Master's Credential Cohort Program
Department of Learning and Teaching
The Master’s Credential Cohort Program is designed to prepare effective special education teachers through coursework and field experiences leading to an M.Ed. in Special Education and Preliminary Education Specialist Teaching Credential with an authorization in Mild to Moderate Disablities. 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 summer and intersession (January) periods free. For 2013-2014 this program will offer discounted 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 Disablities.
What can I do with this degree?
Our graduates go on to teach students with mild to moderate disabilities aged Kindergarten through 22 years. The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing defines mild to moderate disabilites as "specific learning disabilities; mild to moderate mental retardation; other health impairment; [and/or] serious emotional disturbance."
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 gradutes 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. Our students include recent graduates, career changers, and educators in need of a teaching credential. Teaching experience is helpful but is not required.