Education Specialist (Special Education)

A special program for a special kind of teacher.

The KSOE’s Special Education program thoroughly prepares you to teach students with exceptional needs. Our program combines practical, current research, and tried-and-true theory with real-life classroom experiences to round out your education. So you get to practice what we teach.

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 KSOE program will equip you with the knowledge and skills necessary for a successful and rewarding career teaching students with:

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


Credential offered: California Preliminary Mild/Moderate Education Specialist Credential


Benefits of our Special Education program:

  • Strong balance of theory to practice
  • Personal attention from responsive and accessible faculty and staff
  • Very knowledgeable faculty, current in practice and research
  • Integrated approach to coursework and field placements
  • Field supervisors work closely with students in their teaching placements
  • You will have access to our extensive network of community partners, including schools and districts
  • Every student assigned an academic advisor
  • Intentionally small class sizes
  • Staff can offer inside leads to job opportunities
  • Year-round admissions


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. But by taking four additional courses focused on research, you can earn either a Master of Education in Special Education (M.Ed.) or a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT).

The automatic bump in salary you’ll receive with this advanced degree is definitely worth the small, additional investment of time.