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College of Educational Studies


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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, and a joint multiple subject and mild/moderate credential. The Education Specialist Programs prepare candidates to serve as special education teachers in K-12 public schools in inclusive, learning centers, and when necessary, special day class settings.

The Fall 2017 entry deadline is July 1. All CES application deadlines

 

+ - Program at a Glance

+ - Admission Requirements

The admission for this program follows a cohort model. We admit students for the Fall semester. Please consult the Graduate Admission page for application deadlines

  • 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 Coordinator and Faculty

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+ - Special Education Scholarship

Newly admitted students to the MA in Special Education and 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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