Added Emphasis Education Specialist Credential, Moderate to Severe

This education specialist credential program is designed specifically for current California teachers who have already achieved their Preliminary Education Specialist mild/moderate credential and wish to further expand their expertise in the field by adding the moderate/severe credential.

Program Overview

In accordance with CTC standards, the moderate to severe program offers holders of a preliminary education specialist credential the opportunity to complete the moderate to severe preliminary specialty area program. You will learn advanced methods and strategies for teaching students with learning, developmental and behavior disabilities.

As an education specialist credential, moderate to severe online student, you will:

  • Integrate skills and knowledge with multidisciplinary teams that include families/guardians/caregivers, community members and educational personnel.
  • Demonstrate professional practices and attitudes that reflect the value of and knowledge about children and families from diverse backgrounds and experiences.
  • Implement and promote evidence-based and multifaceted teaching methodologies and strategies to meet students’ individualized needs.
  • Analyze, select and use formal and informal assessments that are appropriate for each child’s culture, language and unique learning needs.
  • Incorporate assessment results for IEP/IFSP/ITP development, Response to Intervention (RTI), instruction and interventions.
  • Implement positive behavior supports, social skills instruction and an environmental arrangement to support developmentally appropriate social and educational behaviors.
  • Apply subject matter pedagogical skills in authentic settings.


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Summer II (Jun 27, 2022)

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San Diego Campus
7460 Mission Valley Road, San Diego, CA 92108
Antelope Valley Campus
39115 Trade Center Drive, Suite 203, Palmdale, CA 93551
Ontario Campus
3990 Concours Street, Suite 100, Ontario, CA 91764
Roseville Campus
400 Sunrise Avenue, Suite 200, Roseville, CA 95661
Walnut Creek Campus
2950 Buskirk Avenue, Suite 315, Walnut Creek, CA 94597
Santa Maria Campus
1300 E. Cypress Street, Building A-1, Santa Maria, CA 93454
Victorville Campus
13911 Park Avenue, Suite 100, Victorville, CA 92392
Yuba City Campus
3301 East Onstott Road, Yuba City, CA 95991
Modesto Campus
5222 Pirrone Court, Salida, CA 95368
Monterey Campus
99 Pacific Street, Suite 375-B, Monterey, CA 93940
Palm Desert Campus
75-105 Merle Dr, Suite 800, Bldg. B, Palm Desert, CA 92211
Visalia Campus
ALL MAIL TO: PO Box 3104 Visalia, CA 93278 CAMPUS LOCATION: 337 N. Plaza Drive Visalia, CA 93291
Riverside Campus
3550 Vine Street, Suite 200, Riverside, CA 92507

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    Admission Requirements

    Applicants to the teaching credential program must complete the formal application process with all required documents, which include:

    • Completed application
    • Statement of Intent
    • Three recommendation forms
    • GPA: Meet 1 of these 3 GPA options for admission
    • Official transcripts showing a conferred Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
    • Proof of a passing score on the CBEST or any CTC approved basic skills tests
    California Residency

    The teaching credential program is only available to California residents

    Letter of Good Standing

    Applicants transferring from another institution's teaching credential program must supply a letter from that institution's Education Department attesting to the applicant's good standing in the program. The letter should be written on institutional letterhead by the Dean, department chair, director of teacher education, or someone in a similar position

    Graduate Level Exams

    Candidates interested in the following credentials: Education Specialist, single subject or multiple subject teaching credentials, must prove subject matter competency by providing evidence that they have registered for, taken or passed the appropriate subject matter examination (CSET) prior to admission to the program


    Program Curriculum

    • Valid Preliminary or Clear Education Specialist Credential, mild/moderate or moderate/severe with EL Authorization based on 2009 CTC Program Standards and an Autism Authorization. This program may be available to candidates who hold a Level II clear credential.

      Up to 3 credits of General Education Elective may be waived or transferred into program. Three credits of the first Directed Teaching course and the first student teaching seminar (EDUU 544 Student Teaching Seminar I) may be waived with 1 year of documented full-time teaching experience in the respective credential area being sought. Internship experience may not be used to waive student teaching credits. Students must establish residency with at least 9 credits.

      Candidates adding a Preliminary Education Specialist Credential must successfully complete an exit portfolio consisting of signature assignments and artifacts from required coursework, an exemplary lesson plan, evaluation and observation from student teaching, and reflective essays. Students will submit an application and submit their portfolio upon meeting all other program requirements. Candidates submit portfolios through LiveText and pay a fee to have the portfolio evaluated. Portfolio requirements and directions are located on the SOE Services MyUMassGlobal site.

      Per CTC, holders of a clear education specialist credential may complete another preliminary specialty area program and add the new specialty area to their Clear credential. These individuals do not need to verify completion of an Induction program and will be issued a new clear credential with the additional specialty area.

    • Emphasis Course


      EDUU 519  Teaching Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities


      or EDUU 560

       Teaching Students with Moderate/Severe Disabilities

      Emphasis Course Subtotal


      General Education Elective


      Select one of the following:


      EDUU 511
       Collaboration For Inclusive Schooling


      EDUU 512
       The Art & Craft of Teaching


      EDUU 570
       Voice, Diversity, Equity, and Social Justice


      EDUU 599
       Independent Study


      EDUU 609
       Seminar in Curriculum Studies


      EDMU 520
       Literacy and Language in K-8 Classrooms I


      EDMU 521
       Literacy and Language in K-8 Classrooms II


      EDSU 532
       Effective Literacy Instruction for Single Subject Candidates


      General Education Elective Subtotal


      Clinical Practice


      Complete the Mild/Moderate or Moderate/Severe Credential


      Clinical Practice Subtotal


      Total Credits


    • EDTU 573 Directed Teaching I: Moderate/Severe


      EDUU 544 Student Teaching Seminar I


      EDTU 593 Directed Teaching II: Moderate/Severe


      EDUU 545 Student Teaching Seminar II


      Total Credits



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