MS in Ed: Education Specialist M/M Credential

The Education Specialist: Preliminary Mild/Moderate Credential Program is designed for individuals interested in teaching students with learning challenges. This program 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 degree.

"I had a teacher who tried to teach me what my brain wouldn't receive. . . most things are impossible, but that's only if we believe it's not possible, if it weren't for her I would not think I could do this. . . This teacher had a huge impact on my life and on my grades. I started to realize I was something more than a simple anybody. I now believe in myself."

-Julissa, middle school student, writing about Heidi Samayoa, Dual Multiple Subject/Education Specialist Intern Teacher

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 the Professional (Clear) credential 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.

To complete the Professional (Clear) Credential, you will be required to enroll in a commission-approved SB 2042 Professional Teacher Induction Program.

Program Details

  • Education Specialist programs follow a four semester course sequence format.
  • Classes are generally held in the late afternoon or evening.
  • Fieldwork in the schools takes place during the regular school day.
  • Student teaching option, though an intern option is also available.