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Curriculum

Master of Arts in Special Education
with Mild/Moderate Education Specialist Preliminary Credential

A two-year internship program | 42 credits


See L&I Special Education and Teacher Education (TEC) course descriptions in the
School of Education section of the USF General Catalog online.

FIRST YEAR

Summer | 14 credits

  • TEC 613 - Multiple Subject Curriculum and Instruction: Math & Science (3 credits)
  • TEC 621 - Multiple Subject Curriculum and Instruction: Early Literacy (3 credits)
    • The courses above may be waived for those who have a California Single or Multiple Subject credential within the last 7 years.
      (Courses may be transferred from another institution.)
  • L&I 637 - Teaching Diverse Groups (2 credits)
    • Initial Fieldwork Support Practicum meets at the beginning of summer; provides preparation in urban and multicultural schools.
  • L&I 636 - Educational Practices for the Learning Specialist (3 credits)
  • L&I 665 - Development of Legal and Educational Foundations for the Learning Specialist (3 credits)
    • A Beginning Teacher Preparation Intensive, these classes meet the last two weeks in July.

Fall | 7 credits

  • L&I 631 - Working with Students and Families in a Multicultural Society (2 credits)
  • L&I 633 - Assessment in Special Education (3 credits)
  • L&I 639 - Intern Teaching Seminar I (2 credits)

Spring | 6 credits

  • L&I 622 - Instructional Uses of Technology for Learning Specialists (2 credits)
  • L&I 659 - Collaboration and Consultation (3 credits)
  • L&I 640 - Intern Teaching Seminar II (1 credit)
    • Classes, meeting once per week in the evening, address the foundations of teaching and special education, technology integration, special education laws and processes, working with students, peers, and parents.
    • Continuing Intern Teaching Seminar courses, meeting two Thursdays per semester, provide relevant instruction at the university, support in your classrooms, reflection, assessments, and evaluation of teaching, and completion of documentation required for the credential.

TEC 642 - Health Education (1 credit) - Flexible - May be taken anytime during the two-year program on three 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

  • L&I 675 - Data-based Instruction (3 credits)
  • L&I 678 - Intern Teaching Seminar III (1 credit)

Spring | 4 credits

  • L&I 676 - Behavioral Management (3 credits)
  • L&I 679 - Intern Teaching Seminar IV (1 credit)
    • Classes, meeting once per week in the evening, address literacy teaching skills, classroom management techniques, and more advanced special education methods and teaching strategies..
    • Intern Teaching Seminar courses provide ongoing university support for your classroom experience and three evening university sessions per semester providing instruction, discussion, reflection, assessments, and evaluation of teaching, and completion of documentation required for the credential.

The master's degree requires two additional courses.

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

  • L&I 641 - Research in Special Education (3 credits)
    • Offered in the early summer, addresses research in special education and writing the thesis.
  • L&I 638 - Master's Thesis (3 credits)
    • Thesis or Project Development, is offered in fall or spring as a directed study under the supervision of a full time faculty advisor and requires the development of a field project or thesis.