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M.Ed. in Special Education with Education Specialist Credential


What will I learn?

If you’re interested in becoming an education specialist, you can earn either a Dual Education Specialist Credential (Mild/Moderate & Moderate/Severe) in our credential only program, or earn a Master’s in Education (M.Ed.) plus a Dual Education Specialist Credential in our combined program that can be completed in just over a year (5 quarters). You will study cutting-edge, research informed curricula that will prepare you to address the needs of all students in culturally responsive ways. Both are full-time post baccalaureate cohort programs that begin in the summer quarter each year.

Which department am I in?

School of Education

Study options

Full Time (5 quarters)

Tuition fees
USD $30,000 for the entire course
Start date

Expected June 2023


School of Education

900 University Avenue,

1207 Sproul Hall,



92521, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

A bachelor’s degree (or its equivalent) from an accredited institution. This degree must represent the completion of a program equivalent in the distribution of academic subject matter and scholarship achievement comparable to that offered by the University of California. A minimum 3.20 GPA for the last two years of undergraduate or graduate coursework. Admission may be justified if you have a GPA between 3.0 and 3.19, if you have a high GRE score and/or strong academic letters of recommendation. If your GPA is below 3.0, you are ineligible.

For international students

Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution with A minimum overall 3.00 GPA

English Language Requirement: TOEFL - The minimum acceptable scores are: 550 for the revised TOEFL paper-delivered test and 80 for the TOEFL iBT; IELTS - The minimum acceptable overall score is 7 with no score less than 6 on any individual component.

Application Deadline is January 10

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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