Program Details

About the Credential

Our Mild-to-Moderate Education Specialist Preliminary 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)

About Your Cohort

Your teaching credential education starts with connections — from the beginning, you will belong. As a student, you instantly become a member of a cohort — your cohort.

This group of people includes other individuals on the same path, with similar goals and ambitions, all of whom share in your learning process and become friends and allies along the way.

Your cohort is an invaluable network and source of support. Each group is diverse, and offers exposure to different career fields, opportunities, and perspectives.

Program Facts

Program Duration

12-18 months (full-time)

Part-time available


Learning Environment

In-person*, 2-3 times a week, Monday-Thursday, late afternoon/evening classes.

*currently remote learning

Average Class Size

12-20 learners per cohort. Cohort members in the program form a learning community.

Program Courses

Our Education Specialist program is a 32-unit curriculum.  After the first term (120-hours of instructions), students may be eligible for an intern credential and be employed as a full-time Education Specialist in a local school district.

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Program of Study

View program of study [ PDF ]


Application Requirements

Successful applicants will have met the following criteria:

Benefits, Tuition, and Fees

Please refer to our section on financial aid. There are additional fees from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) to receive your credential.


Intern ready after first term • Commitment to inclusive education •  Opportunities in a range of specialized settings and service options • Accessible professors • Strong partnerships with Bay Area schools and districts  

Application fee $50 (non-refundable)
Tuition $33,120 (Education Specialist Program / 32 units)
Tuition deposit $250 (non-refundable, applied to your first tuition payment)
Books $300-350 for the program (approximately)
California CTC fees

Certificate of Clearance, CSET and CBEST option to meet Basic Skills Requirements

Fees vary, check websites for cost.


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