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Master of Arts in Education - Preliminary Education Specialist Credential
The Master of Arts in Education Preliminary Education Specialist Credential option is designed for teachers who hold a valid basic teaching credential and who are seeking both a master’s degree and a career path in special education by adding on the Preliminary Mild/Moderate with the option to complete the Preliminary Moderate/Severe Education Specialist credential.
The Preliminary Mild/Moderate Education Specialist credential authorizes instruction of students with a primary disability of Autism Spectrum Disorder, Emotional Disturbance, Mild/Moderate Mental Retardation, Other Health Impairment (e.g. Attention Deficit Disorder), or Specific Learning Disability. The Preliminary Moderate/Severe Education Specialist credential authorizes instruction of students with a primary disability of Autism Spectrum Disorder, Deaf-Blindness, Emotional Disturbance, Moderate/Severe Mental Retardation, or Multiple Disabilities. Both credentials authorize instruction for English Learners (EL). The authorization to teach EL is met through coursework and clinical.
All teachers earning a Preliminary Education Specialist credential must clear the credential within five years of the credential issuance date by obtaining a Clear Education Specialist credential through a CTC-approved clear credential program sponsor (e.g., district BTSA/Induction program, university, or County Office of Education). Please see the CTC website for a list of currently approved sponsors. CSUSM does not currently offer the Clear Education Specialist credential.
Master’s Candidates are encouraged to apply to the Master of Arts in Education degree program by submitting an application to CEHHS Student Services by the published deadline date. Masters Candidates who have a break in enrollment from the University (without a formal leave of absence on file with the university) must reapply for admission via the CSU application process. (www.csumentor.edu)
For admission and program details, please see the Master of Arts program brochure listed under Quick Links.