Online Master’s Degree in Education: Special Education
This Master’s degree program builds on the foundation of the bachelor’s degree students bring with them as well as their previous or current professional experience.
Students enrolled in this online M.A. Education program will develop an understanding of all areas of child and human development, including social, political, and cultural contexts. In addition to meeting all of the academic requirements for California State Teaching Credentials, students who complete this program will be qualified to teach students with mild to moderate disabilities in K-12 settings and adults to age 22.
Please note: Students enrolled in our online California teacher credential preparation program MUST complete all observation, fieldwork, and student teaching hours in California classrooms. There are no exceptions.
Other M.A. in Education & Teaching Credentials
Join the Teacher Residency Program!
Pacific Oaks College, in partnership with AchieveKids, are offering a Teacher Residency Program with a grant to help students earn a Master’s in Education AND a Preliminary Education Specialist Teaching Credential!
Through the Teacher Residency Program, students earn a Master’s degree while continuing to work as a para educator at a partner organization or school. The Residency Program includes a mentored clinical experience with increasing levels of responsibility throughout the program. This grant includes direct tuition support along with a special grantee tuition rate at Pacific Oaks College.
Review the information below to learn more or please contact [email protected].
- Teacher Residency Program Overview
- Teacher Residency FAQ
- Teacher Residency Sample Schedule and Course Sequence
The California Preliminary Education Specialist Credential qualifies candidates to teach students with mild to moderate disabilities in K-12 settings. This credential is a two-tiered process. Information on completing the second level is available through the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.
For more information to assist you in your journey to obtain your California Preliminary Teaching Credential, visit the Credentials Office page.
Sample Degree Courses
SPED 563: Teaching Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities: Creating Inclusive Learning Environments
In this course, Special Education and Elementary Education candidates will explore the impact of various disabilities on development and learning, and how different cultural settings can impact both exceptional groups of learners and students with disabilities. In addition, candidates will learn about the various laws that govern special education and students with disabilities, including the development and implementation of an Individualized Education Program (IEP) and the role of a Case Manager. Emphasis is placed on how to create an inclusive educational environment that benefits all learners in a diverse classroom and school community. Candidates will learn how to collaborate effectively between the General Education and Special Education teachers using Universal Design for Instruction (UDI) principles to plan differentiated instructional strategies, integrate assistive technology when appropriate, and ensure meaningful access to curricula through accommodations and modifications.
SPED 552: Communication and Collaboration: Developing Student, Family, and School Community Partnerships
The SPED 552 course will explore the spectrum of interpersonal and interactive collaboration and communication skills, including problem-solving, empathetic listening, mediation, and conflict resolution. Specifically, candidates will learn how to communicate, collaborate, and consult effectively with students with or without disabilities, their parents or primary caregivers, general and special education teachers, and transdisciplinary Individualized Education Program (IEP) team members. Skills as a Case Manager will be practiced in this course. Also included will be effective communication strategies with IEP team members, counseling strategies, co-teaching techniques, and cross-cultural issues, which are integrated throughout the course. Strategies will be analyzed and evaluated to create a plan which will be reviewed for application to use with students in need of a Least Restrictive Environment (LRE).
- Completed Application for Admission
- Application Fee
- Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
- Personal Statement
- Official Transcripts from all institutions attended
- Official CBEST (California Basic Educational Skills Test) scores*