Through its mentor-guided clinical component, the MA in Education with a California Teaching Credential in Special Education prepares highly skilled special education instructors who are ready to hit the ground running.

We believe the best way to prepare great teachers is through real-world experience. In addition to teaching in theory and methods, our program’s internship component provides a paid, mentor-guided teaching experience in a K–12 setting, where every assignment and class is designed to develop the unique skills and strategies you’ll need to succeed in the special education environment. Our program lets you earn your MA in Education while simultaneously getting your Preliminary Special Education credential. You’ll be mentored by seasoned special education veterans, many of whom have taken time out of the special education arena to pursue doctoral work or to participate in research projects.

Our candidates simultaneously earn their master of arts degree and one of the following credentials:

  • Preliminary Special Education Credential: For those who want to work with students who have disabilities.
  • Expedited Special Education Program for General Educators: For the general educator who wants to earn a Preliminary Education Specialist Credential.
Program Highlights
  • Our teacher candidates must meet a clinical requirement in three out of four terms, translating to 42 weeks’ invaluable classroom experience—compared to six or seven weeks in standard programs.
  • Each qualified student admitted to the program will be awarded a $20,000 California Future Teachers Fellowship.
  • Teacher candidates who complete the program through the CGU internship typically earn an average of $48,000 annually within months of starting coursework.
  • CGU’S Teacher Education Program has built strong relationships with more than 150 school districts, which recognize that CGU has a reputation for producing high-quality teachers; the result is ample internship opportunities for our student-teachers.
  • Within five years of earning a Preliminary Credential in California, a teacher must earn a Clear Credential from an approved Induction Program. CGU has both a Preliminary Credential Program and an Induction Program.
  • CGU’s Induction Program can jump-start advanced study by enabling you to earn units applicable to an MA or PhD from the School of Educational Studies.

Program at a Glance

38 units

15–19 months

Spring | Summer

Teacher Education

MA in Education; Credential, Special Education

California Future Teachers Fellowship

California is facing a teacher shortage. Claremont Graduate University’s Teacher Education Program is responding to this impending crisis by providing fellowship support to future K-12 educators. Each qualified student admitted to the program will be awarded a minimum of $20,000 through the California Future Teachers Fellowship.

Featured Courses

EDUC 338
Emotional, Behavior & Health Issues in Special Education

Introduces advanced emotional and behavior methodology to support the academic and social needs of students with disabilities for social justice.

EDUC 687
Special Education Law & Policy

Considers the importance of special education laws, procedures, and evidence-based practice, as well as the policy and ethics underpinning them.

EDUC 301
Teaching/Learning Process I

Introduces students to practical skills of teaching in a special education K–12 setting.

EDUC 303
Teaching/Learning Process II

Improves students’ internship experiences by focusing on classroom management, student engagement, strong lesson planning, establishing positive rapport, establishing positive behavior supports, and differentiated curriculum.

EDUC 305
Teaching/Learning Process III

Offers a deeper understanding of the cultures of K–12  school and community and how both influence the success of students in their classrooms.

Teaching/Learning Process IV – SPED

Examines dominant theories of child development and education, including behaviorism, constructivism, social-constructivism, brain-based learning and critical pedagogy.

Curriculum Breakdown

Phase 1: Pre-Teaching
Semester Courses Total Units
Summer Teaching/Learning Process I; Literacy; Subject-Specific Methods; Clinical: Pre-Teaching 12 Units
Phase 2: Internship/Residency
Semester Courses Total Units
Fall Teaching/Learning Process II; Technology; Emotional Behavior & Health I; Clinical: Internship or Residency 8 Units
Spring Teaching/Learning Process III; Technology; Clinical: Internship or Residency 8 Units
Phase 3: Post-Teaching
Semester Courses Total Units
Summer Teaching/Learning Process IV; Emotional Behavior & Health II; Evidence-Based Practices 10 Units

Faculty & Research

  • DeLacy Ganley profile image

    DeLacy Ganley

    Dean, School of Educational Studies
    Professor of Education

    Research Interests

    Culturally relevant education; resiliency and achievement of marginalized populations; intersection of families, community, and school; language acquisition; social capital theory; systems theory

  • Rebecca Hatkoff profile image

    Rebecca Hatkoff

    Clinical Assistant Professor

    Research Interests

    Critical Social Justice Teaching Competencies; Classroom and School Ecology; Effective and Empowering Pedagogy for all Students, Teacher Candidates, and Teachers; Strength-Based Views of Schools, Teachers, Students, Households, and Communities

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