Current Students

The Department of Special Education (SPED) resources for current students, which includes faculty advising, program road maps.



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Roadmaps & Handbooks

The roadmap provides a program plan for students to complete the degree, credential, or both based on the semester they are admitted. The roadmaps are aligned with the schedule of courses. Changes in the roadmap must be made through regular consultation with a faculty advisor.

More about SPED Course Roadmaps

Student Handbooks provide important tools to guide candidates through the university and department policies with detailed explanations of program requirements, curriculum, and competencies.

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Forms & Checklists

These petitions and forms help students progress through each stage of their Special Education degree and credential program.

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Division of Graduate Studies Forms, Waivers, and Petitions

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Student Teaching Guidelines

All of the SPED programs incorporate a student teaching placement(s) as part of the curriculum of each credential area, in compliance with the California Commission on Teaching Credentialing (CTC) standards. Student teaching is conducted during the final semester of study, after all of the credential coursework is completed. All student teaching placements must be approved by the Program Coordinator.

More on Student Teaching Procedures

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Applying for the Award of the Credential

Students may apply for the award of the credential upon completion of all the coursework, student teaching, and any additional requirements issued by the California Commission on Teaching Credentialing (CTC). Students must complete and submit an application to a credential analyst in the Credential and Graduate Services Office in Burk Hall 244. Some additional documentation and fees may be required.

More on Applying for the Award of the Credential

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SPED Master’s Exam

The SPED M.A. exam (SPED 896EXM) is one of the options to fulfill the culminating experience requirement for the master’s degree. The exam is held once in the fall and once in the spring semesters for a four-hour duration. Students should check with their Program Coordinator for study guides at least one semester prior to taking the exam.

More on the SPED master’s Exam

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Steps to Master's Graduation

All students in the Masters in Special Education program need to submit the Advancement to Candidacy and the Proposal for Culminating Experience forms. The forms need to be approved and signed by your faculty advisor and another committee member. Then submit the signed forms to the SPED office in the semester prior to your final semester (by mid-March for Fall and mid-October for Spring). Upon successful completion of all program coursework outlined within the ATC and the SPED M.A. exam, students may apply for graduation with the Division of Graduate Studies.

Visit the Division on Graduate Studies