CURRICULUM for MA

The online master’s in special education requires 36 units of coursework to complete, offering a comprehensive exploration of the latest learning techniques to support students with disabilities. The program also includes in-depth study completed with a faculty member as part of the Master’s Report.

Prerequisite (3 units)

  • SERP 500 (or equivalent) – Foundations of Special Education and Rehabilitation

Core Courses (30 units)

  • SERP 502 – Behavior Principles and Disability: Assessment and Intervention (3 units)
  • SERP 503 – Special Services in the Schools (3 units)
  • SERP 504 – Cultural and Linguistic Diversity in Exceptional Learners (3 units)
  • SERP 509 – Foundations of High Incidence Disabilities (3 units)
  • SERP 515 – Assessment & Instruction: Learners with Low Incidence Disabilities (3 units)
  • SERP 534 – Language Development for the Exceptional Child (3 units)
  • SERP 556 – Research Methods in Education (3 units)
  • SERP 597E – Consultation and Collaboration for Special Needs Students (3 units)
  • SERP 909 – Master’s Report (6 units)

Specializations (Choose one, 6 units)

Challenging Behavior

  • SERP 529A – Advanced Positive Behavioral Support I (3 units)
  • SERP 529B – Advanced Positive Behavioral Support II (3 units)

Sensory Impairments

  • SERP 521 – Introduction to Visual Impairments and Deaf-Blindness (3 units)
  • SERP 530 – Education and Rehabilitation of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Individuals (3 units)

Autism Spectrum Disorder

  • SERP 564 – Introduction to Learners with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) (3 units)
  • SERP 595A – Assessing and Educating Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (3 units)

Gifted Students

  • SERP 597A – Creativity and Giftedness (6 units)