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MASTER OF ARTS IN SPECIAL EDUCATION - COURSE LOAD

COURSEWORK AND ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS PARTS 1 - V

I. SFSU Written English Proficiency: Level I and Level II Requirements:

Level I (entry): The Level I requirement may be a 4 or above on the analytical Writing section of the GRE or a passing grade on the (Graduate Essay Test) GET. This requirement should be met upon admission. For further information on completing this requirement consult the Written English Proficiency Requirements.

Level II (exit): Level II is measured by successful completion of Options I, II, or III culminating experience requriements that include one of the following: master's written comprehensive examination, crative work project, field study, or thesis. Satisfactory completion automatically certifies that the second level writing requirement has been met

II. CORE REQUIREMENTS:
Core requirements include the following units: (9 units)

  • ISED 797 Seminar in Education Research (3);
  • SPED 788 Law, Ethics, and Instructional Planning (3); and
  • SPED 801 Development, Diversity, and ELL: Special Education (3) , or SPED 779 Family Systems & Services for Young Disabled Children (3)


III. SPECIAL EDUCATION COURSES: as required by area of emphasis and approved by graduate program advisor (12 units)

IV. RELATED STUDIES COURSES:
selected on basis of professional goals and degree emphasis, and approved by graduate program advisor (6 units)

V. CULMINATING EXPERIENCE
* (3 - 6 units)
Review and select Option I, II or II as required by area of emphasis and approved by graduate program advisor:

Option I (3 units):
SPED 894 Creative Work in Special Education (3 units); or
SPED 895 ** Field Study (3); or
SPED 898 ** Master’s Thesis (3), and Oral Defense of Thesis

Option II (3 units):
SPED 881 Advanced Research Seminar in Special Education (3); and Master’s Comprehensive Written Examination

Option III (6 units):
Two Elective Graduate Seminars, which will reflect critical analysis of literature and application of research; and
Master’s Comprehensive Written Examination


Minimum and Maximum Units: 30-33

* Option I required for the following emphasis areas: Moderate/Severe Disabiltiies required to complete SPED 898 and Oral Defense of Thesis; Early Childhood Special Education and Visual Impairments required to complete Option I with SPED 881 as pre-requisite; and students in Mild/Moderate Disabilities emphasis who are advised to select Option I, must complete SPED 881 as pre-requisite.

** Review by Human Subject Committee required
(go to: www.sfsu.edu/~protocol/human.htm).


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