What will I learn?

Graduates of the Department of Special Education are advocates for children. Our programs provide the knowledge and expertise necessary to teach students and young children with disabilities, to serve as change agents, and to help make lives the very best they can be. Our alumni are passionate about learning and education. We offer preparation for the Preliminary Education Specialist Teaching Credential in three areas (mild to moderate disabilities, moderate to severe disabilities, and early childhood special education) that can be completed as an Intern (or first year teacher) or as a traditional student. The Concurrent Option is the opportunity to earn the Education Specialist Mild to Moderate Disabilities Credential and the Multiple Subjects and/or Single Subjects Credential at the same time. We also have programs for the Added Authorizations in Early Childhood Special Education and Autism Spectrum Disorders, as well as the Certificate in Theory, Knowledge and Practice about Autism Spectrum Disorders. We offer a Master's of Arts degree with a Special Education specialization.

The MA in Education with a Concentration in Special Education is a 30-unit program designed to prepare students for leadership roles in Special Education through coursework in one of three areas of specialization: early childhood special education; mild/moderate or moderate/severe disabilities; or a combination of areas of interest. Students interested in the MA and a teaching credential must apply for both options.

Which department am I in?

Connie L Lurie College of Education

Study options

Full Time (30 units)

Tuition fees
USD $9,286 per year for 6.1 or more units; Non-Resident Fees are charged an additional $396 per unit
Application deadline

Expected April 2021

Start date

17 August 2020


Connie L Lurie College of Education

One Washington Square,



95192, United States

Entry requirements

For international students

Students must have Bachelors Degree or equivalent and a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better;

Passing score on the Department of Special Education writing assessment or GRE Analytical Writing (passing score of 4.0 score or better);

English Language Proficiency: IELTS: 6.5; TOEFL – 80 (IBT), paper based – 550, Computer based – 213; Pearson Test of English (PTE) – 53.

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