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Attallah 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.

Fall 2018 priority admission deadline: April 1, 2018.
All Attallah College application deadlines

**Attallah College is still accepting Fall 2018 applications. Contact the Office of Graduate Admission for full details.** 

+ - 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.

GRE Institution Code: 4047

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

Program Coordinator

Full-Time Faculty

Adjunct Faculty

  • Maria Garcia
  • Glenda McHale

+ - Frequently Asked Questions

When are classes held?

Classes are held between 4 p.m. and 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

Where is Chapman University located?

Chapman University is located in the city of Orange, California. 

Where can I mail my supporting documents?

Chapman University
Office of Graduate Admission
One University Dr.
Orange, CA 92866

How do I submit my letters of recommendation?

Your letters of recommendation will be submitted electronically through the online application. On the left-hand side of the online application you will be asked to input the name and email address of your recommenders. They will receive an email with information on submitting your letter of recommendation electronically. We do not accept written letters of recommendation directly from the student.

What if I have a question about an admission decision?

  1. Any applicant who wishes to inquire about or to appeal an admission decision made by the Master of Arts in Special Education and Education Specialist Subject programs at the Attallah College of Educational Studies may contact the program administrative assistant in writing at znguyen@chapman.edu. If the student wishes to submit a formal written grievance, this must be received by znguyen@chapman.edu within 10 days of admissions decision. Once the written grievance has been received, it will be forwarded to the program coordinator, who will review documentation with the admissions committee and respond in writing to the candidate.
  2. If the student wishes to further grieve the response they may do so in writing to znguyen@chapman.edu within 10 days of grievance response. At this point, the applicant's file (including candidate’s application package and review scores) will be forwarded to the program coordinator and a meeting will be arranged with the applicant to review applicant documents and program decision.
  3. Should the applicant desire to file a formal grievance, a written appeal should be sent within five working days to the Associate Dean of Graduate Programs. The Associate Dean will confer with the applicant and meet with the program coordinator and faculty if appropriate. Within 10 business days of meeting with the Associate Dean, the applicant will receive a formal written statement indicating the decision of the college.

How do I receive more information?

The Attallah College of Educational Studies offers monthly graduate information sessions. These sessions are great opportunities to obtain further information about the program and meet with the program coordinator.

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To request further information about Chapman University's Graduate Programs, please complete the form at the link below so that the Office of Graduate Admission can send you more information about life as a Panther.

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+ - Support

Gifts to the Attallah College of Educational Studies allow us to support the vast array of diverse educational projects including our various literacy programs, scholarships to our deserving students, international travel opportunities for research, and multiple campaigns that promote education and civic engagement throughout our immediate community and the world. 

To find out how you can give to the school and support the work our students are doing, please visit our Support Attallah College page. Every dollar helps!

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