At a Glance

  • Units: 38
  • Cost Per Unit: $621
  • Typical Program Duration: 2-3 years while teaching full-time

Master of Arts in Education

Special Education

The Special Education concentration assists regular classroom teachers who serve special needs students, teachers who may be considering our Special Education Credential, and administrators and curriculum specialists who desire to strengthen their special education expertise.  This program can be taken on-campus, online, or a combination of both. Successful completion of the first four courses provides the graduate student an institution-sponsored Special Education Certificate.  SEED580: Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders (3 units), students can fulfill a 15-unit concentration in Special Education.

The Master of Arts in Education with a Concentration in Special Education is a 38-unit program that can be completed in 2–3 years while teaching full time.  View program sheet (PDF).

The program has three distinct elements:

  • Core coursework (22 units)
  • A concentration of Special Education coursework (15 units)
  • A capstone experience (1 unit)

Core Coursework
SEED 501: Philosophy & Values in Schools & Society (3)
SEED 502: Advanced Educational Psychology (3)
SEED 503: Educational Research and Statistics (3)
SEED 504: Advanced Curriculum & Instruction (3)
SEED 524: Research in Culture & Intercultural Instruction (3)
SEED 554: Professional Writing (3)
TTBE 732: Life of Christ (or other approved TTBE course) (3)
SEED 596: Professional Development Module (1)

Special Education Coursework
SEED 561: Issues in Special Education (3)
SEED 562: Assessment and Evaluation of Exceptional Learners (3)
SEED 563: Teaching Students with Mild Disabilities in Inclusive Settings (3)
SEED 564: Behavior and Classroom Management for Students with Special Needs (1)
SEED 580: Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders (3)
Courses above online only.

(select one)
SEED 598: Research Project (1)
SEED 599: Thesis (1)

To see this program’s admissions requirements, click here.

Biola University
13800 Biola Ave. La Mirada, CA 90639