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» Master of Arts in Special Education and Education Specialist Credentials

The goal of the Master of Arts in Special Education and Education Specialist (Special Education) programs is to develop highly competent, informed, and collaborative professionals. These programs will give students the tools to build inclusive communities of families and colleagues. Students learn to be effective communicators, informed decision makers, advocates for students, leaders and change agents, scholars, and mediators of diversity.

Chapman University has been approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) to offer special education credential programs (i.e., Education Specialist Preliminary Credential Programs) in the areas of: mild/moderate, moderate/severe, Level II mild/moderate and moderate/severe. The Education Specialist Programs prepare candidates to serve as special education teachers in K-12 public schools in primarily, inclusive, resource, and when necessary, special day class settings.

Rachel Lambert, Assistant Professor, Special Education lambertr@chapman.edu

Trisha Sugita, Assistant Professor, Special Education nishimur@chapman.edu

+ - Program at a Glance

  • Students may enroll in the program as either full-time or part-time students, and generally complete their program in 4 to 7 semesters.
  • The Education Specialist Credential (Special Education) programs are embedded within the Master of Arts in Special Education program, although the Master of Arts in Special Education can be completed without obtaining a teaching credential.
  • All courses are held in the evening to accommodate working individuals.
  • There is a low student-to-faculty ratio with personalized education.
  • Early field experiences (praxis) help to connect coursework to practical student teaching.
  • To provide collaborative experiences during their preparation program, our students share several of their classes with future general educators, school psychologists, and school counselors.
  • Special Education Course of Study (.pdf)

+ - Admission Requirements

The admission deadline for this program is on a rolling basis. Students may submit applications up to 6 weeks prior to the start of the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters.
  • Submit an online application
  • Statement of Intent (prompt can be found within the online application)
  • Current resume
  • Official transcripts from all degree-granting colleges/universities attended
  • Submit passing score on the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • $60 application fee

GPA Requirements

Students applying to the Master of Arts in Special Education program must possess a 3.0 minimum cumulative GPA. If an applicant’s GPA falls below a 3.0 students must submit one of the following test scores:

  • California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET): achieve a passing score on all sections.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE): achieve a minimum score on any two of the three sections; 146 Quantitative, 152 Verbal, and 4.5 Analytical Writing.
  •  Miller Analogies Test: achieve a minimum scaled score of 404.
Students applying to the Education Specialist (Special Education) Credential-only program must possess a 2.75 minimum cumulative GPA. If an applicant’s GPA falls below a 2.75 students must submit one of the following test scores:
  • California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET): achieve a passing score on all sections.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE): achieve a minimum score on any two of the three sections; 146 Quantitative, 152 Verbal, and 4.5 Analytical Writing.
  • Miller Analogies Test: achieve a minimum scaled score of 404.

Supporting documents may be mailed to:
Office of Graduate Admission
Chapman University
One University Dr.
Orange, CA 92866

+ - Program Director and Faculty

Program Director

Dr. Trisha Sugita is the Coordinator of Special Education Programs and Assistant Professor in the College of Educational Studies at Chapman University. Dr. Sugita has served as a Mild/Moderate Education Specialist, and Special Education Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA). Her role as a TOSA included: developing programs and curriculum to support the special education department, handling parent concerns regarding special education policies and procedures, professional development in the areas of co-teaching, universal design for learning, and strategies to support culturally diverse students. Dr. Sugita’s research interests include: inclusive schooling, minorities and special education, family/school partnerships, and transition planning.

 

Full Time Faculty

Adjunct Faculty

+ - Special Education Scholarship

Newly admitted students to the MAT Elementary Education program or the Multiple Subject Credential program may be eligible for a scholarship. Please see the Teacher Education Program Scholarship page for more information.

+ - Support

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Scholarships for students in the College of Educational Studies are one of the areas of greatest need. To find out how you can give to the CES and support the work our students are doing, please visit the Support CES page. Every dollar helps!

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Student Spotlight

"The Special Education program at Chapman stood out to me because it was clear that they take a holistic view in studying disabilities; they wanted students who were interested in not only learning how to teach to diverse learners, but who also are cognizant of the fact that education is just one part of these students’ lives.”

-Katie Aguilar