Master's Credential Cohort: Special Education Master's Degree Program and Credential

Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2017-2018, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on August 10, 2017. Access the catalog of record at

Special Education Credential

I. Preliminary Education Specialist Credential

The Preliminary Education Specialist program is designed for those interested in teaching students with special needs in schools or agencies servicing K-12 students or adults to 22. Completion of an approved California state Liberal Studies undergraduate program is helpful preparation for the Preliminary Education Specialist credential, but is not required. To demonstrate subject matter competence, all candidates for the Preliminary Education Specialist credential are required to pass the California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET: Multiple Subjects) prior to student teaching. Some applicants may be required to submit a passing score on this test prior to being admitted to the credential program. All candidates for the credential must submit either a passing score on the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) or CSET: Writing Skills Assessment prior to admittance to the program, or evidence of having registered for taking the basic skills exam at its next offering.

Other Requirements

Preliminary Education Specialist Credential with Mild/Moderate Disabilities Authorization requires the following prior to enrollment in Student Teaching:

  1. Passing score on the CSET: Multiple Subjects examination, or the CSET Single Subject Content Matter examination prescribed by California law, or CCTC-approved subject matter competency program. Candidates passing the CSET Multiple Subject subtests may pass the CSET: Writing Skills Assessment in lieu of the CBEST
  2. Passing score on the RICA Reading Instruction Competence Assessment
  3. Passing score on the U.S. Constitution Exam or HIST 117 American Civilization or POLS 120 American Politics or equivalent that specifically covers the U.S. Constitution (course must include US history between 1776 and 1800)
  4. CPR Certificate (infant, child and adult) that is currently valid when applying for Preliminary Teaching Credential
  5. Completion of all special education performance evidence documents listed in Special Education Program Candidate
  6. Grades of B- or better are required in all credential courses, including student teaching
Foundation Block Coursework
EDUC 540Introduction to the Nature of Language and Linguistic3
EDSP 589PHealthy Environments and Inclusive Education in a Global Society3
EDSP 573PCollaboration with Families and Professionals3
Graduate Methods Coursework
EDSP 570PAssessment Identification to Transition Special Education3
EDSP 571PPositive Behavior and Instruction Management in SPED3
EDSP 575PEvidence Based Inclusive Practices Mild/Moderate 5-223
Required General Education Methods Block Subject Matter Competency Coursework
EDUC 575PInclusive Curricula for Learners 5-223
EDUC 583PMethods of Teaching Reading & Language Arts in Elementary3
EDUC 584CMethods of Teaching English Language and Academic Development in Crosscultural Contexts3
Field-Based Coursework
EDSP 590PStudent Teaching Mild to Moderate Disabilities1-7