Grad Students in Lecture
Click to play

Program Benefits

Master's in Special Education
with Mild/Moderate Education Specialist Preliminary Credential


"The University of San Francisco has a wonderful Learning and Instruction program that focuses on the practical side of teaching Special Education, putting the theory to use in our classrooms. The teachers equipped us with good teaching strategies and practices, and counseled us through the challenges of teaching special needs kids. I enjoyed my learning experience and made great friends through the program."

Special Ed Alumni

As you search for the best fit for your future, consider the benefits of obtaining a degree and credential in this unique program.

Two Years to a Master's degree and Teaching Credential

All requirements needed to obtain your Master of Arts Degree in Special Education and Preliminary California Education Specialist Credential with Mild/Moderate Authorization can be completed in the two-year program, including summers.

Earn While You Learn with a Full-Time Teacher's Salary

You will be earning the full salary and benefits offered by your school district as a mild/moderate special education teacher while you attend USF. Job placement assistance is provided in the program. Coursework is relevant, practical, job-related, and is based on current models of education and research.

Extensive Support and Mentoring

A full-time faculty member will be your program advisor. In addition, doctoral students will provide you with one-on-one and small group mentoring. The fieldwork coordinator can help you secure a job and complete all credential requirements. On the job, you will have a Fieldwork Supervisor and a District Support Provider to help you with your classroom and other job needs.

Evening Courses

After the initial summer courses, classes take place on Wednesday evenings. During the first year, there are additional Thursday classes.

Small Class Size

Cohort groups average 20 to 30 students, with the faculty and staff dedicated to supporting you and assuring your success.

Support for Testing Required by the State

Classes and study materials are available to help you prepare for the RICA and other tests mandated for the teaching credential.

Technology Integration

You will learn to use educational and adaptive technologies that are integrated into the curriculum.

Hands-on and Activity-Based Learning

In class you participate in a variety of engaging activities, problem solving, and other hands-on, small group experiences designed to be useful to you as you teach your students.

Also see Frequently Asked Questions  >>