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Attallah College of Educational Studies

» Joint Education Specialist & Multiple Subject Credentials

With just two years of full-time study, graduates of Chapman University's joint credential Special Education program obtain an M.A. in Special Education and two teaching credentials: Preliminary Multiple Subject and Preliminary Education Specialist Mild Moderate Support Needs (MMSN, formerly Mild/Moderate). 


Chapman's M.A. in Special Education and Joint Education Specialist & Multiple Subject Credentials 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.

The Regular Application Deadline is: May 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

This joint credential program prepares teacher candidates to (1) teach all subjects in a self-contained, elementary (K–6) classroom or specialized multiple subject programs at the secondary level as well as (2) serve as special education teachers in TK-12 public schools in inclusive, learning centers, and when necessary, special day class settings.

Our students learn to be effective communicators, advocates for students, leaders and change agents, and mediators of diversity.

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Special Education alumna Stephanie Weinfeld

Alumni Spotlight

"Every professor that I had in the Special Education program was extremely influential and amazing. Coming from doing my undergrad at a state school with huge classes, it was so refreshing to have personal relationships with each and every professor that I had here at Chapman.”

– Stephanie Weinfeld '19