Teaching Credential, Preliminary, Moderate/Severe

This program prepares candidates to become influential leaders within their school systems by working with students with disabilities in grades K-12 and adults up to age 22. The program is uniquely designed to combine coursework with field experience, providing candidates with vital real-world experience in special education.

Program Overview

The Preliminary Teaching Credential in Moderate to Severe Disabilities prepares teachers to become a part of an elite group dedicated to serving students who are in need of specialized instruction. You will learn to design engaging lessons and develop the skills needed to plan and deliver differentiated instruction, effectively manage classrooms, and implement data-driven assessments. The program is based on California content standards and Common Core.

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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Next Session

Spring II (Mar 05, 2018)

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Available Campuses

Antelope Valley Campus
39115 Trade Center Drive, Suite 203, Palmdale, CA 93551
Fairfield Campus
4820 Business Center Drive, Suite 100, Fairfield, CA 94534
Modesto Campus
5222 Pirrone Court, Salida, CA 95368
Menifee Campus
28237 La Piedra Rd, Bldg. 3000, 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
649 South County Center Drive, Visalia, CA 93277
Victorville Campus
13911 Park Avenue, Suite 100, Victorville, CA 92392
Walnut Creek Campus
2950 Buskirk Avenue, Suite 200, Walnut Creek, CA 94597
Yuba City Campus
3301 East Onstott Road, Yuba City, CA 95991
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Dawn P. | MA, Special Education,
There are definite financial advantages to getting a master’s degree. You have the ability to max out on the pay scale. Initially, this was a motivator for me, but once I got into my master’s program and saw how I could apply what I was learning in my classroom, it wasn’t about the money so much anymore.
Steve L. | MAE, Teaching, 2017

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).
  • 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


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