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Ed Specialist Preliminary Credential

NCATE Category: 
Initial Teacher Preparation


This Specialist credential program prepares candidates in the areas of Mild/Moderate and Moderate/Severe disabilities in a program approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. The program is designed so that candidates may be certified in both areas of authorization if they complete two separate field experiences, i.e., one with students with mild and moderate disabilities and one with students with moderate and severe disabilities. Upon admission to the program, candidates must identify an area of authorization and indicate whether their goal is to become certified in one or both areas. The program has two tiers: the Preliminary Level I Education Specialist Credential and the Professional Level II Education Specialist Credential. Following receipt of the Preliminary Level I Credential, candidates need to complete the Professional Level II preparation in special education within five years of the date of issuance of the preliminary credential. An Intern Option is also available in partnership with selected school districts. Please consult the College of Education Teacher Preparation Advising Center for further information. An Education Specialist Credential can also be earned in conjunction with the Integrated Teacher Education Program (ITEP). Please refer to the Liberal Studies Department for information on this.

For more information, please visit the Education Specialist Preliminary Credential Program website.

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