Graduate School of Education

Level I Education Specialist Teaching Credential

California Lutheran University no longer admits candidates for the Level I Education Specialist Teaching Credential Program. Interested candidates will apply for the Preliminary Education Specialist Teaching Credential Program.

The Special Education program at CLU offers course work for three speciality areas:

  • Mild to Moderate (M/M)
  • Moderate to Severe (M/S)
  • Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH)

All three specialty areas authorize service in grades K-12 and in classes organized primarily for adults through age 22.  The Moderate to Severe specialty includes authorization for the teaching of students with autism. The autism authorization may be added to the Mild to Moderate specialty with additional course work. All teaching programs at Cal Lutheran are CCTC-approved to provide English Learner Authorization.

The CCTC requirements for the Level I Education Specialist Teaching Credential are:

  • Bachelor’s or higher degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Accredited professional preparation program, including successful student teaching
  • Certificate of Clearance (fingerprint clearance)
  • Basic Skills Proficiency (CBEST or equivalent)
  • Developing English Language Skills, including reading. (This requirement is fulfilled by coursework in the program.)
  • U.S. Constitution
  • Passage of RICA - You are encouraged to complete this requirement after completion of reading coursework.
  • Subject-matter competence by course work or examination
    NOTE: Although this is not subject-specific and subject matter in any subject is acceptable, for employment purposes candidates must be NCLB-compliant.  If the appropriate subject area is multiple subjects, candidates must take and pass the CSET Multiple Subjects examination.


Application for Recommendation of Level I Credential

Prior to application for recommendation for the credential or certificate, an academic exit must be completed with an adviser.  Call 805-493-3421 to schedule this exit.  If you submit an application and a hold has been placed on your account by the Business Office due to outstanding charges, the application will be returned to you. You may submit an application without final grades posted after May 1st for spring completion, and after December 1st for fall completion.  However, the application will not be processed until eligibility and all grades have been verified.

Level I credential application process:

Complete Request for Credential Recommendation.



Submit the application, receipt of $40 CLU application fee, a copy of your signed CPR card, front and back (or other verification of this requirement), and official transcripts for any non-CLU course work to the Graduate School of Education Credentials Office.

Be sure to read the instructions thoroughly and keep them for future reference. Click here for more detailed information regarding the credential recommendation application process.

Adding the Autism Authorization to an existing Mild/Moderate Soecialty Credential


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