A minimum of 36 semester units of coursework is required for a Master of Arts in Special Education or an Individualized Master of Arts in Disability Studies. All candidates must receive advisement and an education plan must be developed prior to admissions to the Master of Arts program. There are fourteen (14) core units. Twenty-two (22) elective units may be chosen from select FPU Preliminary Education Specialist Credential courses as well as an extensive list of electives. Up to nine (9) units may be transferred from another university.

Program director

Julie M. Lane, Ed.D.

Associate Professor, Division Chair for Educational Leadership

Admission requirements

  • Application form and fee
  • Educational Plan
  • Three letters of reference and forms
  • Official transcripts verifying BA/BS degree
  • Verification of negative TB test (within last 12 months)
  • Academic Writing Sample
  • Certificate of Clearance

Course listing

Required Courses

Master Of Arts Core (14 Units)
ED-779Values in School and Society3
EDRH-794Thesis Introduction & Literature Review3
EDRH-795Research methods in Education3
EDRH-796Thesis Completion1
SPEC-603Theology of Disability1
SPEC-708Analytical, Critical, and Technical Writing2
SPEC-796Leadership and Communication1
Elective Units

Applicants who have completed an FPU Preliminary Education Specialist Credential or are seeking a Master of Arts in Special Education only may select from the following course work to meet the twenty required elective units.

SPEC-601Foundations and Health3
SPEC-602Special Education Law and Ethics3
SPEC-605Positive Behavior Support3
SPEC-606Medical Implications2
SPEC-607Comparative Development3
SPEC-609Special Education: Roles and Responsibilities3
SPEC-610Transition: Mild/Moderate Disabilities3
SPEC-611Transition: Moderate/Severe & Early Childhood3
SPEC-612Curriculum and Technology: Mild/Moderate3
SPEC-613Curriculum and Technology: Moderate/Severe3
SPEC-615Curriculum and Technology: Early Childhood Special Education3
SPEC-620Early Childhood: Program Design & Development3