At a Glance

  • Units: 41
  • Cost Per Unit: $621
  • Typical Program Duration: 5–6 semesters

Master of Science in Special Education

Our Master of Science in Special Education degree is designed for individuals seeking to work with students who have mild to moderate learning, emotional and intellectual disabilities. As a student in this program, you will participate on faculty-led research teams and contribute to publications for peer-reviewed journals.

This fully online 41-unit program can be completed in four semesters and is designed to prepare highly effective special educators who plan to work in challenging school environments. Students in this program who live in the State of California can also complete prerequisite courses and the 12-unit SEED 584/585 Student Teaching in Special Education sequence that will allow them to earn their Education Specialist Credential (Mild/Moderate) from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

The program provides instruction and applied experiences in behavior management, instructional programming, data-based decision making, psycho-educational assessment, legal issues, and collaborative programming among general and special educators. Students will learn to apply specialized techniques within a continuum of educational settings working with students whom have been identified with varying disabilities. During the student's initial semester, he or she will be assigned to a faculty-led research team that will remain together throughout the student's entire program. Collaboration among this team will lead to published articles in peer-reviewed journals and scholarly presentations at professional conferences. View program sheet (PDF).

The program has three distinct elements:

  • Core coursework (16 units)
  • Special Education coursework (24 units)
  • A capstone experience (1 unit)

Core Coursework
SEED 501: Philosophy and Values in School and Society (3)
SEED 503: Educational Research and Statistics (3)
SEED 524: Research in Culture and Intercultural Instruction (3)
SEED 553: Writing Literature Reviews (2)
SEED 596: Professional Development Module (1)
TTBE 732: Life of Christ (3)
SEED 548: Collaborative Research (1)

Special Education Coursework
SEED 532: Diagnosis and Remediation in Reading (3 units; 20 fieldwork hours required)
SEED 561: Issues in Special Education (3)
SEED 562: Assessment and Evaluation of Exceptional Learners (3 units; 10 fieldwork hours required)
SEED 563: Teaching Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities in Inclusive Settings (3 units; 10 fieldwork hours required)
SEED 564: Behavior and Classroom Management for Students with Special Needs (3 units; 10 fieldwork hours required)
SEED 580: Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders (3 units; 10 fieldwork hours required)
SEED 582: Consultation, Collaboration, and Communication for the Education Specialist (3)
SEED 583: Curriculum Design for Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities (3 units; 40 fieldwork hours required)

Capstone Experience
SEED 598: Curriculum Research Project (1) or
SEED 599: Thesis (1)

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

Biola University
13800 Biola Ave. La Mirada, CA 90639