Education Specialist (Special Education)

A special program for a special kind of teacher.

The KSOE’s Mild-to-Moderate Education Specialist Preliminary Credential program thoroughly prepares you to teach students with exceptional needs.

Whether you are already a teacher who wants to focus on special education, or you simply have a calling for teaching children with disabilities, this program will prepare you with the knowledge and skills necessary for a successful and rewarding career teaching students with:

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

Credential offered: Mild/Moderate Education Specialist Preliminary Credential from the State of California

Benefits of our preliminary credential program:

Our program combines practical, current research, and theory with real-life classroom experiences to round out your education. 

  • Strong balance of theory to practice
  • Personal attention from responsive and accessible faculty and staff
  • Integrated approach to coursework and field placements
  • Field supervisors work closely with students in their teaching placements
  • Extensive field experience/student teaching that goes beyond state requirements
  • Every student assigned an academic advisor
  • Intentionally small class sizes
  • Option for completing student teaching requirements as a hired intern
  • One-year, full-time program; part-time options available
  • Admissions twice a year, Summer and January

Continue on to a Master's Degree

Getting your California preliminary mild/moderate education specialist credential is a great first step toward a rewarding career teaching students with disabilities. By taking another four additional research-focused courses, as well as a thesis or synthesis project, you can earn a Master’s of Education (M.Ed.) in Special Education or a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT).

Special pathway for undergraduates

The Justice, Community and Leadership (JCL) undergraduate major has a Teachers for Tomorrow (TFT) concentration. Students earn their JCL Bachelor of Arts and a preliminary Mild-to-Moderate Education Specialist Teaching Credential to work in K-8 classrooms in four years.

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