Curriculum & Course Schedule

Curriculum & Course Schedule Curriculum & Course Schedule

The Education Specialist (Special Education) program is well-respected within the educational community. By successfully completing our one-year, 37-unit program, you will be qualified to teach in public/private schools (K-8 grades) in California.


Course Schedule

2023-2024 Program of Study & Credential Requirements (37 units)


First Term Summer 2023 (12 units)

Orientation–Tuesday May 30 2023 from 9:45-11:15 AM                       

TED 501      Learning, Development and Culture (3) 

TED 503      Introduction to Special Education (3) 

SPED 592   Best Practices for the Education Specialist (3)

TED 502   Teaching Emergent Multilingual Students (3)

Second Term Fall 2023 (9 units)

MSTE 563   Curriculum & Instruction: Literacy I (3) 

SPED 594   Teaching & Learning for Mild/Moderate Disabilities I (fieldwork) (3)

SPED 599   Assessment & Program Planning (3)


Third Term Jan 2024 (3 units) 

SPED 593  Educational & Assistive Technology for Mild/Moderate Disabilities (1)

SPED 596  Health Education (1)



Required for Daily Supervised Teaching (SPED 598) fieldwork:

Completion of all course prerequisites with a grade of B- or better

Incomplete grades must be cleared in all coursework

Official documentation of passing the Basic Skills Requirement (BSR) and Subject Matter Skills Requirement (SMCR)


Final Term Spring 2024 (13 units)

SPED 582  Positive Behavior Support (3)

SPED 597  Consultation, Collaboration & Communication for the Ed Specialist (2)

SPED 598  Teaching & Learning Mild/Moderate Disabilities II (fieldwork) (5)

MSTE 564 Curriculum & Instruction: Literacy II (3)


Required for Preliminary Credential:

Credential coursework with a B- or better in each course.

Verification of US Constitution knowledge by exam/course(s)

Verification of CPR (adult, infant and child) certification.


Master of Arts in Teaching (plus 12 units*) 

Begin after credential coursework by submitting Opt-In form. See course descriptions and schedules at MAIT

MAIT 601 Introduction to Inquiry (1) 

MAIT 602 Content Knowledge (3) 

MAIT 603 Pedagogical Knowledge (3) (offered Summer, Fall)

MAIT 610 Special Topics in Education (3) (offered Summer, Fall, Spring)

MAIT 604 Capstone Project (2)

If you completed one term of MAIT 604-01 and your capstone project is in-progress:

  • register in the continuation course, MAIT 604-02, each Fall/Spring until completion of project
  • pay $200.00 In-Progress fee for continuation course, MAIT 604-02, each term until completion of project

*To be eligible for aid, students must enroll a minimum of 6 units per term for fall and spring graduate semesters, and 3 units for the summer semester.. Withdrawal from courses may disqualify the student from receiving financial aid. Visit the KSOE GaelGuide for Financial Aid Information or contact the Financial Aid Office.