Do you have a passion for working with kindergarten through age 22 students with mild/moderate disabilities, to appreciate their differences and strengths, and to help them recognize and realize their potential? Then the Education Specialist Teaching Credential Program is for you!

This program prepares CI teacher candidates to work with students with mild/moderate disabilities in both self-contained special education and general education classrooms. Across the program’s courses and fieldwork in K-22 classrooms, candidates develop the skills to appreciate and capitalize on the diversity of languages and cultures encountered in California’s public school classrooms. The belief that all children (regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, ability, or economic status) are capable of learning and that educators make a difference in students’ lives provide the founding principles of the Education Specialist Teaching Credential.

Upon completion of the program, candidates are eligible for the Preliminary Education Specialist Credential (Mild to Moderate Disabilities) issued by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC).

Education Specialist Teacher Candidates can also pursue an add-on Bilingual Authorization as part of the coursework. The details can be found on the Bilingual Authorization webpage.

Note: Admission to the Special Education – Education Specialist Credential Program requires successful completion of applicable prerequisites.

Additional Information

Information Sessions

Credential program information sessions are typically held one Friday per month. To register for an upcoming session, please RSVP here to save your spot.

Upcoming sessions:

  • Friday, February 22, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm - Zoom option available
  • Friday, March 8, 2019 3:30pm – 4:30pm - Zoom option available
  • Friday, March 22, 2019 3:30pm – 4:30pm - Application Workshop
  • Friday, April 5, 2019 3:30pm – 4:30pm

Contact Us

Clinical Experiences and Partnerships Office
Madera Hall 2900
(805) 437-8953

Dr. Manuel Correia
Chair, Credential Programs
(805) 437-3292

In taking these classes, I have learned many things to help me as a mother in addition to as a teacher, and in fact as a citizen of the world. I have discovered specific interests and strengths that I have, such as a particular interest in special education.

Kirsten Jacobsen (Summer 2017)
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