12 months
16680 USD/year
16680 USD/year
7176 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Master of Arts in Special Education at the California State University San Marcos is specifically designed for teachers who hold a valid basic teaching credential who are seeking both a master’s degree and a career path in special education by adding on the Mild/Moderate and the Moderate/Severe Preliminary Education Specialist Credential(s).


The Special Education Credential at the California State University San Marcos authorizes instruction of students with a primary disability of Autism Spectrum Disorder, Emotional Disturbance, Mild/Moderate Intellectual Disability, Other Health Impairment or Specific Learning Disability. The Preliminary Moderate/Severe Education Specialist Credential authorizes instruction of students with a primary disability of Autism Spectrum Disorder, Deaf-Blindness, Emotional Disturbance, Moderate/Severe Intellectual Disability, or Multiple Disabilities. Both credentials authorize instruction of English learners.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Professional Dispositions: Demonstrate positive professional dispositions and ethics inclusive of social justice and equity, collaboration, critical thinking, professional ethics, reflective teaching and learning, and life-long learning.

Culturally Proficient Inclusive Schooling: Develop an action plan for creating and sustaining a culturally proficient inclusive schooling environment.

Assessment and Program Planning: Conduct and analyze formal and/or informal assessment data to develop assessment reports and Individual Education Program goals based upon individual students’ assessed needs.

Research Analysis: Analyze and integrate research in educational and professional settings.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Literacy Education for Education Specialists 
  • Assessment for Planning and Instruction 
  • Foundations in Law, Ethics, and Procedures of Special Education 
  • Technology and Communication for Special Populations 
  • Master’s Culminating Experience

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


28 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

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  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Graduate application for California State University San Marcos
  • CSUSM Graduate Application
  • Verification of valid basic credential issued by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing
  • Verification of subject matter competency
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A statement of purpose
  • Tuberculin Assessment
  • Two sets of official transcripts
  • Interview and Writing Sample

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    16680 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 16680 USD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    16680 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 16680 USD per year during 12 months.
  • In-State

    7176 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 7176 USD per year during 12 months.

Living costs for San Marcos

1100 - 1600 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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