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Master of ScienceSpecial Education Studies

The Master of Science in Special Education program at the University of La Verne advances students’ knowledge and skills in learning disabilities, special education law, and neurology. Special education teachers with a Master’s degree are paid higher salaries and qualified for more positions in the field than those without an advanced degree.

To provide convenience and flexibility for those wishing to pursue their graduate degree while still teaching full-time, this program is available at three campus locations: La Verne, Bakersfield, and College of the Canyons.

While enrolled, students are required to successfully contribute to the field through documented advocacy and service, in addition to contributing to professional literature, conference presentations, grant writing, and district professional activities prior to the Graduate Seminar (SPED 596).

Special Education Studies Admissions Requirements

The following is required for admission to the MS in Special Education program:

  1. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university
  2. GPA of 3.0 or higher in credential or last year of undergraduate program
  3. Passing score on admissions interview

It should be noted that 12 hours from the Education Specialist Credential can be contributed toward this Master’s degree program.

Special Education Courses and Specializations

The MS Ed Program consists of a 36-hour curriculum. 24 hours are devoted to the core courses, the concentration, and the culminating activity. The remaining 12 hours are dedicated to a specialization of the student’s choosing.

Core Courses: 9 semester hours

The core requirement aims to lay a solid foundation in Special Education Studies through courses like Methods of Research.

Area of Concentration: 12 semester hours

Courses such as Bio-Neurology and Neurodiversity make up the area of concentration for the MS Ed program.

For the full course list, please visit the curriculum page.

Culminating Activity: 3 semester hours

The culminating activity is an integrative summary exercise. MS Students are required to demonstrate their proficiency and synthesize the knowledge gained over the course of the master’s program through an independent project of their own design.

Students can specialize in Early Childhood Special Education or create a specialization of their own, which can help prepare them for doctoral studies.

Special Education Careers

Many graduates of the MS in Special Education program go on to successfully complete doctorate degrees and serve in leadership roles in private and public education, community colleges, and universities. Potential Careers include:

  • Program specialists
  • Special education coordinators
  • Behavior specialists
  • Teachers on special assignments
  • Specialized support providers for new faculty
  • Private and parochial education specialist leaders
  • Grade level chairpersons
  • Inclusion specialists
  • Community activists

Advance Your Career in Special Education at La Verne

University of La Verne’s MS in Special Education prepares special education teachers for leadership roles in their field. Carve out a path to a rewarding career by requesting more information about the program today.