MASTER OF ARTS IN SPECIAL EDUCATION
Master of Arts in Special Education is an individually designed professional
degree in an area of emphasis. This degree provides advanced knowledge
in Special Education and emphasizes research and leadership skills within
a selected program of study. Programs within the department provide students
with an opportunity to learn and participate in scholarly research, demonstration,
training, and clinical projects with faculty. Coursework completed prior
to, or concurrently with, Education Specialist or Clinical Rehabilitative
Services credentials may be applied to the degree emphasis (Special Education
and Related Studies components), with approval of graduate program advisor.
Graduate study requires application and admission to the department and
university. A minimum grade point average of 3.0 is required for admission
to the master’s degree. Refer to the department application for
additional application requirements.
— AREAS OF EMPHASIS —
EARLY CHILDHOOD SPECIAL EDUCATION: Study of skills to
successfully facilitate the development of young children with disabilities,
from birth to 5 years, including providing culturally-competent family-centered
services through an interdisciplinary approach.
GUIDE DOG MOBILITY: Note: Applications for
Guide Dog Mobility program not accepted at this time, program on hold.
Resources located at the campus of
Guide Dogs for the Blind in San Rafael, California. Instructor training
to teach people who are blind to travel by using specially trained dog
guides, Professional roles, evaluation and follow-up services covered
in a variety of settings, including guide dog schools that provide residential
training and/or in-home instruction.
MILD / MODERATE DISABILITIES: Study of specific learning disabilities,
mild to moderate cognitive impairments, and emotional and behavioral disturbance,
both in school and outside of school contexts.
MODERATE / SEVERE DISABILITIES: Program includes topics in autism,
deaf-blindness, moderate to severe mental retardation, multiple disabilities,
and serious emotional disturbance. Curriculum development and instructional
practices in multiple natural environments are stressed.
ORIENTATION & MOBILITY: Professional preparation to teach
skills of independent travel to people who have visual impairments, including
those with multiple disabilities, from birth through senior years. Study
includes skills of independent travel for indoor and outdoor environments;
orientation; sensory and motor development; concept development; daily
living skills; use of low vision and electronic travel devices in travel.
PHYSICAL & HEALTH IMPAIRMENTS: Program includes topics
in orthopedic impairment, other health impairments, multiple disabilities,
and traumatic brain injury of children, youth and adults. Study emphasizes
augmentative and alternative communication, assistive technology, literacy
and collaborative teaming.
VISUAL IMPAIRMENT: Curriculum covers assessment, independent
living skills, Braille, technology, and other rehabilitative tools for
diverse populations of students who are blind or have low vision. Topics
address collaboration, working with families and individual differences.
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Department of Special Education, 1600 Holloway Avenue, Burk Hall
San Francisco, CA 94132 (415) 338-1161.