School of Education

Education Specialist Credential Program

The Preliminary Education Specialist Credential Program, with authorizations for Mild/Moderate or Moderate/Severe Disabilities Extensive Support Needs, 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 credential candidate, you may choose to pursue either the Mild/Moderate or the Moderate/Severe Disabilities Extensive Support Needs Authorization for the Education Specialist Credential.

Types of Credentials


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

Extensive Support Needs

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

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 special education field/supervised teaching experiences
  • 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 or spring semester entry 
  • Introductory prerequisite classes offered without formal program admission
  • Assistance with preparation for employment

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.


For pre-program advising please contact Amanda Taylor in Tehama 102, call 530-898-6421 to schedule an appointment, or email

Program Coordinator
Dr. John Mouanoutoua
Tehama 405
530-898-5575 in new window)

Application Deadlines

February 15 (Fall Term)

  • Bilingual
  • Concurrent
  • Education Specialist
  • Multiple Subject
  • CLASS-Single Subject
  • Single Subject

September 15 (Spring Term)

  • Education Specialist
  • Multiple Subject
  • CLASS-Education Specialist
  • Single Subject