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The goal of the Chapman University Master of Arts in Special Education and Education Specialist (Special Education) program is to develop highly compassionate and collaborative professionals. Our program gives graduates the tools to build inclusive communities of families and colleagues. Students learn to be effective communicators, informed decision-makers, advocates for students, mediators, leaders, and change agents.


Chapman's Master of Arts in Special Education and Education Specialist (Special Education) program admits a new cohort each summer. We are now accepting applications for the Summer 2024 Cohort.

The Priority Application Deadline is: February 1, 2024.

*To be considered for fellowships, you must submit by the priority application deadline. 

See the Office of Graduate Admission for all teacher program deadlines

M.A. in Special Education

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 Support Needs (formerly Mild/Moderate) and Extensive Support Needs (formerly Moderate/Severe) teaching credentials. The Special Education program at Chapman prepares candidates to serve as special education teachers in K-12 public schools in inclusive, learning centers, and when necessary, special day class settings.


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Student Spotlight

“Chapman professors consider your goals and what kind of career you want. They get to know you in the beginning of the process so they’re teaching you content that’s relevant to your career needs and desires. I love the cohort-style system. You’re surrounded by like-minded people with similar goals. You’re set up to succeed from the beginning.”

– Chrystee Lopez ’20