M.S. in Special Education

The Educational Psychology Department is primarily a graduate department offering master's degrees and credential programs. Educational Psychology post-baccalaureate and graduate courses (5000- and 6000-level courses) are open only to students who have been admitted to, and remain in good standing in, programs within the department. This restriction does not apply to students enrolled in the Special Education Option in Liberal Studies, the combined program in Teacher Education and Special Education (TED/SPED), or EPSY 5021. Potential applicants interested in the master's programs are encouraged to take courses in psychology, sociology, human development, and/or anthropology.

The Department of Educational Psychology offers a number of programs leading to the M.S. in Counseling, the M.S. in Special Education, and/or related credentials. These programs train psychological specialists who desire to work as school counselors, school psychologists, or special education professionals. Other programs prepare individuals for work as counselors or psychotherapists in non-school settings where assistance with problems related to family, marriage, or personal adjustment is provided.

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Drs. Anderson and Halvorsen have received external funding of approximately $4,500,000. They were recently awarded a four-year, $800,000 personnel training grant to support the joint credential program in the area of moderate/severe disabilities via recruiting and providing financial and mentoring support for students.

Ann T Halvorsen, EdD

  • Invited Member, CA State Board of Education, Commission on Teacher Credentialing and Department of Education Statewide Special Education Reform Task Force; Educator Preparation Subcommittee Chair, 2013-2014.
  • Invited member, Advisory Committee on SFUSD Plan to Address Significant Disproportionality in Special Education, San Francisco Unified School District, September, 2012-present.
  • Invited Member, SFUSD Community Committee to Review Strategic Plan for Special Education, 2013.

Linda Smetana, EdD

    • 2013: American Educational Research Association, April 27-May 1, 2013, San Francisco, CA.  45.086-5. A Longitudinal Investigation of Teacher Educations Programs Across the United States. (TERSG, with T.D. Wolsey, Linda Smetana, Kathy Ganske, David Scales, Susan Lenski).  
    • 2013: International Reading Association, April 19-22, San Antonio, TX. Generative Technology for Literacy Learning (TILE).
    • 2013: 9th International Literary Conference, February 20-22, 2013, Guatemala City, Guatemala. Scaffolding Literacy Learning through Graphic Novels and Other Multimodal Representations.
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