Program Details

Two different starts. One exceptional finish.

We know how busy you are. That's why we give you the option to start the 32-unit Education Specialist Credential program at two different times during the year: in January or summer.

No matter when students start, they will come together in the fall as one large cohort for the remainder of the program through spring term of the following year.

January start:

This year and a half program includea a summer break. Courses are offered from 4:15 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

SPED 290: Learning and Development for the Education Specialist (2 units)

SPED 291: Introduction to Inclusive Education: Legal, Ethical, and Educational Foundations (2 units)

Includes spring term:

SPED 292: Best practices for the Ed Specialist: Introduction to Assessment, Curriculum, and Case Management (3 units)

SPED 293: Educational and Assistive Technology for Mild/Moderate Disabilities (1 unit)

SPED 295: Universal Access for English Learners (2 units)

Note: The above coursework meets the 120-hour pre-service coursework for the intern option, which also requires successful completion of the Basic Skills Requirement (BSR) and California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET) or an alternative option for Subject Matter Competency approved by Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC).

Summer start:

This 11-month program option begins the third week in June. Participants complete five courses (10 units total) in intensive week-long classes (Monday-Thursday 8:30-4:30).

SPED 290: Learning and Development for the Education Specialist (2 units)

SPED 292: Best practices for the Ed Specialist: Introduction to Assessment, Curriculum, and Case Management (3 units)

SPED 293: Educational and Assistive Technology for Mild/Moderate Disabilities (1 unit)

SPED 295: Universal Access for English Learners (2 units)

Note: The above coursework meets the 120-hour pre-service coursework for the intern option, which also requires successful completion of the Basic Skills Requirement (BSR) and California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET) or an alternative option for Subject Matter Competency approved by Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC).

Both groups come together in the fall and complete the following required courses together:

Fall Term:

Prerequisites are successful completion of BSR and CSET

SPED 294: Teaching & Learning for Mild/Moderate Disabilities I, with fieldwork component (4 units)

SPED 299: Assessment and Program Planning (3 units)

January Term:

You must register to take the Reading Instruction Competence Assessment (RICA) exam as part of SPED 285 course requirements.

SPED 285: Advanced Reading Preparation (3 units)

Final Spring Term:

SPED 282: Positive Behavior Support (3 units)

SPED 296: Health Education (1 unit)

SPED 297: Consultation, Collaboration and Communication for the Ed Specialist (2 units)

SPED 298: Teaching & Learning for Mild/Moderate Disabilities II, with fieldwork component (6 units)

Ready for your 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).