Teaching Credential, Preliminary, Mild/Moderate & Moderate/Severe

This credential program helps candidates develop the skills necessary to teach special education and conduct educational assessments as Preliminary Educational Specialists in K-12 and through age 22 learning environments for a wide range of students with disabilities.

Program Overview

The Preliminary Education Specialist Mild/ Moderate/ Moderate/Severe Credential focuses on inclusive schooling, differentiating instruction, data-based decision-making and positive behavior supports. Specialists with specialty training are in great demand, especially in the areas of autism spectrum disorders, learning disabilities, speech/ language impairments and moderate to severe disabilities.

As a student, you will:

  • Learn the importance of being flexible, passionate, creative, optimistic and supportive for your students. 
  • Gain real-world experience through coursework and field study.
  • Impact the lives of students by adapting your instruction to fit their needs.


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Fairfield Campus
2450 Martin Road, Fairfield, CA 94534
Modesto Campus
5222 Pirrone Court, Salida, CA 95368
Menifee Campus
28237 La Piedra Rd, Bldg. 2008, Menifee, CA 92584
Monterey Campus
99 Pacific Street, Suite 375-B, Monterey, CA 93940
Ontario Campus
3990 Concours Street, Suite 100, Ontario, CA 91764
Palm Desert Campus
75-105 Merle Dr, Suite 800, Bldg. B, Palm Desert, CA 92211
Riverside Campus
3550 Vine Street, Suite 200, Riverside, CA 92507
Roseville Campus
400 Sunrise Avenue, Suite 200, Roseville, CA 95661
San Diego Campus
7460 Mission Valley Road, San Diego, CA 92108
Santa Maria Campus
1300 E. Cypress Street, Building A-1, Santa Maria, CA 93454
Visalia Campus
337 N. Plaza Dr., Visalia, CA 93291
Victorville Campus
13911 Park Avenue, Suite 100, Victorville, CA 92392
Walnut Creek Campus
2950 Buskirk Avenue, Suite 315, Walnut Creek, CA 94597
Yuba City Campus
3301 East Onstott Road, Yuba City, CA 95991
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    Admission Requirements

    Applicants for this program must complete the formal application process with all required documents, which include:

    • Completed application
    • Statement of Intent
    • Three recommendation forms
    • GPA: Meet 1 of these 3 GPA options for admission
    • Official transcripts showing a conferred Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
    • Proof of a passing score on the CBEST or any CTC approved basic skills tests
    California Residency

    This program is only available to California residents

    Letter of Good Standing

    Applicants transferring from another institution's credential program must supply a letter from that institution's Education Department attesting to the applicant's good standing in the program. The letter should be written on institutional letterhead by the Dean, department chair, director of teacher education, or someone in a similar position

    Graduate Level Exams

    Candidates interested in the following credentials: Education Specialist, single subject or multiple subject credentials, must prove subject matter competency by providing evidence that they have registered for, taken or passed the appropriate subject matter examination (CSET) prior to admission to the program

    Program Curriculum

    • PSYU 323 Child Development


      EDUU 513 Student Health and Safety


      EDUU 551 Educational Applications of Computers Level I *


      Total Credits



      A waiver of the technology requirement may be granted based on successful completion of the CSET Educational Technology Exam, documentation of completion of regular education computers in education coursework from an accredited college or university, or the submission of an electronic portfolio (under certain conditions).

    • EDUU 510  Introduction to Teaching


      EDUU 511  Collaboration For Inclusive Schooling


      EDUU 512  The Art & Craft of Teaching


      EDUU 649  Data-Based Decision Making in Special Education


      EDUU 602  Positive Behavior Supports


      EDUU 603  Instructional Supports for Communication, Language and Literacy


      EDUU 655  Individualized Education Plan Development and Special Education Law


      Core Courses Subtotal


      Literacy Content


      EDMU 520  Literacy and Language in K-8 Classrooms I


      EDMU 521  Literacy and Language in K-8 Classrooms II


      or EDSU 532

       Effective Literacy Instruction for Single Subject Candidates

      Literacy Content Subtotal


      Emphasis Course


      Select one or both of the following:


      EDUU 519
       Teaching Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities


      EDUU 560
       Teaching Students with Moderate/Severe Disabilities


      Emphasis Course Subtotal


      1. Passing score on the CTEL examination (available only by petition, speak with your advisor about this option).
      2. Hold a current CLAD/BCLAD.
      3. Hold a current 1059 (with CLAD) or 2042 Multiple or Single Subject(s) Credential.
      4. Successfully complete the following courses in addition to EDMU 520 Literacy and Language in K-8 Classrooms I and EDMU 521 Literacy and Language in K-8 Classrooms II.
        EDMU 523 History, Social Science and Visual/Performing Arts in K-8 Classrooms 3
        EDMU 524 Teaching and Learning Mathematics in K-8 Classrooms 3
        EDMU 525 Teaching and Learning Science in K-8 Classrooms 3
      5. Successfully complete the following courses in addition to EDMU 520 Literacy and Language in K-8 Classrooms I and EDSU 532 Effective Literacy Instruction for Single Subject Candidates.
        EDSU 530 Theories, Methods, and Materials for Teaching English Learners 3
        EDSU 531 Secondary Instructional Strategies for Language/Culturally Diverse Classrooms 3
        EDSU 533 Content Specific Strategies for Single Subjects (Series) 3
        EDSU 534 Preparing 21st Century Learners: A Collaborative and Integrated Approach 3
      6. Successfully complete the CTEL certificate courses and a portfolio (available only by petition, speak with your advisor about this option).
    • Mild/Moderate
      EDTU 572 Directed Teaching I: Mild/Moderate


      EDUU 544 Student Teaching Seminar I


      EDTU 592 Directed Teaching II: Mild/Moderate


      EDUU 545 Student Teaching Seminar II


      Total Credits


      EDTU 573 Directed Teaching I: Moderate/Severe


      EDUU 544 Student Teaching Seminar I


      EDTU 593 Directed Teaching II: Moderate/Severe


      EDUU 545 Student Teaching Seminar II


      Total Credits



      Candidates seeking both a Mild/Moderate and Moderate/Severe credential will be required to complete a total of 2 sessions of Directed Teaching, one in each area and at two different age levels.

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