Special Education Credential

The Special Education Credential curriculum prepares educators to recognize and respond to the individual differences among students with special education needs. Upon completion of this program, students earn an Education Specialist Credential in Mild/Moderate Disabilities.

This program is available as an add-on to our Master of Arts in Teaching and Master of Education in Teacher Leadership programs, and it does require the completion of additional coursework. California credentialed educators can take the Special Education Credential independently of our advanced degree programs.

Programs of Study

Master of Arts in Teaching students can add the Special Education Credential to their program. Students will complete an additional 15 units of coursework, including an additional term of Guided Practice:

  • Introduction to Special Education
  • Collaboration, Families and Case Management
  • Assessment and Curriculum for Students with Disabilities
  • Establishing and Maintaining an Effective Classroom Ecology
  • Guided Practice Mild to Moderate Disabilities

Master of Education in Teacher Leadership students can add the Special Education Credential to their program. Students must hold a valid teaching credential. Students pursuing a Master of Education with a concentration in Elementary STEM, Secondary STEM or Secondary Humanities must complete 12 units of additional coursework. Students pursuing a Master’s of Education in Differing Abilities must complete 6 units of additional coursework:

  • Collaboration, Families and Case Management
  • Assessment and Curriculum for Students with Disabilities
  • Establishing and Maintaining an Effective Classroom Ecology
  • Guided Practice Mild to Moderate Disabilities

Educators who are not enrolled in a USC Rossier Online graduate program but wish to pursue a Special Education Credential can do so if they hold a California teaching credential. This credential program requires 15 units of coursework:

  • Introduction to Special Education
  • Collaboration, Families and Case Management
  • Assessment and Curriculum for Students with Disabilities
  • Establishing and Maintaining an Effective Classroom Ecology
  • Guided Practice Mild to Moderate Disabilities

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