The Special Education Specialist Credentials are accredited by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Individuals wishing to pursue the Specialist Credential must apply to the University indicating the specific Specialist Credential program desired.
Preliminary Early Childhood
Early childhood special education (ECSE) includes the provision of educational services to children from birth through pre-kindergarten who are eligible for early intervention, special education, and/or related services under federal and state laws. This specialization is committed to preparing reflective professionals who will provide high quality services to infants, toddlers, young children, and their families.
The Mild/Moderate credential authorizes the provision of services to individuals in grades K-12 to age 22, with mild/moderate disabilities such as autism, intellectual disabilities, specific learning disabilities, and other health-impaired and emotional disturbances.
The Moderate/Severe credential authorizes the provision of services to individuals in grades K-12 to age 22, with moderate/severe disabilities such as autism, intellectual disabilities, deaf-blindness, serious emotional disturbances, multiple disabilities, and other disabilities.
Clear Induction Education Specialist (Fall 2010 and After)
Clear Induction Education Specialist Credential for Mild/Moderate, Moderate/Severe, and Early Childhood Special Education for candidates who have a Preliminary Education Specialist Credential who started our program in the Fall of 2010 or later.
Preliminary Level II Education Specialist (pre Fall 2010)
Graduates of a Level I Program working under a Preliminary Level I Education Specialist Credential authorizing service in a specific area must complete their Level II preparation within a five-year period.
The Intern Credential Program is designed for teacher candidates who wish to complete credential requirements while concurrently teaching in a special education position in a public school setting.