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Loyola Marymount University Bulletin 2017-2018 
Loyola Marymount University Bulletin 2017-2018 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Special Education, M.A. with a Preliminary 2042 Education Specialist Credential

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Contact Information

Acting Program Director: Diana Limon

Academic Advisor: Danielle West


The Master of Arts in Special Education combined with the Education Specialist credential prepares candidates from a variety of academic backgrounds to work with students with exceptional needs.  Completion of the program results in a Master of Arts degree in Special Education and a preliminary Education Specialist credential. The benefits of this combined M.A. and credential in the area of special education include:

  • Acquisition of the knowledge and skills needed to create access to learning for students with exceptionalities
  • Focus on removing barriers to learning for students with exceptionalities through the lens of social justice
  • Authentic connection and experience working with students with exceptional needs
  • Completion of a combined credential/M.A. program in two years.

Program Admissions Requirements

  • Graduate Application
  • Candidate Information Sheet
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
    • At least 1 letter must verify the applicant’s experience and familiarity with the elementary school age group.
    • Letters cannot be written by family members or friends.
  • Technology Requirement Form
  • Fingerprint Clearance Form
  • Statement of Intent
    • 3-5 page essay describing how applicant’s experiences, qualities, and goals reflect the School of Education’s conceptual framework: REAL (Respect, Educate, Advocate, Lead).
  • 2 sealed, official transcripts from all colleges and/or universities attended
  • Verification of 20 hours of experience working with culturally diverse youth in the age group applicant plans to teach.
  • Professional Resume
  • Proof of satisfying California’s Basic Skills Requirement
    • Official CBEST passing scores or equivalent
  • Subject Matter Competency Test (CSET) Plan of Action
  • Certificate of Clearance (COC)
  • Proof of Satisfying the U.S. Constitution Requirement
  • Tuberculin Skin Test Results
  • Interview with Program Director
  • A cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0, or a 3.05 in the last 60 undergraduate units, or a 3.0 in at least 9 graduate units
  • For applicants who completed an undergraduate/graduate degree outside of the U.S.A.:
    • Transcript evaluations
    • TOEFL or IELTS minimum score

Program Requirements

And one of the following in alignment with target grade level for credential:

Total: 35 semester hours

Additional Requirements

  • Prerequisite Coursework
  • Student Teaching Requirements
  • Health Education for Educators
  • Professional Advising
  • CSET Score Report
  • Disposition Rubric
  • M.A. Coursework
  • Fieldwork Application
  • Culminating Fieldwork Requirements
  • Comprehensive Examination
  • Exit Interview
  • Reading Instruction Competence Assessment (RICA)
  • Application for Credential
  • Application for Master of Arts Degree

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