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Special Education, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
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Overview

The Special Education program of San Francisco State University emphasizes research and leadership skills within a select program of study. The degree prepares individuals for employment in education in public and private agencies serving people with disabilities and in other related human service fields. Program areas within the department provide students with an opportunity to learn from and participate in, on-going research, demonstration, training, and projects conducted by faculty. Program areas include autism spectrum, early childhood special education, mild to moderate support needs, extensive support needs, orientation and mobility, and visual impairment.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Law, Ethics, and Instructional Planning
  • Development, Diversity, and English Language Learners: Special Education
  • Physical Disabilities and Sensory Impairments
  • Advanced Research Seminar in Special Education
  • Basic Orientation and Mobility for Learners with Visual Impairments
  • Education Specialist Intern Teacher Support Seminar 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    60 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    7

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  • Minimum required score:

    80

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  • Minimum required score:

    550

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution, or shall have completed equivalent academic preparation as determined by the appropriate campus authority;
  • Be in good academic standing at the last college or university attended;
  • Have a 3.0 GPA in their earned undergraduate degree or the last 60-semester (90-quarter) units completed, or have earned a post-baccalaureate degree; and
  • Meet the professional, personal, scholastic, and other standards for graduate study, including qualifying examinations, as appropriate campus authorities may prescribe. In unusual circumstances, a campus may make exceptions to these criteria.
  • English language proficiency (international students)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    8704 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8704 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    8704 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8704 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for San Francisco

  • 2206 - 4120 USD/month
    Living Costs

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