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Special Education (Mild or Moderate Disabilities), M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months


Many of the courses are offered in tandem with the mild-moderate credential so that students may efficiently purse the M.A. and the credential at the same time. It is also offered independently of the credential. 

Students will: 

  • Develop an understanding of current issues and practices in curriculum and behavior support for individuals with learning disabilities, intellectual disability, and emotional disturbance, and the ability to inquire into these topics.
  • Develop knowledge and skills in educational research; develop analysis and reflection skills and written and oral communication.
  • Identify and analyze topics of importance in current educational conversations and debates for critical issues related to special education.
  • Deepen their commitment to their students and their students’ learning of academic and functional curricula.
  • Increase their confidence to utilize a variety of teaching methodologies.
  • Improve their ability to manage and assess their students’ progress in the curriculum.
  • Augment their capacity to think reflectively about their teaching practices.
  • Increase their capacity to become an agent of change in the field of special education.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Educating Individuals with Emotional/Behavioral Disorders 
  • Advanced Methods in Mild/Moderate Disabilities 
  • Research in Mild/Moderate Disabilities
  • Advanced Study of Literacy Problems and Specialized Interventions for Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Credits
    30 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.75

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.75 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

In addition to university requirements for admission to graduate study, applicants must

  • have a minimum of a 2.75 grade point average in their last 60 semester units attempted.
  • have completed (or complete concurrently) requirements for a California credential in special
  • education or equivalent (this requirement may be waived for personnel in related fields, such as
  • nurses, occupational or physical therapists, or speech language pathologists).
  • complete all division application procedures. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    16248 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16248 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    16248 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16248 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • In-State

    8178 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8178 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Los Angeles

  • 1520 - 2570 USD/month
    Living Costs

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