Education - Disability Studies


Masters Degree


Degree Details
  • Required Major Units
    30
  • Cost Per Unit
    $615
  • Estimated Major Cost
    $18k
  • Avg. Completion (Months)
    12
  • Accreditation
    WASC Accredited

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Master of Science in Education: Specialization in Disability Studies



Overview

The online Master of Science in Education with a Specialization in Disability Studies degree program will prepare students to advance their proficiency as well as their professions as trainers, teachers, counselors, curriculum developers, administrators, course designers, mild-to-moderate special education educators, and leaders in a range of educational settings and capacities. The program provides a purposeful balance between theory, practice and research.  Students will have the opportunity to enhance their skills, knowledge and value, explore expanded career options, and work toward professional goals as effective educators who are not in need of a state credential in teaching or administration. Graduates will not only be prepared to advance professionally, but to contribute actively to the body of knowledge in the field of education and disability studies.

The online Master of Science in Education with a Specialization in Disability Studies degree program is designed for professionals interested in serving persons with disabilities. Specialized coursework prepares students to take a proactive role in defining and enacting policies at the government, corporate, or organizational level that reflect and recognize the needs and value of people with disabilities. Graduates will also be fully prepared to provide leadership in disability ministries as well as lead local churches in the integration of persons with disabilities. The concentrated program prepares leaders and thinkers to challenge and change the way communities, organizations, government agencies, and religious institutions interact and engage with people experiencing disabilities.

Consistent with the University student outcomes, upon completion of the Master of Science in Education with a Specialization in Disability Studies degree, graduates will be able to:

  1. Effectively present information orally and in writing.
  2. Evaluate a range of contemporary issues related to education from different leadership and worldview perspectives and develop a worldview and leadership philosophy.
  3. Examine principles of teaching that can be derived from psychological theories and research for both pedagogy and andragogy.
  4. Examine multiple influences for curriculum development, and investigate procedures for organizing curriculum for effective learning.
  5. Apply educational research to the field of disabilities studies.
  6. Develop a broad foundation upon which to analyze educational systems in the global society.
  7. Apply the knowledge and skills that build productive relationships in order to mobilize necessary resources.
  8. Apply effective principles to manage employees, faculty, and staff for serving persons with disabilities.
  9. Demonstrate knowledge of the laws and public policies regarding person with disabilities.
  10. Evaluate research and theory regarding foundation skills for managing programs and systems that serve diverse populations.
  11. Examine the process of program development, evaluation, and improvement regarding disability and persons affected by disability with a focus on industry standards and best practice.
  12. Develop the necessary skills to contribute to the field of disability studies utilizing research tools and materials.

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Course Requirements

Core Requirements (15 units)

Leadership, Worldviews and Contemporary Issues

Leadership, Worldviews and Contemporary Issues

Students will evaluate a range of contemporary issues related to education from different leadership and worldview perspectives and develop a worldview and leadership philosophy. Students are equipped with a foundational understanding of worldviews and leadership so as to be informed catalysts for change in education environments. (3 units)


Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
Spring 2017
EDU501 AE Session 1
01/11/2017
05/02/2017
Online N/A N/A Cawthon, Sally E.
Fall 2017
EDU501 AE Session 1
09/05/2017
10/29/2017
Online N/A N/A Staff
Fall 2017
EDU501 BE Session 1
09/05/2017
10/29/2017
Online N/A N/A Staff
Fall 2018
EDU501 AE Session 1
09/04/2018
10/28/2018
Online N/A N/A Staff
Theories of Learning and Teaching

Theories of Learning and Teaching

Examination of principles of teaching that can be derived from psychological theories and research, including behavioral, cognitive, and social theories. (3 units)


Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
Spring 2017
EDU521 AE Session 2
03/06/2017
04/30/2017
Online N/A N/A Hovey, Mitchell R.
Summer 2017
EDU521 BE Session 1
05/08/2017
07/02/2017
Online N/A N/A Bowden, A. Greg
Summer 2017
EDU521 DE Session 1
05/08/2017
07/02/2017
Online N/A N/A Farris, Shari L.
Fall 2017
EDU521 AE Session 2
10/30/2017
12/23/2017
Online N/A N/A Staff
Spring 2018
EDU521 AE Session 2
03/05/2018
04/29/2018
Online N/A N/A Staff
Summer 2018
EDU521 AE Session 2
07/02/2018
08/26/2018
Online N/A N/A Staff
Fall 2018
EDU521 AE Session 2
10/29/2018
12/22/2018
Online N/A N/A Staff
Curriculum Theory and Development

Curriculum Theory and Development

This course is an overview of curriculum from the societal level to the classroom level and the experiences of the learner. Provides opportunity to explore development of the school curricula, K-12; to examine philosophical bases for curriculum development; and to investigate procedures for organizing the curriculum for effective learning. (3 units)


Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
Spring 2017
EDU522 AE Session 1
01/09/2017
03/05/2017
Online N/A N/A Farris, Shari L.
Summer 2017
EDU522 AE Session 2
07/03/2017
08/27/2017
Online N/A N/A Norwood, Kathryn
Summer 2017
EDU522 BE Session 2
07/03/2017
08/27/2017
Online N/A N/A Farris, Shari L.
Fall 2017
EDU522 AE Session 1
09/05/2017
10/29/2017
Online N/A N/A Staff
Spring 2018
EDU522 AE Session 1
01/08/2018
03/04/2018
Online N/A N/A Staff
Fall 2018
EDU522 AE Session 1
09/04/2018
10/28/2018
Online N/A N/A Staff
Survey of Educational Research

Survey of Educational Research

An introduction to research methods in education. Provides opportunity to develop skill in interpreting research literature; to become acquainted with sources of research literature; to develop an understanding of the methodology of educational research; and to become a critical reader of research reports. An emphasis on the teacher as researcher will provide a basis for assignments. (3 units)


Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
Spring 2017
EDU525 BE Session 1
01/09/2017
03/05/2017
Online N/A N/A Norwood, Kathryn
Spring 2017
EDU525 CE Session 1
01/09/2017
03/05/2017
Online N/A N/A Norwood, Kathryn
Spring 2017
EDU525 DE Session 2
03/06/2017
04/30/2017
Online N/A N/A Reardon, Catheryn Lynn
Spring 2017
EDU525 AE Session 2
03/06/2017
04/30/2017
Online N/A N/A Crist, Mary F.
Summer 2017
EDU525 AE Session 2
07/03/2017
08/27/2017
Online N/A N/A Norwood, Kathryn
Fall 2017
EDU525 CE Session 1
10/30/2017
12/23/2017
Online N/A N/A Staff
Fall 2017
EDU525 DE Session 1
09/05/2017
10/29/2017
Online N/A N/A Staff
Fall 2017
EDU525 AE Session 2
10/30/2017
12/23/2017
Online N/A N/A Staff
Spring 2018
EDU525 AE Session 2
03/05/2018
04/29/2018
Online N/A N/A Staff
Summer 2018
EDU525 AE Session 2
07/02/2018
08/26/2018
Online N/A N/A Staff
Fall 2018
EDU525 AE Session 2
10/29/2018
12/22/2018
Online N/A N/A Staff
International and Comparative Education

International and Comparative Education

This course examines K-12 educational systems in the global society. Students will compare schooling in various societies and examine the history of their respective educational systems and how the systems were organized to meet the political, social and economic agenda of the 21st century. By examining different approaches to common problems, students will have a broad foundation upon which they can analyze and evaluate different strategies for problem solving educational issues. Students will develop their personal worldview of international education based on a Judeo-Christian worldview. (3 units)


Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
Summer 2017
EDU534 AE Session 2
07/03/2017
08/27/2017
Online N/A N/A Simnjanovski, Riste
Summer 2017
EDU534 BE Session 2
07/03/2017
08/27/2017
Online N/A N/A Pryfogle, Pam
Spring 2018
EDU534 AE Session 1
01/08/2018
03/04/2018
Online N/A N/A Staff
Summer 2018
EDU534 BE Session 2
07/02/2018
08/26/2018
Online N/A N/A Staff
Summer 2018
EDU534 AE Session 2
07/02/2018
08/26/2018
Online N/A N/A Staff

Specialization Requirements (15 units)

Complete fifteen (15) units from the following:

Introduction to Disability Studies*

Introduction to Disability Studies*

This course includes a survey of disability studies with a focus on theoretical questions of how societies create understandings of impairments and what the consequences are for individuals and communities. Prerequisite: DSS 501. (3 units)


Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
Fall 2018
DSS503 AE Session 1
09/04/2018
10/28/2018
Online N/A N/A Staff
History and Politics of Disability Policy

History and Politics of Disability Policy

This course includes a survey of disability studies with a focus on theoretical questions of how societies create understandings of impairments and what the consequences are for individuals and communities. Prerequisite: DSS 501. (3 units)


Courses will be available in a future semester.


Legal and Ethical Issues in Disability

Legal and Ethical Issues in Disability

This course introduces legal and ethical concepts and challenges facing persons with disabilities and those who work with them. Students consider both the principles that guide legal and ethical choices, as well as practical implications of those principles and choices. Topics include personal responsibility, assisted suicide, advance directives, educational inclusion, parenting, marriage, medical issues, and other ethical questions. Prerequisites: DSS 501 and 503. (3 units)


Courses will be available in a future semester.


Disability Ministry

Disability Ministry

This course includes a biblically-based examination of the theory, theology, development, curriculum, and logistics of ministry to persons with disabilities and their families. Students also consider church structures and practices as they relate to people with disabilities. Prerequisite: DSS 520. (3 units)


Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
Spring 2017
DSS527 AE Session 1
01/09/2017
03/05/2017
Online N/A N/A McNair, Jeff L
Social Role Valorization and Human Supports

Social Role Valorization and Human Supports

Students pursue an in-depth study of social role valorization as a foundational principle in disability studies and human supports. Major foci include ideas of "wounding;" the impact of social role theory; and understanding the impact of interventions, attitudes, and perceptions on devalued people. Prerequisites: DSS 501 and 503. (3 units)


Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
Fall 2018
DSS543 AE Session 2
10/29/2018
12/22/2018
Online N/A N/A Staff
Disability Policy

Disability Policy

This course focuses on legislation, litigation, and administrative foundations for the provision of services to persons with disabilities. Topics include the development of rights and civil protections in the USA, advocacy, and policy formulation and establishment. Prerequisite: DSS 509. (3 units)


Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
Spring 2017
DSS545 AE Session 1
01/09/2017
03/05/2017
Online N/A N/A McNair, Jeff L
* Recommended introductory course to be taken first in rotation

Faculty

Jeff McNair

Jeff McNair, Ph.D.

Professor of Education / Director of M.A. in Disability Studies

Office Phone: (951) 343-4489
Email: jmcnair@calbaptist.edu
Department: Education
A. Bowden

A. Greg Bowden, Ed.D.

Associate Professor of Education / Director of Masters in Organizational Leadership

Office Phone: (951) 343-5560
Email: abowden@calbaptist.edu
Department: Education
Mary Crist

Mary Crist, Ed.D.

Professor of Education

Office Phone: (951) 343-3931
Email: mcrist@calbaptist.edu
Department: Education
Robert Crosby

Robert G Crosby, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Office Phone: (951) 343-3976
Email: rcrosby@calbaptist.edu
Department: Behavioral Sciences
Dirk Davis

Dirk Davis, Ed.D.

Associate Vice President for Academics / Professor of Education

Office Phone: (951) 343-3905
Email: ddavis@calbaptist.edu
Department: Education
Mitchell Hovey

Mitchell Hovey, Ed.D.

Professor of Education

Office Phone: (951) 343-3980
Email: mhovey@calbaptist.edu
Department: Education
Elizabeth Morris

Elizabeth A. Morris, Ph.D.

Professor of Education / Associate Dean for OPS Assessment and Accreditation

Office Phone: (951) 343-3923
Email: emorris@calbaptist.edu
Department: Education
Kathryn Norwood

Kathryn Norwood, Ed.D.

Dean of Assessment and Accreditation

Office Phone: (951) 343-2190
Email: knorwood@calbaptist.edu
Department: Education
Cammy Purper

Cammy Purper, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Education / Chair, Education / Director of M.S. in Education

Office Phone: (951) 343-3935
Email: cpurper@calbaptist.edu
Department: Education
Riste Simnjanovski

Riste Simnjanovski, D.P.A.

Dean of Faculty Development

Office Phone: (951) 343-3968
Email: rsimnjan@calbaptist.edu
Department: History & Government

Admission Requirements

  • A Bachelor’s degree
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 for unconditional admission; 2.5 GPA for conditional admission consideration
  • Official sealed transcripts
  • 2 recommendations - Recommendation Form
  • Current Resume
  • 500 word essay covering these areas:

    • Purpose for entering the program
    • Long term professional goals
    • Reasons for choosing to study at California Baptist University

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Step 4:

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Step 5:

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877-228-5657
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Disability Services

Phone: 951-343-2190
Email: dss@calbaptist.edu