M.Ed. in Special Education with Education Specialist Credential

UCR Special Education MED program

Are you interested in becoming a special education teacher in California? UC Riverside's Master's degree in Special Education program will prepare you to navigate all areas of teaching, and can be completed in just over a year.  You'll earn your Education Specialist Instructional Credential in mild/moderate and moderate/severe authorizations in one-year (4 quarters), and coursework for your M.Ed. in Special Education will be completed in the 5th quarter of the program.


Program Overview

  • Tuition approximately $22,650. Scholarships and financial aid available including our Special Education Scholars program which funds a limited number of qualified students who enroll in this program
  • Field and practicum experiences completed at assigned school sites with partnering school districts during the day
  • Late afternoon and evening classes on the UCR campus

Admissions Requirements

  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution 
  • A minimum 3.0 GPA based on the last 90 quarter units in the baccalaureate program
  • Passage of Basic Skills and Subject Matter requirements  
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official degree posted transcripts 

Curriculum Overview

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