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Master of Arts in Special Education

Earn your masters in Special Education from Brandman University at nearly 15 campuses throughout California.

Special education teachers are positive change agents who are driven to pursue appropriate opportunities for students with special needs. These exceptional professionals serve as advocates for children with disabilities so they can be educated in the least restrictive environments that will enable them to achieve their goals.

The MA in Special Education program provides students with advanced knowledge based on top industry standards to address education learning challenges and improve teaching strategies that enhance student performance. Special education masters students will develop valuable leadership skills and learn to understand industry policy, program development, research, evaluation principles and ethical practices.

Emphasis Options

Candidates completing a second emphasis area within one master's degree program may not use coursework from one emphasis area to fulfill the requirements of the second. Although completing the special education masters program does not satisfy the requirements for the preliminary education specialist credential, we do offer alternative options to achieve it including our Master of Arts in Teaching degree combined with credential curriculum. Additional credentials and authorizations are available in autism, behavior analysis and early childhood special education across the spectrum from mild to severe.

Program availability may vary by campus location..

Christina Portillo is the principal at R.H. Dana Elementary in Dana Point, California. She decided to get her Doctorate in Education at Brandman because she wanted to be a better leader. Christina says that her Brandman education helped her understand how to work more effectively with her staff and provide greater leadership. Since Christina has been principal, her school has been named a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence.


Designed For Busy Adult Students.

We offer programs on campus, online, or both with year round enrollment. Some School of Education programs are offered fully online, or attend convenient evening classes one night a week on campus. 

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Besides Brandman's competitive tuition, our innovative curriculum will teach you to develop groundbreaking ideas that create positive change within the educational landscape of your community.

Private, Nonprofit, Accredited.

All School of Education programs are nationally accredited by The National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and all credential programs are accredited by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC).

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