- College of Education, Health and Human Services
- School of Education (SoE)
- About the SoE
- Students: New & Continuing
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- Programs Offered
- Middle Level Credential
- Multiple Subject Credential
- Single Subject Credential
- Special Education Credential
- Special Education Add-On Credential
- MA - Educational Administration Option
- MA - General Option
- MA - Literacy Education
- MA - Special Education Option
- Ed.D. - Educational Leadership
Preliminary Mild/Moderate and/or Moderate/Severe CredentialThe Preliminary Education Specialist Mild/Moderate and Moderate/Severe Disabilities Education Specialist “Add-on” program is designed for teachers who have completed a basic (e.g. Multiple or Single Subject) credential program and have satisfied the California subject matter competence requirement.
This credential program prepares teachers in advanced skills to instruct students in grades K through 12 and adults through age 22 with identified disabilities. 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 experiences.
“Add-On” credential applicants are strongly encouraged to apply for admission to the Master of Arts in Education program with a special education emphasis.
All teachers holding a Preliminary Education Special Credential must clear the credential within five years of the credential issuance date by obtaining a Clear Education Specialist 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.