Nov 28, 2023  
Loyola Marymount University Bulletin 2020-2021 
Loyola Marymount University Bulletin 2020-2021 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Special Education, M.A. - Intern Program

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Contact Information

Interim Program Director: Victoria Graf

Assistant Director (LA Partnerships): Natasha D’Costa

Assistant Director (Northern California Partnerships): Stephanie Serventi


The Master of Arts in Special Education coursework combined with the Education Specialist credential coursework prepares candidates from a variety of academic backgrounds to work with students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities.  Completion of the program results in a Master of Arts degree in Special Education. The benefits of this M.A. in the area of Special Education include:

  • Acquisition of the knowledge and skills needed to create access to learning for students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities.
  • Focus on removing barriers to learning for students with disabilities through the lens of social justice
  • Authentic connection and experience working with students with disabilities


All students in the Special Education teaching credential that are successfully progressing in their teaching credential program requirements are eligible to apply for admission into the Master of Arts in Special Education degree program. Partnership programs may include but are not limited to: TFA, CAST, PLACE Corps, Green Dot, KIPP, PUC, Rocketship, Wonderful, and Seneca. Some candidates in their teaching credential program may require additional pre-service coursework, required coursework, and requirements in order to be eligible for credential recommendation and progression into the Special Education M.A. program. For specific requirements, please see Education Specialist teaching credential intern pathways requirements.

Program Outcomes

As a result of this program, candidates will:

  • Demonstrate reflective praxis through a Social Justice lens while actively engaging with all stakeholders, including but not limited to, persons listed in CTC Program Standard 4 (e.g., children, parents, educators, etc.)
  • Exhibit knowledge and practice of professional, legal, and ethical standards to show evidence of engagement and educational practices to support all stakeholders
  • Cultivate inclusive educational environments for all PK-12 diverse learners through the development and use of positive behavioral, social, and environmental supports for learning
  • Apply knowledge of non-biased evidence-based principles of assessment and interpret data to make appropriate and equitable academic, behavioral, and instructional decisions
  • Design lessons based on Universal Design for Learning (UDL) guidelines that are aligned to California content standards
  • Utilize evidence-based differentiated strategies and implement engaging and developmentally appropriate culturally and linguistically sensitive instruction

Program Admissions Requirements

This program is available only to candidates who have been admitted to, and are on track for, completion of the coursework for the Special Education teaching credential intern pathway programs only.

  • Application for M.A. from Credential
  • 3.0 minimum GPA in the Credential Intern pathway program

* Specific partnerships may have alternate requirements different from those listed above.

Degree Requirements

Total: 35 semester hours

Additional Requirements

  • Application for Master Degree
  • Partnership-specific requirements for admission or progression
  • Credential Requirements
  • Professional Advising
  • Exit Interview
  • MA Capstone Project
  • Research Symposium Participation

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