Added Emphasis Education Specialist Credential, Mild/Moderate

This program is designed specifically for current California teachers who have already achieved their Preliminary Education Specialist credential in moderate/severe and wish to further expand their expertise in the field. 

Program Overview

The Added Emphasis Education Specialist Credential, Mild/Moderate, in accordance with CTC standards, offers holders of a preliminary education specialist credential the opportunity to complete the mild/moderate preliminary specialty area program. You will learn advanced methods and strategies for teaching students with mild to moderate learning, developmental and behavior disabilities.

As a student, you will:

  • Integrate skills and knowledge with multidisciplinary teams that include families/guardians/caregivers, community members and educational personnel.
  • Demonstrate professional practices and attitudes that reflect the value of and knowledge about children and families from diverse backgrounds and experiences.
  • Implement and promote evidence-based and multifaceted teaching methodologies and strategies to meet students’ individualized needs.
  • Analyze, select and use formal and informal assessments that are appropriate for each child’s culture, language and unique learning needs.
  • Incorporate assessment results for IEP/IFSP/ITP development, Response to Intervention (RTI), instruction and interventions.
  • Implement positive behavior supports, social skills instruction and an environmental arrangement to support developmentally appropriate social and educational behaviors.
  • Apply subject matter pedagogical skills in authentic settings.


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Spring II (Mar 09, 2020)

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Available Campuses

Antelope Valley Campus
39115 Trade Center Drive, Suite 203, Palmdale, CA 93551
Fairfield Campus
2450 Martin Road, Fairfield, CA 94534
Modesto Campus
5222 Pirrone Court, Salida, CA 95368
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
Travis AFB Campus
530 Hickam Avenue, Bldg 249, Suite 10, Travis AFB, CA 94535
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 to the teaching credential 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

The teaching credential program is only available to California residents

Letter of Good Standing

Applicants transferring from another institution's teaching 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 teaching 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

  • Valid Preliminary or Clear Education Specialist Credential, mild/moderate or moderate/severe with EL Authorization based on 2009 CTC Program Standards and an Autism Authorization. This program may be available to candidates who hold a Level II clear credential.

    Up to 3 credits of General Education Elective may be waived or transferred into program. Three credits of the first Directed Teaching course and the first student teaching seminar (EDUU 544 Student Teaching Seminar I) may be waived with 1 year of documented full-time teaching experience in the respective credential area being sought. Internship experience may not be used to waive student teaching credits. Students must establish residency with at least 9 credits.

    Candidates adding a Preliminary Education Specialist Credential must successfully complete an exit portfolio consisting of signature assignments and artifacts from required coursework, an exemplary lesson plan, evaluation and observation from student teaching, and reflective essays. Students will submit an application and submit their portfolio upon meeting all other program requirements. Candidates submit portfolios through LiveText and pay a fee to have the portfolio evaluated. Portfolio requirements and directions are located on the SOE Services MyBrandman site.

    Per CTC, holders of a clear education specialist credential may complete another preliminary specialty area program and add the new specialty area to their Clear credential. These individuals do not need to verify completion of an Induction program and will be issued a new clear credential with the additional specialty area.

  • Emphasis Course


    EDUU 519  Teaching Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities


    or EDUU 560

     Teaching Students with Moderate/Severe Disabilities

    Emphasis Course Subtotal


    General Education Elective


    Select one of the following:


    EDUU 511
     Collaboration For Inclusive Schooling


    EDUU 512
     The Art & Craft of Teaching


    EDUU 570
     Voice, Diversity, Equity, and Social Justice


    EDUU 599
     Independent Study


    EDUU 609
     Seminar in Curriculum Studies


    EDMU 520
     Literacy and Language in K-8 Classrooms I


    EDMU 521
     Literacy and Language in K-8 Classrooms II


    EDSU 532
     Effective Literacy Instruction for Single Subject Candidates


    General Education Elective Subtotal


    Clinical Practice


    Complete the Mild/Moderate or Moderate/Severe Credential


    Clinical Practice Subtotal


    Total Credits


  • 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


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