»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.

+-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
  • 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

+-About the Program Director

Dr. Dawn Hunter, Associate Professor and Coordinator of Special Education Programs at Chapman University earned her Ph.D. at the University of Maryland, College Park.  Prior to her work at Chapman, Dr. Hunter worked for the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs in Washington, D.C.  Dr. Hunter's experience also includes teaching high school students and adults with severe disabilities, designing and coordinating educational, vocational, residential and recreational programs for students with disabilities, and monitoring the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) at the federal level. 

Dr. Hunter has publications in the areas of inclusive schooling, building collaborative partnerships, positive behavioral support strategies for students with challenging behaviors, changing attitudes toward persons with disabilities, post secondary options for students with disabilities, vocational and leisure skills training, policy development, and systems change.

+-Faculty

Full Time Faculty

Adjunct Faculty

+-Contact Us

Dawn Hunter, Ph.D.
Coordinator, Special Education Programs
(714)744-7674
dhunter@chapman.edu

Anna Lane
Admission Coordinator
amitch@chapman.edu
714-997-6714

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