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.

There are two options to earn a Special Education Credential:

(1) Students in our Master of Arts in Teaching program may add this additional coursework to their program of study. The Special Education Credential program requires 6 units of coursework, including one term of Guided Practice.

(2) California credential holders may take the Special Education Credential program independently of our advanced degree programs. The Special Education Credential program requires 15 units of coursework, including one term of Guided Practice.

Curriculum

The Special Education Credential program prepares you to teach students with a wide range of abilities and provides you with the skills and knowledge to:

  • Develop your ability to recognize and respond to individual differences among students with special education needs;
  • Meet a range of student needs in the classroom, including those of students with mild to moderate disabilities;
  • Distinguish yourself among applicants as you pursue new career opportunities in the field of special education or differentiated curriculum;
  • Develop a repertoire of pedagogical practice that can be applied to all learners within the same classroom;
  • Learn to collaborate with parents and community agencies that serve students with special education needs; and
  • Acquire the skills to plan and design differentiated curricula.

Courses