Education Specialist (Special Education)

Golden State Teacher Grant

Once admitted and enrolled in our Education Specialist (Special Education) Credential program, consider applying for the Golden State Teacher Grant. Awards of up to $20,000 are available. Learn more and apply today.

Our Education Specialist Mild-to-Moderate Credential program is a 37-unit curriculum that provides candidates with learning opportunities in a wide range of settings and service options for students with disabilities. This credential will prepare you with the knowledge and skills necessary for a successful and rewarding career teaching and providing services to students in grades K–12 in California with:

  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Emotional disturbances
  • Mild-to-moderate intellectual disabilities
  • Other health impairments (including ADD and ADHD) 

Program Details

Program Duration

12 (full-time), part-time available

Learning Environment

In-person, Mon-Thurs, afternoon/evening classes

Average Class Size

Small cohort sizes


Why Special Education?

    Why an Education Specialist Teaching Credential from Saint Mary's College?

    Our special education teaching credential programs are the most well-respected in the educational community, and our students emerge as highly-qualified educators with the ability to teach in public/private schools throughout California from Kindergarten through 12th grade. Our programs combine current research and theory with real-life classroom experience to round out your education. Coupled with Saint Mary’s Lasallian pedagogy and a commitment to social justice, students are prepared to be reflective teachers and leaders in their school and community.