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Education Specialist Credential

  • Summer Admission (5 semesters)
  • Fall Admission (if you hold a general education credential, the program is 4 semesters)
  • Hayward Campus only

Options:
Mild/Moderate Disabilities
Moderate/Severe Disabilities

OUR PROGRAM

The Educational Specialist Credential addresses the needs of the diverse population of students receiving special education services while their Specialist teacher candidates obtain critical knowledge and skills in of core curriculum and specialized instruction.  Meets the CCTC requirements for specific areas of overlap across Education Specialist credentials in mild/moderate and moderate/severe disabilities.

The Educational Specialist Credential offers two area options of focus to choose from.

  • Mild to Moderate Disabilities option (Autism Authorization included)
  • Moderate to Severe Disabilities option

Program Highlights

An innovative program for candidates working toward Education Specialist credentials (Mild/Moderate or Moderate/Severe Disabilities).

  • Meets all current California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) Education Specialist Standards including the addition of the Autism Authorization to Mild-Moderate Disabilities, as well as the Moderate-Severe Disabilities credential.
  • Enables all Special Education teacher candidates who hold a CA Multiple or Single Subject Credential to complete their preliminary specialist credentials in Mild/Moderate (M/M) or Moderate/Severe (M/S) disabilities.
  • Addresses the needs of the diverse population of students receiving special education services while their Specialist teacher candidates obtain critical knowledge and skills in core curriculum and specialized instruction. 
  • Meets the CTC requirements for specific areas of overlap across Education Specialist credentials in mild/moderate and moderate/severe disabilities.
  • Increases pool of qualified special educators, to address the ongoing special educator shortage in the Bay Area.
  • Includes a Masters of Science in Special Education in the 4-5 semester program.

Other Resources

Current Intern MOU List 
SPED Handbook

Program Questions

Admissions related questions: Credential Student Service Center
Program Coordinator: Dr. Linda Smetana

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