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2022/2023 University Catalog 
2022/2023 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Education, Special Education: Specialization in Early Childhood Concentration, M.A.

(Major Code: 08081) (SIMS Code: 331983)

The Master of Arts degree in education with a concentration in special education provides the professional educator with advanced knowledge and skills in special education. This degree has many requirements in common with the Education Specialist Clear/Induction Credentials in Special Education, and may be earned concurrently with those credentials. The M.A. degree can include specializations in the following areas:     autism, early childhood, developing gifted potential, mild/moderate support needs, extensive support needs, and school to adult transition. All programs must be approved by the graduate adviser. Although the M.A. degree is usually linked to a teacher credential, it is open to individuals with undergraduate degrees in a wide range of disciplines in consultation with the graduate adviser.

Selection of Plan A or Plan B

In general, applicants will be programmed for Plan B, the seminar plan. After the student is approximately halfway through the program, has secured an adviser and established a project plan, permission to transfer to Plan A may be requested. Plan A is designed for students who have a particular research problem they wish to investigate in some detail. Requests for transfer to Plan A must be prepared as an official change in program for the master’s degree, countersigned by the faculty adviser, and submitted to the Office of Graduate Programs in the College of Education.


Admission to the Masters of Arts degree in education with a specialization in early childhood special education.

Advanced Specialization

Culminating Experience

(3-6 Units)


* In departmentally approved sections.