These Spartan Accelerated Graduate Education (SAGE) Scholars Programs allows students in Liberal Studies, Preparation for Teaching, BA to simultaneously complete the requirements for the Baccalaureate, Education Specialists Credential (Mild/Moderate or Moderate/Severe ) and Special Education, MA . Students can progress from undergraduate to graduate status seamlessly, with a simplified application process and no application fee. They complete all degrees in less time as compared to completing them separately. Graduates of this program develop the knowledge and skills necessary to creatively meet the learning needs of students from Kindergarten through age 22 who have disabilities requiring mild, moderate, or extensive support. They most often work in school and/or residential settings.
Summary of Degree Units
|Liberal Studies, Preparation for Teaching, BA
|Special Education, MA + Education Specialist Credential
For more information, contact the Program Director Susan Verducci-Sandford.
Most native and transfer students will become eligible to apply for the SAGE Scholars program in the Fall semester of Year 3 and enter the pathway during the Spring semester of Year 3. Applications will be processed by the Department of Special Education and without an application fee. Students will not need to apply formally for graduate admission if accepted into this program. to be eligible:
- Students must have successfully completed a minimum of 60 undergraduate degree applicable units and not more than 120 undergraduate degree applicable units at the time of program;
- Students must have completed the undergraduate Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) prior to admission into the program;
- Students must have a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA at time of admission. GPA is calculated by the last 60 semester (or 90 quarter) units taken or a student’s cumulative GPA, whichever is higher Note that this is a higher GPA standard than other SAGE Scholars programs; and,
- Students must meet the Special Education, MA and Education Specialisit Credential admissions requirements.
Students who have reached up to their first semester as classified seniors will remain eligible for entry into the SAGE program. Second semester, senior-level students enrolled in the term they expect to graduate from their baccalaureate degree are not eligible to enter into the SAGE program as these students will not gain the accelerated graduate-level benefit offered through the SAGE blended program option.
Continuation requirements: SAGE Scholars must meet the same requirements to remain in the undergraduate and graduate programs as students in traditional pathways. Requirements for program continuation and advancement to candidacy in the graduate program, include:
- Complete successfully 9 units of graduate coursework in the Special Education program;
- Demonstrate aptitude for advanced work in professional education as measured by instructor appraisals, evaluation of previous academic work, recommendation by qualified professionals, or other assessments;
- Meet with a graduate advisor to plan a formal course of study. The MA degree-approved programs are individually designed to meet specific student objectives;
- To enter student teaching, students must have completed the Elementary Subject Matter requirements (CSETs or ESM waiver requirements);
- To convert to graduate status, students must have completed their 45 hours of pre-professional service;
- To convert to graduate status, students must have completed all lower-division (including lower-division general education courses and American Institutions courses) and SJSU Studies requirements; and,
- The proposed graduate program must be approved by the graduate coordinator before the student may be considered a candidate for the MA degree.
Graduation Requirements: SAGE Scholars must meet the same undergraduate graduation requirements as all Liberal Studies Teacher Preparation majors, including University and GE requirements, to be conferred the BA. As graduate students, SAGE Scholars students must meet all current graduate program requirements. Upon completion of the credential requirements, students must have achieved an SJSU cumulative grade point average of 3.0 in their graduate work order to be recommended for a credential.
Program Requirements (164 units)
Liberal Studies, Preparation for Teaching, BA (107 units)
Students must satisfy all of the major and Undergraduate University Graduation Requirements , which includes unit, GPA, and residency requirements as well as the below identified General Education , American Institutions, Graduation Writing Assessment and Physical Education requirements. Courses that meet Undergraduate University Graduation Requirements are noted with an area designation (see Course Abbreviations ).
Field Study Courses with Pre-Professional Experience:
45 hours included in LSTP 185
, and 10 hours included in each LSTP 85A
Major Requirements (99 units)
Special Education, MA + Education Specialist Credential (57 units)
- EDEL 108D - Curriculum: Mathematics 1-3 unit(s) (3 units required)
- EDSE 102 - Speech, Language & Typical, Atypical Dev 3 unit(s) (S) (satisfies Area of Specialization for the Liberal Studies, Preparation for Teaching, BA)
- EDSE 192B - All Learners: An Introduction to Disabilities 1 unit(s)
- EDSE 192C - Inclusive Strategies for Educating Students with Disabilities 1 unit(s) (EDSE 192A is also accepted for students in the Moderate/Severe Disabilities option)
- EDSE 192D - Introduction to Special Education Policy and Law 1 unit(s)
- EDSE 215 - Assessment And Evaluation of Individuals with Mild/Moderate Disabilities 3 unit(s)
- EDSE 216A - Teaching Reading and Language Arts 3 unit(s)
- Option 1 - Mild/Moderate Disabilities (9 units): EDSE 217A - Directed Teaching I 6 unit(s) and 3 unit(s)
- Option 2 - Moderate/Severe Disabilities (9 units): EDSE 154 - Practicum and Student Teaching in Special Education 6 unit(s) and 3 unit(s)
- EDSE 218D - Teaching Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders 3 unit(s) (EDSE 218B also accepted)
- EDSE 224 - Methodologies for Second Language Learners in Special Education Programs 1-3 unit(s) (3 units required)
- EDSE 228A - Topics in Collaboration and Transition 3 unit(s)
- EDSE 231 - Issues and Research in Special Education 3 unit(s)
- EDSE 231X - Educational Research: Design and Implementation 3 unit(s)
- EDSE 234 - Advanced Fieldwork in Special Education 3 unit(s)
- EDSE 235A - Movement, Mobility, Sensory and Health 3 unit(s)
- EDSE 241 - Emerging Technology for All Learners 3 unit(s)
- EDSE 279 - Managing Behavior and Emotional Problems of Students in Special Education 3 unit(s)
- EDSE 285 - Seminar on Issues Related to Teaching Exceptional Individuals 3 unit(s) (GWAR)
- Plan B (Project): EDSE 220 - Research Seminar on Exceptional Individuals 3 unit(s)
Students will complete a master’s project or research paper. This a significant undertaking that evidences originality and independent thinking, appropriate form and organization, and a rationale. The final paper includes the significance, objectives, methodology and a conclusion or recommendation.
Total Units Required (164 units)
The Education Specialist Credential is currently undergoing curriculum revision required by the California Commission for Teacher Credentialing adding two new classes: EDSE 234 and EDSE 235A (effective for 2021-2022 Academic Year). The following Education Specialist Credential Courses are shared with the Masters: EDSE 218B , EDSE 224 , EDSE 228A , EDSE 235A , EDSE 241 , and EDSE 279 .
The Liberal Studies, Preparation for Teaching, BA requires the completion of LING 108 or CHAD 150 , and CHAD 151 . Students satisfy these courses in this SAGE Scholars Program by completing EDSE 216A and EDSE 224 . Students must complete a minimum of 120 units to satisfy the bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 30 units to satisfy the master’s degree. In order to satisfy these requirements, 10 units of the credential count towards the bachelor’s degree and remaining units of the credential count towards the master’s degree.