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MS in Education plus Education Specialist: Preliminary Mild/Moderate Credential

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Sharon Gordon with studentsThe Education Specialist: Preliminary Mild/Moderate Credential Program is designed for individuals interested in teaching students with learning challenges. This is a 58- unit program that authorizes you to teach students with learning disabilities, mental retardation, other health impairments, autism, and emotional disturbances. This teacher preparation program culminates in a MS in Education, Curriculum and Instruction degree.

In accordance with California state regulations, the Education Specialist: Preliminary Mild/Moderate Credential authorizes you to seek initial employment as a special education teacher, but does not authorize ongoing teaching service. You will need to complete Professional Level preparation in special education within five years of the date of issuance of you Preliminary Credential in order to continue ongoing teaching service as a special educator.

Q: Will this be your first credential?

If you are seeking to earn an Education Specialist credential as your first teaching credential, please view this program curriculum (pdf)

Q: Do you already hold a teaching credential?

If you already hold a valid Multiple Subject or Single Subject Teaching Credential and wish to obtain an Education Specialist Credential, please view this program curriculum (pdf).

Program Details

  • Education Specialist programs follow a transition (part-time) course sequence format.
  • Classes are generally held in the late afternoon or evening.
  • Field work in the schools takes place during the regular school day.
  • Student teaching option, though an intern option is also available.

 


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