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Attallah College of Educational Studies

» Joint Special Education & Multiple Subject Credential

Fall 2020 Priority Application Deadline:
June 15, 2020

 See all Teacher Education 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 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
  • RICA: 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

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is Chapman University located?

Chapman University is located in the City of Orange, California, near historic Old Towne Orange. Our beautiful campus is centrally located in Orange County, a short distance from the 5, 55, 22, and 91 freeways.

When are classes held?

All classes are held in the late afternoon and evenings, between 4 p.m. and 10 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Fieldwork takes place in late afternoon during the summer or during a typical school day in fall and spring.

When is the application deadline?

Chapman admits one cohort per year to the special education teaching credential and MA in Special Education programs. See the graduate admission webpage for all Attallah College application deadlines.

What teaching programs do you offer?

Chapman offers combined master's degree and teaching credential programs in both general education (elementary and secondary) and special education. See the Teaching Credential webpage for a list of available credential programs.

How long does the program take to complete?

Chapman's combined MA in Special Education and Preliminary Education Specialist (Mild/Moderate or Moderate Severe) credential program can be completed in 18 months, full time.

Our Joint Preliminary Multiple Subject & Preliminary Education Specialist Mild/Moderate credential program is a two-year, full-time program. Teacher candidates in this program also earn an MA in Special Education.

All Chapman Special Education programs offer part-time options.

Can I enroll in a credential-only program?

No, Chapman offers combined teaching credential and master's degree programs.

What is the cost of the program?

Tuition for the 2020–2021 academic year is $1,025/credit.
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Where can I information about tuition, financial aid, scholarships, and grants?

Visit these webpages for more details about the cost of Chapman Teacher Education Programs as well as available scholarships and grants:

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 Education or Dean. The Associate Dean or 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 or 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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