Preliminary Education Specialist Credential

As today's schools, programs and educational requirements become more complex, the needs of special education students continue to be individualized and comprehensive.

Choose tracks in Mild to Moderate (MTM) and Moderate to Severe (MTS) disabilities. Classes rarely exceed 20 students, and the faculty is comprised of highly regarded professional practitioners in the field.

Quick Facts

Program Units
Average Duration
12-18 months
Program Format
On campus with a full-time or part-time course load
Course Availability
Fall and Spring 15-week semesters
  • Thousand Oaks
2019-20 Cost

$770 per credit

$30,030 base cost
Credential Scholarships (up to $10,000)

Cal Grant extension

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Want to learn more?

Let us know you're interested and we'll reach out to answer your questions. You'll also receive more information about the program and your financial aid options.

Open House

Open House Reception

Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM
Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar

We’re hosting an Open House reception to give you an opportunity to learn more about what Cal Lutheran's Graduate School of Education has to offer. You'll meet faculty and staff, current students, and alumni who can tell you first-hand about the value of our programs.

We offer graduate education degrees that will prepare you to lead and transform education for the challenges of the future. Whatever your program of interest we’d love to meet!

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Make an Impact

Your passion is leading you to make a difference teaching special education students, and California needs qualified and talented special education teachers.

Better screening and identification of disabilities in children is expected to increase the demand for special education services — 6% job growth is projected by 2022. (Bureau of Labor Statistics)

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Master's Degree Option

Upon completion of the Preliminary credential program, you can take these courses to earn the M.S in Special Education degree.

  • EDGN 509 Introduction to Educational Research
  • EDGN 510 Educational Research Design and Methodology
  • EDGN 599 Thesis Research

It really has been worth the investment I've made because it's easy to maneuver through the program, get your classes, and communicate with faculty. Those are the things that make a great educational experience.

Nick Jerrems