Program Overview

The program prepares candidates to teach students with mild/moderate disabilities in self-contained special education and general education classrooms. The program specifically prepares candidates for the diversity of languages and cultures often encountered in California's public school classrooms. The program prepares candidates to address the needs of students who speak English as a native language and/or as a second language in the elementary or secondary school setting. An underlying principle of the program is the belief that all children (regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, ability or economic status) are capable of learning and educators can make a difference in their lives. Emphasis is placed on the K-22 student actively engaged in his/her learning.

Upon completion of the program, candidates will be eligible for the Preliminary Education Specialist Teaching Credential issued by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC).

We currently offer the following authorization:

  • Mild to Moderate Disabilities

Program Highlights

  • Co-Teaching model available
  • Intern option available
  • Full and part-time option available
  • Admission applications are only accepted for Fall

Prerequisite Courses

The following prerequisite courses must be successfully completed, with a grade of "C" or better, or in progress at the time that you apply to the Education Specialist Credential Program.

  • SPED 530 Typical and Atypical Development (3)
  • ENGL 475 Language in Social Context (3)
  • SPED 345 Individuals with Disabilities in Society (3)
  • EDUC 512 Equity, Diversity and Foundations of Schooling (3)
  • EDUC 522 or 524 Creating and Managing Effective Learning Environments (5)

Bilingual Authorization Prerequisite Courses

  • HIST 361 Modern Latin American History (3)
  • EDML 617 The Socio-cultural Context of Schooling (3)
  • CHS 350 Chicana/o History and Culture (HIST) (3) OR
  • EDUC 445 Chicano Child and Adolescent (4)

In addition to the prerequisites listed above, students who wish to complete the Bilingual Authorization Emphasis in Spanish must pass the language assessment exam (CSET: Spanish III) prior to applying for the Credential Program. For test dates and other test information, please visit the CTC Exams website.

Important Information

Program Course Outline (PDF, 43.2 KB)
Admission Requirements

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Program Coordinator

Dr. Dean

Dr. Michelle Dean