School of Education

Concurrent Single Subject & Education Specialist Credentials

The Concurrent Preliminary Education Specialist (mild/moderate disabilities authorization) and Preliminary Single Subject Credential Program combines special education (K-12) and secondary education (7-12) preparation in order to prepare future teachers to meet the diverse needs of students, kindergarten through grade 12.

Program Description

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 Single Subject Credential requirements, as well as the requirements for a Preliminary Education Specialist Credential with authorization in 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:

Special Features

The Concurrent Preliminary Education Specialist and Preliminary Single 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 Disorder


For pre-program advising please visit this link.

Program Coordinator

Dr. Tal Slemrod 

Application Deadlines

Application Window: December - March 1st (Fall Term Start)

  • Bilingual
  • Concurrent
  • Education Specialist
  • Multiple Subject
  • Single Subject
  • Education Specialist Add-On

Application Window: July - October 1st (Spring Term Start)

  • Education Specialist
  • Multiple Subject
  • Single Subject
    • Art, Music, and World Languages (Spanish) are Fall Start only
  • Education Specialist Add-On