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 56-unit 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.

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"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

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.

Option available for current credential holder.

(40 units + 16 master's core units, 56 total units)

Core Courses

Course(s) Units
EDU 5020 Differentiating Instruction for Inclusive Classrooms 4
EDU 5051 Using Technology in the Classrooms 2
EDU 5052 Applied Instructional Technology 2
Total: 8

Pedagogy and Reflective Practice

Course(s) Units
EDU 5145 OR 5245 Teaching Math in Elementary Schools OR Pedagogical Preparation I 4
EDU 5165 Teaching Reading in Elementary Schools 4
EDU 5302 Program Design 4
EDU 5304 Informal & Formal Assessment 4
EDU 5306 Behavior Intervention and Support 4
EDU 5309 Advanced Curriculum 4
Total: 24

Supervised Fieldwork

Course(s) Units
EDU 5180 OR 5280 Preparation for Supervised Teaching 4
EDU 5001 Observation 0
EDU 5385 Supervised Teaching Seminar
EDU 5003 Student Teaching 0
Total: 8

Master of Science in Education Core Courses

Courses Units
EDU 5905 Approaches to Educational Research 4
EDU 5915 Applied Educational Research 4
EDU 5925 Leadership in Education 4
EDU 593X Graduate Electives: Current Trends 4
Total:  16