Education - Special Education


Masters Degree


Degree Details
  • Required Major Units
    30
  • Cost Per Unit
    $655
  • Estimated Major Cost
    $20k
  • Avg. Completion (Months)
    12
  • Accreditation
    WASC Accredited

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Master of Science in Education: Specialization in Special Education



Overview

The Master of Science in Education Specialization in Special Education degree program will prepare students to advance their proficiency as well as their professions as trainers, teachers, counselors, curriculum developers, administrators, designers and leaders in a range of special education 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 with specialized expertise. Graduates will not only be prepared to advance professionally, but to contribute actively to the body of knowledge in the field of special education.

The online Master of Science in Education Specialization in Special Education degree program will examine the principles of teaching that can be derived from psychological theories and research, including behavioral, cognitive, and social theories. Coursework will cover curriculum development and instruction, teaching strategies, research methods in education, contemporary issues, and K-12 educational systems in the global society.

12 units of the Specialization Course Requirements are fulfilled through enrollment in California Commission approved teacher induction or internship program in special education.

Consistent with the University student outcomes, upon completion of the Master of Science in Education with a Specialization in Special Education 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 Special Education.
  6. Develop a broad foundation upon which to analyze educational systems in the global society.
  7. Understand how exceptionalities may interact with development and learning.
  8. Recognize safe, inclusive, culturally responsive learning environments.
  9. Use knowledge of generalized and specialized curricula to evaluate individualized learning.
  10. Demonstrate knowledge of multiple methods of assessment and data-sources used in making educational decisions.
  11. Demonstrate knowledge of evidence based instructional strategies to advance learning of individuals with exceptionalities.
  12. Demonstrate knowledge of ethical principles and professional practice standards.
  13. Be familiar with methods to encourage collaboration with families, related professionals, and agency personnel in culturally responsive ways to address the needs of individuals with exceptionalities.

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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
Summer 2019
EDU501 AE Session 1
05/06/2019
06/30/2019
Online N/A N/A Farris, Shari Lee
Summer 2019
EDU501 BE Session 2
07/01/2019
08/25/2019
Online N/A N/A May, Marisa Rae
Fall 2019
EDU501 AE Session 1
09/03/2019
10/27/2019
Online N/A N/A Staff
Fall 2020
EDU501 AE Session 1
08/31/2020
10/25/2020
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
Summer 2019
EDU521 BE Session 2
07/01/2019
08/25/2019
Online N/A N/A Reardon, Catheryn Lynn
Fall 2019
EDU521 AE Session 2
10/28/2019
12/22/2019
Online N/A N/A Staff
Fall 2019
EDU521 BE Session 2
10/28/2019
12/22/2019
Online N/A N/A Staff
Fall 2020
EDU521 AE Session 2
10/26/2020
12/20/2020
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
Summer 2019
EDU522 BE Session 1
05/06/2019
06/30/2019
Online N/A N/A Norwood, Kathryn
Fall 2019
EDU522 BE Session 1
09/03/2019
10/27/2019
Online N/A N/A Staff
Fall 2019
EDU522 AE Session 1
09/03/2019
10/27/2019
Online N/A N/A Staff
Spring 2020
EDU522 AE Session 1
01/06/2020
03/01/2020
Online N/A N/A Staff
Fall 2020
EDU522 AE Session 1
08/31/2020
10/25/2020
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
Summer 2019
EDU525 CE Session 1
05/06/2019
06/30/2019
Online N/A N/A Norwood, Kathryn
Summer 2019
EDU525 AE Session 2
07/01/2019
08/25/2019
Online N/A N/A Fernandez, Aja K.
Fall 2019
EDU525 AE Session 2
10/28/2019
12/22/2019
Online N/A N/A Staff
Spring 2020
EDU525 AE Session 2
03/02/2020
04/26/2020
Online N/A N/A Staff
Summer 2020
EDU525 BE Session 1
05/04/2020
06/28/2020
Online N/A N/A Staff
Summer 2020
EDU525 AE Session 2
06/29/2020
08/23/2020
Online N/A N/A Staff
Fall 2020
EDU525 AE Session 2
10/26/2020
12/20/2020
Online N/A N/A Staff
Spring 2021
EDU525 AE Session 2
03/01/2021
04/25/2021
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 2019
EDU534 AE Session 2
07/01/2019
08/25/2019
Online N/A N/A Simnjanovski, Riste
Summer 2019
EDU534 CE Session 2
07/01/2019
08/25/2019
Online N/A N/A Simnjanovski, Riste
Summer 2019
EDU534 BE Session 2
07/01/2019
08/25/2019
Online N/A N/A Simnjanovski, Riste
Fall 2019
EDU534 AE Session 1
09/03/2019
10/27/2019
Online N/A N/A Staff
Spring 2020
EDU534 AE Session 1
01/06/2020
03/01/2020
Online N/A N/A Staff
Summer 2020
EDU534 AE Session 2
06/29/2020
08/23/2020
Online N/A N/A Staff
Summer 2020
EDU534 BE Session 2
06/29/2020
08/23/2020
Online N/A N/A Staff

Specialization Requirements (15 units)

12 units of the Specialization Course Requirements are fulfilled through enrollment in California Commission approved teacher induction (SPE510 & SPE511) or internship (SPE512 & SPE513) program in special education.

Induction and Reflective Coaching and Teaching in Special Education I

Induction and Reflective Coaching and Teaching in Special Education I

Candidates complete supervised field study of first year of approved Teaching Induction Program in special education, practicum and directed teaching with students. They complete advanced field-based experiences of research, and application of learning/teaching principles with students in an approved special education classroom setting as well as supervised teaching experiences that are assigned as appropriate. Evidence of satisfactory completion of first year induction program requirements in special education is required to pass this course. Pass/Fail. Prerequisite: Enrollment in Commission approved teacher induction program in special education.


Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
Summer 2019
SPE510 AE Session 1
05/06/2019
06/30/2019
Online N/A N/A Bowden, A. Greg
Fall 2019
SPE510 AE Session 1
09/03/2019
10/27/2019
Online N/A N/A Staff
Spring 2020
SPE510 AE Session 1
01/06/2020
03/01/2020
Online N/A N/A Staff
Induction and Reflective Coaching and Teaching in Special Education II

Induction and Reflective Coaching and Teaching in Special Education II

Candidates complete supervised field study requirements for the second year in approved Teaching Induction Program in special education, and practicum and directed teaching with students. They also complete advanced field-based experiences of research, and application of learning/teaching principles with students in an approved special education classroom setting. Evidence of eligibility to apply for the Clear Credential is required to pass this course. Pass/Fail. Prerequisite: Enrollment in second year of Commission approved teacher induction program in special education.


Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
Summer 2019
SPE511 BE Session 2
07/01/2019
08/25/2019
Online N/A N/A Norwood, Kathryn
Fall 2019
SPE511 AE Session 2
10/28/2019
12/22/2019
Online N/A N/A Staff
Spring 2020
SPE511 AE Session 2
03/02/2020
04/26/2020
Online N/A N/A Staff
Summer 2020
SPE511 AE Session 2
06/29/2020
08/23/2020
Online N/A N/A Staff
Internship and Reflective Coaching and Teaching in Special Education I

Internship and Reflective Coaching and Teaching in Special Education I


Courses will be available in a future semester.


Internship and Reflective Coaching and Teaching in Special Education II

Internship and Reflective Coaching and Teaching in Special Education II


Courses will be available in a future semester.


Critical Issues in Special Education

Critical Issues in Special Education

This course engages education leaders in an in-depth analysis of controversial issues in special and general education. It encourages active debate in three broad areas: 1) special education and society, social policy, and practice; 2) inclusion, philosophies, and epistemologies; and 3) issues about exceptionality and critical considerations about specific issues in the field. (3 units)


Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
Spring 2020
SPE540 AE Session 2
03/02/2020
04/26/2020
Online N/A N/A Staff

Faculty

Cammy Purper

Cammy Purper, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Education / Chair, Department of Education / Interim Chair, Department of Arts and Sciences

Office Phone: (951) 343-3935
Email: cpurper@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.

Associate 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

Admission Requirements

  • A Bachelor’s degree
  • Minimum GPA of 2.5 for conditional admission; 2.75 GPA for unconditional admission consideration
  • Official sealed transcripts
  • 500 word essay covering these areas:

    • Purpose for entering the program
    • Why you are suited to be an educator
    • Reasons for choosing to study at California Baptist University

Step 1:

Apply Online

Step 1a:

Complete the financial aid application: FAFSA
CBU FAFSA School Code: 001125

Step 2:

Your personal admissions counselor will contact you to assist with enrollment, registration and financing your education

Step 3:

Student will supply official transcripts to admissions counselor

Step 4:

Admissions counselor will meet with you to complete the registration process and provide an estimated financial aid award/education financing plan

Step 5:

Admissions counselor will introduce you to your Academic “One Stop Advisor” to complete your academic degree plan and assist you in navigating your academic career to graduation.





*Student may begin class once this step has been completed

This serves as an admissions process general guide, may vary based on transfer units, test scores, etc. See your admissions counselor for your personal enrollment plan.

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