence special education laws, regulations and individual professional accountability

Construct an action research proposal that addresses local or global issues related to individuals with exceptionalities

Integrate positive collaborative practices with various stakeholders to address the needs of students with exceptionalities across a range of learning experiences


Program Requirements

Total number of credits: 30 credits

Core courses credits: 30 credits

To be awarded the MA in Special Education degree, all students must complete 30 credits, with a 3.00 minimum grade point average in all coursework attempted at the University.


Earn your Master of Arts in Special Education from the Golden State College. Your courses cover research, assessment, collaboration, and behavior management.


Major Course Requirements (30 credits, all courses are 3 credits.)



EDU 620 Meeting Individual Student Needs With Technology

EDU 694 Capstone I: Educational Research

EDU 696 Capstone II: Culminating Project


Special Education

ESE 601 Students with Exceptionalities in the School Setting

ESE 603 Law & Ethics in Special Education

ESE 610 Assessment & Evaluation of Students with Mild to Moderate Disabilities

ESE 634 Education-Based Collaborative Relationships

ESE 645 Lesson Design for Students with Mild to Moderate Disabilities

ESE 656 Positive Behavior Supports in the Classroom

ESE 668 Evidenced-Based Instructional Methods for Students with Mild to Moderate Disabilities

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