Concurrent Program: Education Specialist and Multiple Subject Credentials
The Concurrent Preliminary Education Specialist (Mild/Moderate Disabilities Authorization) Multiple Subject Credential Program combines special education and elementary education (K-6) preparation in order to prepare future teachers to meet the diverse needs of students.
Graduates of the Concurrent Program are highly sought after by California schools because they are well-prepared to teach at-risk and special needs students, whether in a general education classroom or in specialist educational settings.
Preliminary Multiple Subject credential requirements, as well as the requirements for a Preliminary Education Specialist Credential with an authorization for Mild/Moderate Disabilities, are completed through upper-division prerequisites and one academic year of course work and student teaching. The Education Specialist credential may be used in K-12 resource rooms, special day classes, or alternative settings. Upon completing the Concurrent Program, students will have completed approximately one-half the requirements for a master's degree in Education with a special education advising pattern option.
After employment, Preliminary Education Specialist credential holders have five years in which to complete the Professional Clear Education Specialist Credential through a regional Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment (BTSA) program or any other accredited induction program. Optional program extensions you may pursue include:
- Master's degree in Education with special education advising pattern
- The moderate/severe disabilities authorization for the Education Specialist Credential.
The Concurrent Preliminary Education Specialist and Preliminary Multiple Subject Credential Program offer the following courses and supervised teaching experiences:
- Relevant general and special education field/supervised teaching experiences
- Coursework with experienced and engaging faculty
- Teaching of reading and content literacy
- Teaching of evidence-based interventions
- Special Education laws and regulations
- Service learning methods
- Strategies for teaching English Learners
- Strategies for teaching students with Autism Spectrum Disorders
For pre-program advising please contact Andrew Nichols in Tehama 125, call 530-898-6421, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Michelle Cepello