Education Specialist (Special Ed)

A special program for a special kind of teacher.

The KSOE’s Mild/Moderate Education Specialist Preliminary Credential program thoroughly prepares you to teach students with exceptional needs.

Whether you are already a teacher who wants to focus on Special Education, or you simply have a calling for teaching children with disabilities, this KSOE program will equip you with the knowledge and skills necessary for a successful and rewarding career teaching students with:

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

Credential offered: Mild/Moderate Education Specialist Preliminary Credential from the State of California

Benefits of our preliminary credential program:

Our program combines practical, current research, and tried-and-true theory with real-life classroom experiences to round out your education. So you get to practice what we teach.

  • Strong balance of theory to practice
  • Personal attention from responsive and accessible faculty and staff
  • Integrated approach to coursework and field placements
  • Field supervisors work closely with students in their teaching placements
  • Every student assigned an academic advisor
  • Intentionally small class sizes
  • Option for completing student teaching requirements as a hired intern
  • One-year, full-time program; part-time options available
  • Admissions twice a year, Summer and January
  • Opportunity to continue on to a Master's Degree program after credential is earned by taking four additional courses

Continue on to a Master's Degree

Getting your California Preliminary Mild/Moderate Education Specialist Credential is a great first step toward a rewarding career teaching students with disabilities. But by taking four additional courses focused on research, you can earn either a Master of Education in Special Education (M.Ed.) or a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT).

The automatic bump in salary you’ll receive with this advanced degree is definitely worth the small, additional investment of time.

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