Teaching Credential, Level II, Mild/Moderate and Moderate/Severe

Special Education Level II Education Specialist Professional Mild/Moderate and Moderate/Severe Credential

This program builds on the knowledge gained during a student's Level I training to help pave the way for further professional growth. In the Level II Education Specialist Professional Mild/Moderate and Moderate/Severe Credentials program students learn advanced special education methods through coursework the development of a career portfolio.

Credential courses are aligned with the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) Teacher Performance Expectations and reflect current research in education and best practices. Candidates utilize Common Core Standards and other state content standards to design engaging lessons and develop skills in planning and differentiating instruction, classroom management, and assessment.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Collaboration: Integrate skills and knowledge related to understanding appropriate collaborative partnerships with multidisciplinary teams that include families/guardians/caregivers, community members, and educational personnel.
  • Diversity: Demonstrate professional practices and attitudes that reflect value of and knowledge about children and families from diverse backgrounds and experiences.
  • Instruction: Implement and promote evidence-based and multifaceted teaching methodologies and strategies, including those incorporating appropriate technology, to meet students’ individualized needs.
  • Assessment: Critically analyze, select, and use formal and informal assessments that are appropriate for each child’s culture, language and unique learning needs. Candidates will incorporate assessment results for IEP/IFSP/ITP development, Response to Intervention (RTI), instruction, and interventions.
  • Behavioral Strategies: Implement Positive Behavior Supports, social skills instruction, and environmental arrangement to support developmentally appropriate social and educational behaviors.

Applicants must complete the formal application process and all required documents, which include:

  1. Statement of Intent
  2. Three Recommendation Forms
  3. Proof of a passing score on the California Basic Education Skills Test (CBEST) or any CTC approved basic skills test is required for admission to all credential programs. The one exception to this requirement is that Multiple Subject candidates may use the passage of the Multiple Subject CSET (all four subsets) in place of the CBEST if taken after July 2007.
  4. All Multiple Subject, Single Subject and Education Specialists credential candidates must prove subject matter competency by providing evidence that they have registered for, have taken or have passed the appropriate subject matter examination (CSET) prior to admission to the program. This is not a requirement for the Early Childhood Special Education Credential.
  5. 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 one’s program. Such a letter should be written on institutional letterhead by the Dean, the department chair, the director of teacher education, or some other person in a similar position.

Applicants seeking one or more of these teaching credential must make formal application to the teacher credential program before beginning any coursework other than prerequisites.

Admission Grade Point Average (GPA) Requirements:

Applicants to a credential program must possess a grade point average of 2.75 (GPA) calculated over the most recent 30 graded semester (45 quarter) credits completed in either a baccalaureate or post baccalaureate program, including credits earned toward a credential. All credits used for GPA calculation must be from a regionally accredited institution.

Applicants to the Single Subject or Education Specialist Credential program who are using an academic major or coursework for subject matter competency must also have a cumulative grade point average of 2.75 in their major field to be admitted.

Applicants with GPAs between 2.50* and 2.74 can qualify for admission to a credential program by earning a passing score on one of the qualifying examinations listed below. A passing score will fulfill both the admission and the major grade point average requirements. Applicants may not enroll in any 500 level course other than prerequisites, until successful completion of an entrance examination:

  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE): achieve the required minimum scores on two out of three of the subsections of the GRE. (Minimum score for Quantitative: 141, minimum score for Verbal: 150, minimum score for Analytic Writing: 4.5.
  • Miller Analogies Test (MAT): achieve a minimum scaled score of 403.
  • Subject Matter Competency Examinations: successfully complete all subtests of the appropriate California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET). Exceptions are Foundational Level General Math where only subtests I and II are required and Foundational Level General Science where only subtests I and II are required.

Exceptional Admit:

Multiple and Single Subject, and Education Specialist applicants with a GPA lower than 2.5 may, under certain conditions, petition for admission consideration under an “exceptional admit” category. Applicants must have passed the CBEST and one of the approved graduate admission examinations specified in number 6 above to be considered for an “exceptional admit”. The School of Education encourages applicants to take the appropriate Subject Matter Competency Examination as a way to demonstrate suitability for admission to a credential program. To petition for admission candidates must submit all required admission documents specified in #1 above and each of following:

  1. Petition for exceptional admission.
  2. Letter from the candidate specifying exceptional admission criteria and how those criteria have been met.
  3. Passing scores on CBEST and passing scores on one of the approved graduate admission exams listed above: GRE, MAT or CSET.
  4. Three letters of reference.
  5. A letter of support from the local campus education committee. The panel has three members and must include one faculty member.

Applicants who choose to enroll in these credential programs have the option of completing their programs in a "credential only" format, or, if they meet graduate degree admission criteria in a Master of Arts in Teaching format (please see MAT degree program for details).

*Students admitted to credential programs are not automatically admitted to graduate degree programs.

Please note:  Admissions to the Level II program will cease as of August, 2014. Eligible candidates are those with a Level I or Certificate of Eligibility, Education Specialist, mild/moderate and/or moderate/severe credential. Admission to the Level II Education Specialist Professional Credential, 1997 CTC Standards Program must occur no later than 120 days following initial employment on the Preliminary (Level I) Credential. Candidates with an Education Specialist, Level I credential have up to five years to complete the Level II Credential Program and file for a Clear Credential.

Candidates must provide proof of two years of employment at the time of the Level II recommendation as a full-time special education teacher in the disability area (Mild/Moderate or Moderate/Severe) authorized by their level I credential area to be eligible to file for the Level II credential.  One year of experience under an intern credential in the disability area may be counted.

Teacher Performance Data 2011-2012


EDUU 687* Professional Induction Planning and Assessment 3
CSPU 639 Advanced Positive Behavioral Supports 3
EDUU 688 Professional Induction Planning and Assessment 3

This course must initially be completed prior to enrolling in any other Level II courses and while the candidate is teaching at least half time in a special education classroom


Total credits (not including prerequisites) 15-18
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