Student Resources



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Program Handbooks

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 and Waivers

These petitions, forms, and applications for waivers help students progress through each stage of their MA in Special Education degree and credential program.

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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. 

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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 placement, and any additional testing requirements.

More on Applying for the Award of the Credential

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SPED Master’s Exam

The SPED MA exam (SPED 896EXM) is one of the options to fulfill the culminating experience requirement for the master’s degree. The exam is held remotely once in the fall and once in the spring semesters. 

More on the SPED master’s Exam

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Steps to Master's Graduation

Upon successful completion of all program coursework, completion of culminating experience and filing appropriate forms, students may apply for graduation with the Division of Graduate Studies.

- Report of Completion
- More Steps to Graduation