Master of Arts in Education major in Special Education

DLSU-D Program Offerings

The Master of Arts in Education major in Special Education program equips teachers and professionals with knowledge, values and skills to handle and teach exceptional children.

Master of Arts in Education major in Special Education

The Master of Arts in Education major in Special Education program equips teachers and professionals with knowledge, values and skills to handle and teach exceptional children. It aims to form competent and professionally trained teachers for exceptional children.

Basic Subjects

  • Foundations and Principles of Teaching in Special Education
  • Methods of Research in Education
  • Advanced Educational Statistics with Computer Application

Major Subjects

  • Curriculum for Exceptional Children
  • Instructional Methods for Exceptional Children
  • Modern Trends and Issues in Special Education
  • Psycho-Educational Assessment for Exceptional Children
  • Advanced Behavioral Intervention for Exceptional Children
  • Design, Development, and Management of Special Education Programs for Exceptional Children

Cognate (Any 2)

  • Design, Development, and Management of Special Education Programs for Gifted Children
  • Design, Development, and Management of Special Education Programs for Learning Disabilities
  • Design, Development, and Management of Special Education Programs for Behavioral Disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorder

Other Requirements

  • Passing the Written Comprehensive Examination (WCE)
  • Foreign Language
  • The Life of St. John Baptist de La Salle
  • Thesis Writing

Applicants to the COEd Graduate Studies must:

  • Have a grade point average (GPA) of 87.00 or its equivalent in the undergraduate course for application in the master’s degree; and 91.00 or its equivalent in the master’s degree for application in the doctorate program. A student who has obtained a GPA lower than 87.00 for master’s degree or 91.00 for a doctorate program may be allowed to enroll on a probationary status for two semesters/terms or upon the recommendation of the GS Director to the College Dean. However, he/she has to maintain a passing GPA for two (2) successive semesters after his/her admission in a graduate program.
  • Pass the Graduate Entrance Examination for the respective courses. If the applicant is a De La Salle Philippines school alumnus/alumna, faculty or employee, he/she is exempted from taking the entrance exam.
  • Pass an interview with the COEdGS Director and/or Dean.
  • Submit to the COEdGS Office the following requirements:
  • a. filled out application form which could be downloaded from the DLSU-D website.
    b.transcript of records with Special Order (S.O. number)
    c.two pieces latest passport size pictures
    d. photocopy of college diploma for master’s degree applicants and both college degree and master’s degree diplomas for doctorate applicants
    e. Birth Certificate – NSO - original
    f. Marriage Certificate (for married female applicants)-NSO - Original
    g. Recommendation letters from two credible personalities
    h. Certificate of Employment (from present employer)
    i. Permit to study from his/her employer (if applicable)

Master of Arts in Education major in Special Education

  • He/She must be a graduate of BEE/BSE/AB in Psychology, Special Education, Early Childhood Education or any allied degree.
  • Preferably, he/she must have at least one (1) year teaching/working experience in his/her field of study.
  • For non-BEE/BSE/AB Psychology/SPED/ECE graduate, he/she must have earned twelve (12) units of bridging courses/professional education subjects preferably Principles of Teaching, Instructional Materials Development, Curriculum Development, Facilitating Learning/Educational Psychology.
  • The grades of the students are computed based on the following criteria: Major Examinations – 30% + Class Standing – 70%
  • Class standing shall be given percentage as follows: 20-30% for research (such as book review, self-made portfolio of reading and personal theories, etc.); and the remaining percentage will be allocated to other factors like recitation, assignments, class activities, oral and written reports, quizzes, etc.
  • There are two major examinations in a semester: Midterm and Final. The major examinations for master’s and doctorate degrees in regular, modular, and partial mode distance courses are scheduled by the GS Office with the approval of the Office of the Dean and in coordination with the Registrar’s Office.
  • Students who fail to take any of the two major examinations may apply for a special examination. In applying for special examination, the following procedures should be observed:
    1. The student shall request for a special examination from his/her professor. He/she must fill-out a special examination form, which can be obtained from the Registrar’s Office.
    2. The accomplished form, together with the supporting documents (medical certificate, affidavit, etc.) shall be submitted to the professor concerned for signature.
    3. The student shall take the signed form with the attachments to the GS Director’s Office for approval.
    4. The student shall pay the special examination fee at the Accounting Office.
    5. The student shall submit the form with the Official Receipt to his/her professor.
    6. The professor shall prepare the special examination and administer the exam on a scheduled date and time. The scheduled date of the special exam should not be later than the last day of the semester the subject was enrolled.
  • Midterm and final grades should be shown to the students in class or accessed through the MyDLSUD portal.
  • No numerical grade will be given to Thesis Writing/Dissertation Writing. Only the word PASSED will be reflected in the manuscript, grading sheet, and the transcript of records.
  • The GPA may be obtained through the following procedure:
    1. Multiply the credit for each subject by the corresponding grade points merited in each subject to get the honor points. Units corresponding to undergraduate pre-requisite/refresher courses are not included in the computation
    2. Add all the honor points to get the total; and
    3. Divide the total honor points by the total number of credit units during the semester. Indices are computed to four decimal places rounded off to three.
  • The maximum residency for master’s program shall be seven (7) years including thesis writing. In the case of the doctorate program, the maximum residency shall be nine (9) years including dissertation writing.
  • A student is allowed to file a leave of absence (LOA) for a semester, renewable for another semester. However, this LOA is counted in his maximum residency.
  • If a student fails to complete the program within the given period (7-year/9-year residency), he/she will have to enroll six (6) units of refresher courses for master’s program and nine (9) units for doctorate program on the first year beyond the maximum residency, with additional three (3) units for each succeeding year that re-enrollment is deferred. Once re-enrolled, a student should not anymore be allowed to take a leave of absence. The refresher courses to be enrolled are Research, Statistics, and major subjects.
  • If a student is on his/her thesis/dissertation writing and at the same time on the seventh/ninth year of stay in the university (MRR), respectively, he/she shall be given a one-year grace period to finish his/her research and will not be subject to take additional refresher units.

Remedial courses or attendance to major courses (tuition fee is waived/free sit-in program) may be attended by those who:

  • Failed the comprehensive examination (first take).
  • Failed the Board Exam for Guidance Counselors (after they have attended the Enhancement Program/Creative Course offered by COEdGS).