Special Education, M.A.


Department of Literacy, Early, Bilingual, and Special Education

M.A. in Special Education - Requirements

Dr. William Garnett, Coordinator
Education Building, Room 341

Admission Requirements

In addition to the admission requirements listed in the Graduate Education Program section of this catalog, admission to the M. A. in Special Education program requires the following:

  1. Evidence of a minimum GPA of 3.0 on all postbaccalaureate coursework.
  2. Evidence of Level I/Preliminary Credential.
  3. An interview with the program coordinator.*
  4. Statement of purpose
  5. Three letters of recommendation

*Required for applicants coming from programs other than those at Fresno State.
Program Requirements. Under the direction of the graduate adviser, each student prepares and submits an individually designed program within the following framework:

Core requirements (19 units)
SPED 155 [or equivalent - Level I Credential holders] (3 units)
SPED 175 (M/M) or SPED 176 (M/S) [or equivalent] (6 units)


SPED 125 [or equivalent - Preliminary Credential holders] (3 units)
SPED 175 (M/M) or SPED 176 (M/S) [or equivalent] (6 units)

SPED 219 (3 units)
SPED 233 (3 units)
SPED 243 (3 units)
SPED 298 or 299 (4 units)

Area of specialization (9 units)
--- Mild/Moderate Disabilities ---
SPED 235, SPAN 236, and SPAN 246
--- Moderate/Severe Disabilities ---
SPED 235, SPAN 236, and SPAN 247

Total (31 units)

* Students meet the Graduate Writing Requirement by passing the writing component of SPED 233. Contact the coordinator of the Special Education Program for more information.


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