Education Specialist Credential

Mild to Moderate or Moderate to Severe

Curriculum

The following courses are required to successfully complete this 39–credit curriculum:

Foundations Courses
  • EDLT 500 Foundations of Education (3 credits)
  • EDLT 501 Theories of Teaching, Learning and Development (3 credits)
  • EDLT 502 Teaching English Learners and Diverse Populations (3 credits)
  • EDLT 503 Teaching Exceptional Learners in Inclusive Environments (3 credits)

There are specialized tracks in Mild to Moderate (MTM) and Moderate to Severe (MTS) disabilities for you to study. 

Mild to Moderate (MTM)
Methods Courses
  • EDSP 515 Educating Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (3 credits)
  • EDSP 519 Assessment, Instruction and Development of the Individual Educational Program (3 credits)
  • EDSP 521 Literacy and Language in Diverse Classrooms (3 credits)
  • EDSP 534a Introduction to Clinical Practice (Mild/Moderate) (3 credits)

Methods Spring classes are available in a 40% online/60% in person hybrid format.

Clinical Practice
  • EDSP 523 Planning and Instruction for Content Standards (3 credits)
  • EDTP 525 Positive Behavior Supports and Collaboration (3 credits)
  • EDSP 532 Supporting Students with Mild/Moderate Needs in the Classroom (3 credits)
  • EDSP 534b Clinical Practice (Mild/Moderate) (6 credits)

Course Descriptions

Moderate to Severe (MTS)
Methods Courses
  • EDSP 515 Educating Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (3 credits)
  • EDSP 519 Assessment, Instruction and Development of the Individual Educational Program (3 credits)
  • EDTP/EDSP 521 Literacy and Language in Diverse Classrooms (3 credits)
  • EDSP 542a Introduction to Clinical Practice (Moderate/Severe) (3 credits)

Methods Spring classes are available in a 40% online/60% in person hybrid format.

Clinical Practice
  • EDSP 523 Planning and Instruction for Content Standards (3 credits)
  • EDTP 525 Positive Behavior Supports and Collaboration (3 credits)
  • EDSP 537 Supporting Students with Moderate/Severe Needs in the Classroom (3 credits)
  • EDSP 542b Clinical Practice (Moderate/Severe) (6 credits)

Course Descriptions

M.S. in Special Education degree option

After obtaining your credential through this program, you can complete a Master of Science (M.S.) in Special Education degree for only 3 additional classes, which helps with salary growth (close to 50% of all California public school teachers hold a master's degree).​

Master's Courses:
  • EDGN 509 Introduction to Educational Research
  • EDGN 510 Educational Research Design and Methodology
  • EDGN 599 Thesis Research

Course Descriptions

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