Learning Outcomes

What's in it for you?

The KSOE’s Special Education Program offers a rigorous curriculum that combines theory with real-life assignments in the field. With this credential, you will be authorized to work with K-12 students who have learning disabilities, mild-to-moderate intellectual disabilities, emotional disturbances, autism spectrum disorder, traumatic brain injury, and other health impairments (including ADD and ADHD) in diverse settings.

After completing the California Preliminary Mild/Moderate Education Specialist Credential, you will be able to:

  • Teach the Common Core State Standards and other state-adopted, academic content standards
  • Develop high-quality and legally compliant Individualized Education Programs (IEPs)
  • Write a professional assessment report for initial and triennial IEPs
  • Use progress monitoring to determine if students are progressing adequately
  • Understand and use informal, formal, formative, and summative assessments
  • Incorporate specific strategies, instructional activities, procedures, and experiences that address state-adopted academic content standards
  • Develop comprehensive behavior management plans at the school, classroom, and individual student levels
  • Clearly communicate instructional objectives to students
  • Use developmentally appropriate teaching practices
  • Understand and apply pedagogical theories, principles, and instructional practices for comprehensive instruction of English learners and students with special needs
  • Understand patterns of child and adolescent typical and atypical development
  • Develop strategies to work with students, their families, and other professionals to provide wraparound services for the benefit of all
  • Plan comprehensive instruction in relation to the subject matter and in accordance with state-adopted academic content standards
  • Maximize student achievement
  • Develop and maintain clear expectations for academic and social behavior
  • Take responsibility for student learning outcomes
  • Evaluate your own teaching practices and knowledge of subject matter
  • Ensure that all students have full opportunities for academic success, without regard to ethnicity, race, gender, culture, social class, language, or disability