Concurrent Preliminary Mild/Moderate and Moderate/Severe Education Specialist with Preliminary Multiple Subject Credentials

Concurrent candidates receive both the Preliminary Multiple Subject and Preliminary Mild/Moderate Education Specialist I credentials with the option to complete the Preliminary Moderate/Severe Education Specialist credential. The authorization to teach English Learners is met through the infusion of content and clinical experiences.  A bilingual authorization may be added to the Multiple Subject credential for qualified candidates.

The Preliminary Mild/Moderate and Moderate/Severe Education Specialist credentials together encompass competencies to address the full range of student differences.  Both the Mild/Moderate and Moderate/Severe credentials authorize the provision of services to individuals in grades K through 12, and adults through age 22 with identified disabilities.  The 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.

Candidates who successfully complete all of the Concurrent Multiple Subject Courses, both Concurrent Multiple Subject Clinical Practice experiences, the RICA and TPA assessments, and other credential requirements may be awarded the Preliminary Multiple Subject credential and apply for admission to the Special Education Master of Art option to complete remaining Education Specialist courses and clinical practice experiences as Master of Arts in Education’s candidates.

All teachers earning a Preliminary Education Special 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.