What We Offer

Our Education Specialist Mild-to-Moderate Credential program is a 32-unit curriculum that provides candidates with learning opportunities in a wide range of settings and service options for students with disabilities.

Program highlights include:

  • Internship option – earn a full first year teacher’s salary while in the program.
  • 12 or 18 months full-time program; part-time option available
  • Admission twice a year, Summer and January term
  • Balance of theory and practice
  • Courses held in the late afternoon and evening to accommodate student teaching and working education professionals


  • You learn with a cohort of fellow students throughout the entire program
  • Candidates work in collaborate teams interacting with a variety of professionals and families 
  • Traditional student teacher placements in two grades: primary and secondary
  • Personal attention from accessible professors 
  • Commitment to inclusive education

 “The Education Specialist program provided insightful, quality instruction, opening many doors of opportunity. I am very grateful for the reflective cohort-based learning, which fully informs my practice on a daily basis.”

— Stravos G.

“I cannot speak highly enough about the Education Specialist program at Saint Mary's. The professors are engaging and make you excited to learn as much as possible.   They are passionate about what they teach, and I model much of my own teaching practices after them.”


— Julia R.