Education Specialist Credential Program
Education Specialist Mild/Moderate Credential Program Course Sequence
Education Specialist Moderate/Severe Credential Program Course Sequence
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Education Specialist Credential Program

The Preliminary Education Specialist Credential Program, with authorizations for Mild/Moderate or Moderate/Severe Disabilities, prepares future teachers to serve children, youth, and adults who have special learning or emotional needs. The Education Specialist Credential may be used in K-12 resource rooms, special day classes, or alternative settings.

Education Specialists function in public schools or private settings as instructors and as consultants to teachers and to families. As a student teacher, you may choose to pursue either the Mild/Moderate or the Moderate/Severe Disabilities Authorization for the Education Specialist Credential.

Types of Credentials

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

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.

Special Features

The Education Specialist Credential Program addresses the California Teaching Performance Expectations (TPEs) and Education Specialist Competencies. In addition, the Preliminary Education Specialist Credential Program offers 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

Program Features

  • Fall semester entry only
  • Introductory prerequisite core classes offered without formal program admission
  • Teacher candidates attend program course work as a supportive cadre throughout the year
  • Assistance with preparation for employment

Other Special Education Programs Available 

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. An optional program extension you may pursue is a Master's Degree in Education (Special Education Advising Pattern available).

Advising

For pre-program advising, please visit Tehama 101, call 530-898-6421, or e-mail acnichols@csuchico.edu.

Program Coordinator
Dr. Talya Kemper
Tehama 104
530-898-4227
tkemper@csuchico.edu