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M.S. in Special Education

Mission Statement

The mission of the School of Education is “to equip Christian educators to impact public, private, mission, and homeschools through biblically-centered education, scholarship, and service.”

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Master of Science in Special Education, students will be able to:


Identify and articulate God’s calling as Christian educators by reflecting on their spiritual journey and their educational preparation through a Biblically integrated essay, reflective prayer projects, and authentic learning experience assignments; and demonstrate Christian attitudes and actions conducive to professional excellence and witness by maintaining high professional disposition marks in coursework and fieldwork.

2.Examine and analyze their students’ cognitive, social, and physical growth through the gathering of student profile data, monitoring their progress, and providing constructive feedback to maximize students’ optimum development through a fieldwork assessment case study and authentic learning experience assignments.ULO-1

Demonstrate respect for diversity in cross-cultural and special population educational settings in order to promote equity and justice as exhibited in differentiated learning plans, authentic learning experience assignments, journal article position papers, and high marks in professional dispositions throughout coursework and fieldwork experiences.


Exhibit growth in one’s professional practice by utilizing professional databases, conducting empirical research, and articulating findings through effective communication in both speaking and writing.


Design and implement developmentally appropriate lessons, by using the California state-adopted academic content and Common Core Standards as a foundation for lessons that integrate aspects of God’s natural revelation. This outcome will be exhibited through journal article review and responses, and an inclusion lesson plan and report.


Design and implement appropriate and learning strategies, demonstrated through a fieldwork assessment case study, research papers, fieldwork interviews and reports, and case study reports.


Design and practice strategies that foster a safe and equitable learning environment that encourages students to take intellectual risks, demonstrated through a collaboration project and a behavior management project.

8.Analyze, evaluate, and apply knowledge of current special education settings, and legislative requirements from a biblical perspective through preparing a philosophy of education, analyzing case studies, and developing an educational portfolio.ULO-1

Conduct quality database and empirical research, communicate findings, and evidence initial pursuit of lifelong learning by successfully completing the thesis or research project with a focused topic in special education.


Curriculum Map

A Curriculum Map shows which courses in a degree program are responsible to intentionally develop each PLO at the Introductory, Developing, and Mastery levels.

Assessment Plan

An Assessment Plan is a listing of the student work that will be used to assess achievement of each learning outcome.

Assessment Schedule

An Assessment Schedule is a 5-year schedule that indicates when each of the PLOs will be assessed and when the comprehensive Program Review will occur.

Annual PLO Assessment Reports

The Annual Reports from each year’s PLO assessment.

No Annual PLO Assessment Reports are currently available for this program.

Program Review Executive Summary

The Executive Summary report from the most recent comprehensive Program Review.

The Executive Summary is currently unavailable for this program.