Credential in Special Education

The Preliminary Special Education (Education Specialist Instruction) Credential prepares teachers to work specifically with students with mild to moderate learning disabilities. The Education Specialist Credential is an add-on (requires 9 additional units) to either a Single Subject (Secondary) or Multiple Subject (Elementary) Preliminary Credential.

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Special Education Credential

Curriculum Overview

Programs of Study

This program is available as an add-on to our Master of Arts in Teaching program, and it does require the completion of additional coursework. California credentialed educators can take the Special Education Credential independently of our advanced degree programs. Detailed information on the Special Education Credential is available from the California Commission on Teacher Certification (CCTC).

Coursework Examples

  • Introduction to Special Education
  • Collaboration, Families and Case Management
  • Assessment and Curriculum for Students with Disabilities
  • Establishing and Maintaining an Effective Classroom Ecology
  • Guided Practice: Mild/Moderate Disabilities

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The Admissions Committee seeks students whose academic background, professional goals, personal commitment and communication skills meet the demands of the program, and show promise for a successful career as a teacher.

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