M.Ed. Special Education (32 units)

This M.Ed. concentration provides candidates with in-depth knowledge of research and advanced coursework in Special Education. The topics included within the coursework of this concentration will be grounded in recent research findings and include implications to the varied settings within the Special Education field. Candidates will advance their knowledge of how to address the needs of students with specialized disorders that are beyond the scope of typical credential programs. The faculty will challenge students to reflect on their leadership roles and how they might influence innovation and reform to increase their educational effectiveness for students with special needs. Participation in the program may provide candidates with the opportunity to add a second Education Specialist credential to their resume.

Candidates may be eligible to transfer 8-12 units from their Education Specialist Credential into the masters program.


  • CURR321 Research Methods and Application (3)
  • CURR345 Teacher Action Research (3)
  • CURR384 Writing a Literature Review (2)

  • SPED310 Advanced Topics in Special Education (2)
  • SPED312 Specialized Disorders of Students with Special Needs (3)
  • SPED343a* or SPED343b* 21st Century Curriculum and Instruction for Students with Special Needs (3)
  • SPED385 Masters Project in Special Education (4)
  • IMPACT SPED Credential Courses (12)
  • Curriculum Electives** (4-12)

*NOTE: This course may enable the candidate to qualify for an additional Education Specialist credential. This option is dependent on transcript analysis.

**Non-IMPACT credential candidates may be extended up to 8 units of transferrable SPED credential coursework towards a SPED M.Ed. (dependent on transcript analysis).

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Admissions Criteria

Two recommendations are required to be accepted (one must be from a current employer). The TCSJ Graduate Studies Department will contact your recommenders once your application is received and provide them with a link to an online recommendation form.



Teachers College of San Joaquin is approved by the California State approved Agency to enroll veterans and other eligible persons.

TCSJ will maintain a written record of the previous education and training (e.g. transcripts) of veterans and eligible persons. The record will clearly indicate if credit has been granted and candidates will be notified accordingly per 21.4253 (d)(3)