Special Education Master of Arts Degree

This program builds on the strengths of the state approved credential preparation program and serves as an effective forum for exploring the ideas, experiences, and issues encountered by new teachers in their classrooms and schools on a more intensive level.  The ability to share experiences and issues with other new teachers who are part of their cohort extends the power and purpose of the teacher preparation program design.  The opportunity to engage with experienced educators provides an added dimension to the learning experience in the initial years of teaching.

Students in the Master of Arts in Special Education program meet all of the requirements of the Graduate School of Education's California Commission on Teaching Credentialing approved Education Specialist teaching preparation program concurrently with the required research and required courses.

*Only students of the Touro Education Specialist credential program are eligible for this program of study.

Advanced Coursework:

9 Units of Research Courses:

  • EDUC 710: Introduction to Research for Educators (3 units)
  • EDUC 716: Reading/Writing Educational Literature (3 units)
  • EDUC 795: Master’s Thesis/Project Seminar (3 units)

3 Units of Core Coursework:

  • SPEC 710: Advanced Intervention in Classroom and School Supports (3 units)

*Total: 48 units. (12 units Master's coursework, plus 36 units of Credential Special Education Coursework.)

Frequently Asked Questions:

What does this degree allow you to do?

  • Teach in a Special Education classroom, either mild/moderate or moderate/severe. 

What are the unique features of Touro's Special Ed program?

  • Focus on inclusion
  • Focus on instructional strategies
  • Practical teaching skills developed

How long does the program take?

  • When combined with the SPED Preliminary credential, the program is 48 units, generally 2 years.

How much does it cost?

For the 18-19 academic year:

  • For SPED Preliminary Credential: 36 units x $600 per unit=$21,600; Software and books=$700
  • For Master's in Special Education, an additional 12 units of coursework: 12 units x $600 per unit=$7,200. 
  • Financial aid is available
  • Tuition and Fees posted here: Link

Can you transfer credits to the program?

  • Up to 12 credits can be transferred in the credential completion programs, upon program approval.

Location of classes?

  • Touro University, Mare Island, Vallejo

When do classes meet?

  • Classes meet in the evenings, usually one or two times per week.


Linda Haymes, Ph.D. 
Program Chair and Associate Professor


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