MA in Teaching, Preliminary ECSE Credential

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) with Preliminary Early Childhood Education Specialist Credential-Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) helps teachers develop inclusive teaching methods to assist young children with identified special needs.

Earn More than an MAT

This program with added is for teachers who work with infants, toddlers and preschool -age children with disabilities. As a graduate of the early , you will put to use what you’ve mastered, including how to provide developmentally appropriate special education lessons, instruction and support.

As an ECSE credential student, you will:

  • Use theories of learning and brain research to enhance teaching and student learning.
  • Differentiate instruction based on the needs of students.
  • Utilize a variety of assessment data to inform instruction
  • Evaluate curriculum design and curricular decisions as they relate to meeting the diverse needs of students.
  • Apply subject matter pedagogical skills in authentic settings and continually reflect on and evaluate the effects of decisions.
  • Create an action research proposal that seeks to solve a personal educational dilemma.



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Next Session

Summer II (Jun 27, 2022)

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Riverside Campus
3550 Vine Street, Suite 200, Riverside, CA 92507
Irvine Campus
16355 Laguna Canyon Road, 1st Floor, Irvine, CA 92618

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


MAT with Preliminary Early Childhood Education Specialist Program Curriculum

  • Please note that the required Prerequisites for the credential are completed outside of the degree program.

    PSYU 323  Child Development 


    ECED 303 

    Integrating Learning Standards in Early Childhood Settings: Language and Literacy 


    ECED 330   Dual Language Learners and Their Families 


    Total Credits 9
  • Core


    EDUU 510 Introduction to Teaching


    EDUU 511 Collaboration For Inclusive Schooling


    EDUU 512 The Art & Craft of Teaching


    EDUU 602 Positive Behavioral Supports


    EDUU 603 Collaboration For Inclusive Schooling


    Core Subtotal


    Emphasis Area


    EDUU 639  Pedagogical Leadership in Early Childhood Education 


    EDUU 665 

    Historical, Philosophical, and Legal Foundations of Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education 


    EDUU 666 

    Family Guided Practices in Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education


    EDUU 667 

    Assessment in Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education 


    EDUU 668 

    Curriculum and Intervention in Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education 


    EDUU 669 

    Consultation and Advanced Strategies in Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education 


    Emphasis Area Subtotal


     *Supported teaching credits vary depending on when the intern begins.  
    Clinical Practice Subtotal


     Total Credits  41-45

    *Clinical Practice Options: Student Teaching or Internship

     Student Teaching    
    EDTU 594  Directed Teaching: Early childhood Special Education (Infants and Toddlers) 


    EDUU 544  Student Teaching Seminar I 


    EDTU 595  Directed Teaching: Early childhood Special Education (Preschool) 


    EDUU 545  Student Teaching Seminar II






    EDTU 560-A

    Supported Teaching I: Early Childhood 2 Special Education


    EDTU 560-B

    Supported Teaching I: Early Childhood 2 Special Education


    EDTU 560-C

    Supported Teaching I: Early Childhood 2 Special Education


    EDTU 560-A

    Supported Teaching II: Early Childhood 2 Special Education


    *Supported teaching credits vary depending on when the intern begins  


     Intern Seminars    
     EDUU 556  Intern Seminar A  2
     EDUU 557  Intern Seminar B  2
    Clinical Practice Subtotals*



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kelly howell brandman
My first experience with Brandman* was when I was a special education teacher when my district paired up with them for an autism certificate.  I liked it because I was able to still work and do everything else I needed to do.
Kelly H. | MA, Educational Leadership and Administration
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Brandman* has taught me a lot about teaching to different levels of students.
Dawn P. | MA, Special Education
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Amy J.
I took the Autism classes [through Brandman's* Extended Education] and found the passion of special education, which I really never thought of as an option. I finished the Autism program and enrolled in Brandman’s* Master of Special Education.  I have learned to reflect on my teaching and determine if I am reaching all students and on how to better reach any struggling students.
Amy J. | MA, Special Education
*Brandman University is now UMass Global

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