Preliminary Education Specialist Credential in Moderate to Severe Disabilities

The Education Specialist Credential in Moderate/Severe Disabilities prepares highly qualified teachers using research-based curricula and pedagogy to provide quality educational services to students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. The program has as its foundation the assumption that educational services for students with disabilities should be implemented in the least restrictive environment; and the goal of those services is to teach skills and arrange educational and social settings to increase the students’ ability to participate fully in school, home, and community environments.

Credential candidates in this program must demonstrate their competence in providing quality educational services to students with moderate/severe disabilities including access to standards-based academic curricula and the use of systematic, data-based approaches to instruction and models of curricular adaptation and social belonging. Competencies in supporting students in inclusive settings, interacting effectively with families, and in developing educational goals using a transdisciplinary team approach are also essential components of the teacher preparation program. In addition, a three-semester sequence of supervised fieldwork ensures that teacher candidates are able to apply the knowledge and skills acquired through course content and assignments to the instruction of students with moderate/severe disabilities in urban school settings.

Moderate Severe Special Education Credential Coursework

Category I: Core Courses

Course # Course Title Units  
SPED 788 Law, Ethics, Collaboration, Technology & Instructional Planning 3  
SPED 747 Physical, Health and Sensory Disabilities: Implications and Management 3  
SPED 763 Transition Planning for Student with Disabilities 3  
SPED 791 Nature of Autism Spectrum Disorders 3  
SPED 801 Development, Diversity, and English-Language Learners 3  
Health Education Elementary School Health (e.g. H ED 630/635 - offered through Continuing Education CEL, or approved course substitution 3  
E ED 784 Curriculum and Instruction in Mathematics (Not required if student possesses a California Multiple Subjects or Single Subjects Credential) 3  
E ED 882 Literacy Instruction in K-12 Classrooms (Not required if student possesses a California Multiple Subjects or Single Subjects Credential) 3  

Category II: Method Courses

Course # Course Title Units
SPED 745 Environmental Design for Students with Moderate Severe Disabilities 3
SPED 773 Methods of Assessment & Instruction for Students with Moderate Severe Disabilities 3
SPED 821 Fieldwork: Moderate Severe Disabilities (taken concurrently with SPED 745 and SPED 773) 3
SPED 787 Advanced Assessment & Instructional Design-Students with Moderate Severe Disabilities 3
SPED 789 Advanced Environmental Design-Students with Moderate Severe Disabilities 3
SPED 821 Fieldwork in Moderate Severe Disabilities (taken concurrently with SPED 787 and SPED 789) 3

Category III: Student Teaching
(Students enroll full time for a minimum of 12 units during semester of student teaching)

Course # Course Title Units
SPED 723 Student Teaching Workshop - Moderate Severe Disabilities 3
SPED 730 Student Teaching in Special Education 9
Total Units: 54
Additional CTC requirements for Preliminary Education Specialist Credential
  • CPR (online course not acceptable) - must cover infant, child and adult CPR
  • U.S. Constitution Requirement
  • RICA Test (Reading Instruction Competence Assessment)

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