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Education and California Teacher Credentials

Graduate Programs

Special Education: Mild/Moderate Disabilities

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The Education Specialist Program in Mild to Moderate Disabilities at Mount Saint Mary’s University has been designed to provide you with many professional options. The core of your program will be the Education Specialist Credential Program, that leads to a California Preliminary Special Education in Mild to Moderate teaching credential. The Education Specialist Program includes general and special education courses and field experiences. Upon completion of the Preliminary program, you will obtain an education specialist teaching position (if you don’t already have one) and begin an Induction Program. The Induction Program will support your continued professional development.

The Education Specialist Program offers an enhanced credential/master’s program with a focus on preparing the general education teacher to respond to the needs of all learners through an innovative program that infuses CCTC education specialist standards into the general education curriculum. This program offers advanced training that will support your ability to effectively teach students with special needs and develop a leadership role at your school site for all struggling learners.

Please contact the Director of the Education Specialist Program, Dr. Diana Taylor, for additional information at 213.477.2620.

Course Requirements

46 units total

The following coursework has been carefully planned to provide multiple opportunities to meet the state requirements for the Education Specialist Preliminary Credential. Students also have the opportunity to earn a Master of Science in Education degree with the credential, as well as the option to obtain a second preliminary credential concurrently. Please contact the Director of the Education Specialist Program, Dr. Diana Taylor, for more information.

Please note that course offerings, class schedules and program requirements are subject to change without notice. Please contact the department for more information.

Prerequisite Courses

9 units total

  • EDU 207: Teaching English Learners (1.5 units)
  • EDU 208A: Introduction to Exceptional Learners (1.5 units)
  • EDU 208B: Responsive Teaching for All Learners (1.5 units)
  • EDU 251: Child and Adolescent Development & Learning Across Cultures (3 units)
  • EDU 252: Diversity & Schools (1.5 units)

Preliminary Professional Courses

9 units total

  • EDU 250: Elementary Instruction* (3 units)
  • EDU 254: Math and Science: Elementary Curriculum (3 units)
  • EDU 256: Language and Literacy: Elementary Curriculum (3 units)

Education Specialist Courses

12 units total

  • EDU 271: Assessment of Students with Special Needs (3 units)
  • EDU 272: Positive Behavior Supports for Students and Special Needs (3 units)
  • EDU 278: Program Leadership for Education Specialists (3 units)
  • EDU 279: Supporting Students with Neurological Disorders (3 units)

Supervised Teaching

11 units total

  • EDU 378: Supervised Teaching (8 units)
  • EDU 210: Supervised Teaching Culminating Seminar (3 units)

Additional Requirements

5 units total

  • EDU 200A: Research Methods for Practitioners (2 units)
  • EDU 296C: Case Study Inquiry and Report Seminar I (1 unit)
  • EDU 296D: Case Study Inquiry and Report Seminar II (2 units)

Additional Requirements if Adding Multiple Subject Credential

6 units total

  • EDU 206: School and Society (2 units)
  • EDU 209A: TPA Lab I (0.5 units)
  • EDU 209B: TPA Lab II (0.5 units)
  • EDU 255: Social Studies and the Arts: Elementary Curriculum (3 units)

Additional Requirements if Adding Single Subject Credential

11 units total

  • EDU 206: School and Society (2 units)
  • EDU 209A: TPA Lab I (0.5 units)
  • EDU 209B: TPA Lab II (0.5 units)
  • EDU 267: Principles of Secondary Curriculum & Content Area Modules (4 units)
  • EDU 268: Content-Based Reading Instruction & Content Area Modules (4 units)

*The Preliminary and Induction Teacher Preparation Programs meet the standards for and have been approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC), leading to a California Preliminary or Clear Teaching Credential.  Students who wish to practice in a state other than California will have additional licensing requirements to complete prior to practicing in a state outside of California. Mount Saint Mary’s University is in the process of researching program professional licensure standards in other states.