2020-2021 Catalog Fall Update

Special Education, Master of Education

The Master of Education in Special Education program at City University is designed to provide educators with current evidence-based practices in the continuum of Special Education designs that are aligned with Washington State Standards and criteria for Special Education teacher practices. Emphasis is placed upon effective instructional practices, assessment of student learning, development of short and long term learning goals, differentiated instruction for individual needs and best practices for increasing student learning/growth. Upon successful completion of all requirements, educators earn a Master of Education in Special Education. A Washington state teacher may also complete the requirements for a Special Education endorsement.

Master of Education degrees may require additional documentation of Professional certification programs or academic credentials. Exceptions to these policies may be made by the dean.

Program Outcomes

The Master of Education in Special Education will prepare students to:

Interpret educational theories and scholarship to inform best practices in education and create engaging learning environments supporting the diverse needs of students.

Utilize quantitative reasoning skills to analyze data to inform instruction and assessment that support evidence-based decisions in diverse settings.

Demonstrate a commitment to the ethical and professional dimensions of teaching through culturally responsive practices.

Integrate personal and professional development to navigate the complexities within educational settings.

Interpret and apply critical thinking pedagogy through reflective practice.

Admission Requirements

In addition to City University of Seattle's graduate admission requirements, found under Admissions in the catalog menu, applicants to this program must also meet the requirements listed below:

  • Complete a bachelor degree from an accredited institution with a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher or a master or doctoral degree from an accredited institution with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Complete a Master of Education Admissions Questionnaire
  • Submit a Resume
  • Submit three professional  reference letters
  • Submit a Goal Statement that includes a statement of your career goals and how this Master of Education program will help you attain your goals (at least one page in length, but not longer than two pages)


(Procedure 2100.01.01)

Total Required Credits (36-37 Credits)

Foundational Core (12 Credits)

ECU 504Graduate Research and Methodology


ECU 506Practice of Diversity and Global Education


ECU 508School and Community Engagement


Special Education Core (21-22 Credits)

ETC 608 is an optional course for candidates pursuing an endorsement in a Washington state Special Education classroom. 

ESP 670Exceptionality


ESP 528Student Assessment and Evaluation


ESP 525Behavior Analysis and Management


ESP 529Fundamentals of the IEP Process


ESP 674Low Incidence


ESP 675Curriculum Modifications and Collaboration


ESP 555Classic Autism/High Functioning


ETC 608Practicum


Master Thesis Project (3 Credits)

ECU 601Master of Education Capstone Project