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Special Education, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 30 months
, CA,
The Master of Science in Special Education degree is designed for individuals seeking to work with students who have mild to moderate learning, emotional and intellectual disabilities. As a student in this program, you will participate on faculty-led research teams and contribute to publications for peer-reviewed journals.


This fully online 41-unit program can be completed in four semesters and is designed to prepare highly effective special educators who plan to work in challenging school environments. Students in this program who live in the State of California can also complete prerequisite courses and the 12-unit SEED 584/585 Student Teaching in Special Education sequence that will allow them to earn their Education Specialist Credential (Mild/Moderate) from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Philosophy and Values in School and Society 
  • Educational Research and Statistics 
  • Research in Culture and Intercultural Instruction

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 30 months
    • Duration description

      5-6 semesters

  • Credits
    41 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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General Requirements

  • Apply for Financial Aid
  • Apply Online
  • Log into your Application Portal
  • Request official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Submit 2 Recommendation Forms
  • Pastor Recommendation
  • Character/Employer/Academic Recommendation
  • Complete essays as indicated in the application
  • Christian Testimony Essay
  • Vocational Objective Essay
  • Non-native English speakers must verify a score of 100 iBT on the TOEFL exam or 7.5 on the IELTS exam

Tuition Fee

  • International

    621 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 621 USD per credit and a duration of 30 months.
  • National

    621 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 621 USD per credit and a duration of 30 months.
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Living costs for La Mirada

  • 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.


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