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Attallah College of Educational Studies

» Joint Special Education & Multiple Subject Credential

Fall 2020 Application Deadline:
May 15, 2020

 See all Attallah College application deadlines here

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.

  • Cohort model
  • Two-year program, full time to obtain two credentials (Preliminary Multiple Subject & Preliminary Education Specialist Mild/Moderate) and MA in Special Education. A part-time option is also available.
  • Unique opportunity to earn both Multiple Subject and Education Specialist credential simultaneously
  • Low student to faculty ratio offers personalized education
  • Fieldwork opportunities allow students to put theory into practice in local school districts

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Program Faculty and Staff

Program Coordinator
Full-Time Faculty
Adjunct Faculty
  • Maria Garcia
  • Glenda McHale



Program and Graduation Requirements

  • State of California Certificate of Clearance
  • Negative TB Test Verification: Must possess for fieldwork
  • U.S. Constitution Status: Required for Student Teaching
  • CBEST: Required for Admissions
  • CSET: Required for Student Teaching

Fall I

  • EDUC 500: Literacy and Learning
  • EDUC 571: Collaboration for Inclusive Schools
  • EDUC 562: Inclusive Pedagogy I: Mathematics
  • EDUC 566: Creating Positive Systems of Supports through Assessment
  • EDUC 587: Fieldwork (1 unit)

Interterm I

  • EDUC 548: Mental Health and Wellness (1 unit)

Spring I

  • EDUC 564: ELD & Issues of Diversity in Special Education
  • EDUC 563: Inclusive Pedagogy: Intervention
  • EDUC 544: Legal Aspects of Special Education
  • EDUC 588: Fieldwork (2 units)

Summer I

  • EDUC 654: Research Methods
  • EDUC 667: Educational, Assistive, and Augmentative Technology for Inclusive Classrooms

Fall II

  • EDUC 590 & EDUC 592: Student Teaching Mild/Moderate
  • EDUC 550: Teacher Performance Assessment
  • Masters Elective (3 units)
Spring II
  • EDUC 543: Integrated Pedagogies and Systems Thinking
  • EDUC 579: Teacher Inquiry, Professionalism, and Wellbeing for Elementary Teachers
  • EDUC 582: Student Teaching Multiple Subjects


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!

Contact Us

Robin Blauvelt
(714) 628-7267

Other Questions
Zac Nguyen

(714) 289-3107

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Student Spotlight

"Attallah College shares my ideal that each student should be given the opportunity to reach his or her potential and receive an equal education regardless of strengths or weaknesses. The professors treat their students as colleagues, getting to know each of us as individuals and helping us to reach a higher level of thinking on the subjects they have mastered."
– Christian Juel '17