Teaching Credential, Preliminary, Early Childhood Special Education

Designed for candidates who want a career working with infant, toddler and preschool-age children with identified special needs. Teachers specializing in early childhood special education can work in public or private preschools, childcare centers or at private homes.

Program Overview

The Preliminary Early Childhood Special Education Credential focuses on the skills needed to conduct assessments, provide instruction, and special education-related services to young children with disabilities. The curriculum provides educators of young children with advanced methods and strategies for working with learning, development and behavior disabilities. 

As a student, you will:

  • Develop the skills required to ensure that instruction and environments are appropriate for the child’s developmental age, needs and identified disabilities.
  • Assist students by cultivating collaborative relationships with families/guardians/caregivers, community members and educational personnel.
  • Reflect the value of and knowledge about children and families from diverse backgrounds and experiences.
  • Think outside the box and incorporate appropriate technology to accommodate students’ individualized needs.


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Mar 05, 2018

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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 *


    ECED 303 Integrated Learning Standards in Early Childhood Settings: Language & Literacy


    ECED 330 Dual Language Learners and Their Families


    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 602  Positive Behavior Supports


    EDUU 603  Instructional Supports for Communication, Language and Literacy


    Core Subtotal


    Emphasis Area


    EDUU 639  Pedagogical Leadership in Early Childhood Education


    EDUU 665  Historical, Phil, and Legal Foundations of Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education


    EDUU 666  Family Guided Practices in Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education


    EDUU 667  Assessment in Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education


    EDUU 668  Curriculum and Intervention in Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education


    EDUU 669  Consultation and Advanced Strategies in Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education


    Emphasis Area Subtotal


    Clinical Practice


    EDTU 594  Directed Teaching: Early Childhood Special Education (Infants and Toddlers)


    EDUU 544  Student Teaching Seminar I


    EDTU 595  Directed Teaching: Early Childhood Special Education (Preschool)


    EDUU 545  Student Teaching Seminar II


    Clinical Practice Subtotal


    Total Credits


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