Program Overview

Program Features

  • Instruction and assignments are aligned to job demands, connecting theory and research to practice.
  • Highly qualified instructors have extensive experience in diverse, multicultural, urban schools working with a wide range of students with disabilities.
  • Students are members of a close-knit cohort in small, personalized classes.
  • Students receive extensive supervision and mentoring, on the job and in class, providing the support interns need to meet job, program, and state requirements.
  • Our intern teachers learn practical skills that they can apply the next day in their K-12 classrooms.
  • USF helps students find jobs as paid special education intern teachers.

PROGRAM DELIVERY

  • Students attend an intensive summer program, from the end of May through mid-July, to prepare for their first teaching assignments.
  • Students attend class in addition to working full-time as a paid special education intern teacher.
  • Fall and spring classes are one night per week, on Wednesdays.
  • Intern Teaching Seminar courses meet a few Thursdays each semester in year one and continue in year two on Wednesday evenings.

MA IN SPECIAL EDUCATION: ONE-YEAR PATHWAY FOR CREDENTIAL HOLDERS ONLY

Candidates entering into the one-year track of the Special Education master's program may be eligible to transfer up to nine credits of coursework*. Coursework must have been completed within the last seven years for eligibility. For more information about course transfer credits, please contact the department Program Coordinator at abortega@usfca.edu or (415) 422-5622.

APPLY FOR THE ONE YEAR PATHWAY for credential holders

COURSE DETAILS | 30-39 CREDITS

SUMMER | 12 CREDITS

*Transferable Courses – Up to 9 Credits

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  • Loading... - Flexible - May be taken anytime during the two-year program on four successive Saturdays. Course may be waived for those who have a California Single or Multiple Subject credential within the last 7 years or prior qualifying health course.
FALL | 7 CREDITS
SPRING | 6 CREDITS
SUMMER | 5 CREDITS
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    Offered in the early summer, addresses research in special education and writing the thesis.
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    Thesis or Project Development, is a directed study under the supervision of a full time faculty adviser and requires the development of a field project or thesis.

MA IN SPECIAL EDUCATION (FOR NON-CREDENTIAL HOLDERS)

COURSE DETAILS | 42 CREDITS

FIRST YEAR

SUMMER | 14 CREDITS
FALL | 7 CREDITS
SPRING | 6 CREDITS
TEC 642 - Health Education (1 credit) - Flexible - May be taken anytime during the two-year program on four successive Saturdays. Course may be waived for those who have a California Single or Multiple Subject credential within the last 7 years or prior qualifying health course.

SECOND YEAR

FALL | 4 CREDITS
SPRING | 4 CREDITS

THE MASTER'S DEGREE REQUIRES TWO ADDITIONAL COURSES.

The master's degree may be completed during the second year of the credential program or in an optional third year. | 6 credits

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    Offered in the early summer, addresses research in special education and writing the thesis.
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    Thesis or Project Development, is offered in fall or spring as a directed study under the supervision of a full time faculty adviser and requires the development of a field project or thesis.