Master's Credential Cohort Program

MEd in Special Education

Department of Learning and Teaching

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Program Overview

Please note the following changes: in response to new Teacher Preparation program requirements from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing we have proactively made the following updates to our program offerings to meet the needs of aspiring teachers. Beginning with the 2018-2019 academic year, we will be offering a Dual Credential option which will allow candidates to earn a MEd in Curriculum and Instruction, an Education Specialist Credential and either a Preliminary Multiple Subject OR Single Subject Credential. 

This means we will no longer be accepting applications for a standalone MEd in Special Education with a Preliminary Education Specialist Credential as the program will transition to a Dual Credential. 

The Master’s Credential Cohort Program is designed to prepare effective special education teachers through coursework and field experiences leading to an MEd in special education and preliminary education specialist teaching credential with an authorization in mild to moderate disabilities . The program emphasizes the connection between theory and practice, weaving together university-based coursework and thoughtfully designed field experiences. Candidates in the program develop the knowledge, skills and strategies needed to flourish in their own classrooms, as well as the critical habits of mind and reflective practice that will allow them to grow as educators throughout their careers.

The program includes two semesters of student teaching at two different grade levels and a cohort-based curriculum designed to foster collaboration and community. This program is offered as a 2-year, cohort-based program of study with July, most of August, and intersession (January) periods free.

The program currently offers discounted graduate tuition for all incoming students.

Upon graduation, our students are recommended to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing for the preliminary education specialist teaching credential with an authorization in mild to moderate disabilities.

What can I do with this degree?

Graduates of the program go on to teach students with mild to moderate disabilities. The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing defines this specialty area as: "Includes specific learning disabilities; mild to moderate mental retardation; other health impairment; serious emotional disturbance; and authorizes service in grades K–12 and in classes organized primarily for adults through age 22."

Graduates may teach in special education classrooms or they may co-teach with other instructors in classrooms in which special education students learn with the general student body. Some graduates also work outside the traditional classroom setting, with organizations serving students with disabilities. The preliminary education specialist teaching credential enables students to teach in the California public and private schools, and may be transferred to other states (regulations vary by state).

Who should apply?

This program is designed to prepare students to enter the teaching profession. Prospective students include recent graduates, career changers, and educators in need of a teaching credential. Teaching experience is helpful but is not required.