Education Specialist Credential Program
Education Specialist Credential Program Course Sequence
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Education Specialist Credential Program Course Sequence

Block 1 Courses • Prerequisites

Must be completed before beginning the credential program. 

Apply to the credential program by March 1 to progress to credential courses the following fall.

EDTE 255 Introduction to Democratic Perspectives in K-12 Teaching  3
EDTE 302 Access and Equity in Education 3
ENGL 471 Theory/Practice of Second Language Acquisition 3
HCSV 450/451 Health Education for School Teachers 3
PSYC 414 Psychology of Teaching (Prerequisite: PSYC 355 or equivalent)  3
CMST 131 Speech Communication Fundamentals 3
POLS 155 American Government 3
Foreign Language 3 units of college level or 1 year of high school 3
SPED 343 Overview of Special Education 3
SPED 569 Early Field Experience: Speicial Education and Inclusive Settings 2
SPED 561 Curriculum and Instruction for Inclusive Settings 3
SPED 564 Management of Learning Environments 2
SPED 580 Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders 3


Block 2 Courses • Credential Program Courses

Must be accepted into the credential program in order to take these courses. Subject matter competence and basic skills requirement must be verified before applying to the program.

First Semester Courses

EDTE 672 Teaching Reading in Bilingual and/or General Education Classrooms 4
SPED 501 Seminar for Field Experience 1
SPED 637 Curriculum and Instruction (Moderate/Severe only) 3
SPED 560 General & Special Education Methods for Teaching Mathematics (Mild/Moderate only) 2
SPED 680 Advance Methods/Curriculum for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder  3
SPED 692 Classroom Management for Individuals with Special Needs 3
SPED 531, 532, 533, or 538 Student Teaching (see Program Coordinator for details) 8

Second Semester Courses

SPED 501 Seminar for Field Experience 1
SPED 520 Assessment and Evaluation in General and Special Education  3
SPED 567 Student Teaching 8
SPED 664 Academic Literacy and Communication for Students with Disabilities  3
SPED 672 Curriculum and Instruction - Mild/Moderate Disabilities 3
SPED 691 Collaboration in Education 3

If courses from another university are used to satisfy prerequisites or other course requirements, an equivalency form, course descriptions, syllabi, and transcripts must be provided.