MS in Education: Education Specialist M/M Credential

Dominican University of CA: This program is designed for individuals interested in teaching students with learning challenges. It authorizes you to teach students with learning disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorder, emotional disturbances, Dyslexia and other health impairments.

Special Education Teaching Credential in Bay Area California


Mild to Moderate Credential for Education Specialist Teachers

The Education Specialist: Preliminary Mild/Moderate Special Education Credential Program is designed for individuals interested in teaching students with learning differences grades K-12. This 56-unit program authorizes you to teach students with learning disabilities including dyslexia and dysgraphia. Education specialists also serve students with a variety of disabilities including, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), ADHD, Sensory Process Disorder (SPD), dyslexia and emotional disabilities. This special education teacher preparation program culminates in a Master in Education degree (MS) after two years of coursework. Learn more about the required coursework for the program.

Dominican alumni of this program move on with their MS degrees, and teach students in inclusion settings, resource pull out programs, and mild to moderate special day classes throughout public schools in the Bay Area, CA. Our teachers are highly sought out, especially in the SF Bay Area where special education teachers are in high demand, especially those teaching students with dyslexia or Autism Spectrum Disorder. Aside from the required course load, students participate in observations and fieldwork experiences that truly prepare them to be successful teachers. Students have a support team, including university staff, that guide them through their student teaching experiences in both general and special education supervised by credentialed teachers in the public school setting. If you’re interested in teaching dyslexic students or those with Autism Spectrum Disorder, this is likely the program for you.

“The Dominican teacher preparation program gave me real life hands on experience working with students with disabilities, and really prepared me to become both a teacher and an advocate for my students. The courses gave me the content knowledge I needed, and through observations and field work I was able to put my knowledge into practice to become an effective teacher” - Colleen, a past student

The Mild to Moderate Special Education Teaching Credential authorizes you to seek initial employment as a special education teacher. California requires all Education Specialists to complete the Professional (Clear) credential in special education within five years of the date of issuance of your Preliminary Credential in order to continue ongoing teaching service as a special education teacher, which includes enrollment in a commission-approved SB 2042 Professional Teacher Induction Program. You begin the program with professional coursework and field experience, which includes at least 140 hours of observation. In your final semester, you will continue with professional coursework and full-time student teaching, under the direction of an experienced teacher.

Program Details

  • Education specialist teacher 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.
  • Typical format includes a 15-week full time student teaching, program though a paid intern option is also available for students who qualify.

Option available for current credential holder.

There are a total of 40 units and 16 master's core units to complete for this preliminary special education specialist credential. View a list of courses here.

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