Education Specialist (Special Education)

Golden State Teacher Grant

The Golden State Teacher Grant Program (GSTG) awards up to $20,000 to students currently enrolled in a professional preparation program, approved by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) and working towards earning their preliminary teaching or pupil personnel services credential. Learn more and apply today.

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Our Education Specialist Mild-to-Moderate Credential program is a 37-unit curriculum that provides candidates with learning opportunities in a wide range of settings and service options for students with disabilities. This credential will prepare you with the knowledge and skills necessary for a successful and rewarding career teaching and providing services to students in grades K–12 in California with:

  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Emotional disturbances
  • Mild-to-moderate intellectual disabilities
  • Other health impairments (including ADD and ADHD) 

Program Details

Program Duration

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12 (full-time), part-time available

Learning Environment

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In-person, Mon-Thurs, afternoon/evening classes

Average Class Size

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Small cohort sizes

Why Special Education?

    Why an Education Specialist Teaching Credential from Saint Mary's College?

    Our special education teaching credential programs are the most well-respected in the educational community, and our students emerge as highly-qualified educators with the ability to teach in public/private schools throughout California from Kindergarten through 12th grade. Our programs combine current research and theory with real-life classroom experience to round out your education. Coupled with Saint Mary’s Lasallian pedagogy and a commitment to social justice, students are prepared to be reflective teachers and leaders in their school and community.