Education Specialist Add-on Credential Program
Program Plan (pdf)
Application Packet (pdf)

Education Specialist Add-on Credential Program

The Education Specialist Add-on Credential Program allows individuals who already hold a special education credential to earn a second special education credential for the desired authorization area. Education Specialist Credentials are issued with one of two authorization areas: Mild/Moderate Disabilities and Moderate/Severe Disabilities. 

Mild/Moderate

The Preliminary Education Specialist Mild/Moderate Credential authorizes teachers to instruct individuals in grades K-12 and adults who have:

  • specific learning disabilities
  • mild/moderate intellectual disabilities
  • emotional disturbance
  • other health impairments

Moderate/Severe

The Preliminary Education Specialist Moderate/Severe Credential authorizes teachers to instruct individuals in grades K-12 and adults who have:

  • Autism
  • moderate/severe intellectual disabilities
  • deaf-blindness
  • emotional disturbance
  • multiple disabilities

The application and program plan may be viewed by clicking on the links provided above. The program plan contains several options depending on the credential being pursued and the credential already held. If you have any questions about the program please contact Andrew Nichols (acnichols@csuchico.edu) in the School of Education.

New Grant Available for Students Earning the Moderate/Severe Credential

The CSU, Chico School of Education is pleased to announce the availability of grant funding to pay for course fees and books for students pursuing the Education Specialist Moderate/Severe Credential. Visit NorCal CLIPP grant program to read complete details and requirements.