Special Education

Spring 2019 Applications for the Special Education Credential open on Wednesday, August 1, 2018.
Fall 2019 applications open October 1, 2018 (Traditional Pathway only). Priority Deadline: February 15, 2019. Rolling admissions on a space available basis through April 15, 2019 (Program application can be closed once filled any time after February 15, 2019).

The CSUMB Special Education Program prepares professionals to develop and maximize the potential of individuals with learning challenges and their families. The program emphasizes preferred curriculum and instructional practices, basic and applied research, collaboration with general education partners, and direct service in local schools. To fulfill the mission, we offer the following:

  • Preliminary Mild/Moderate Education Specialist Credential
  • Preliminary Moderate/Severe Education Specialist Credential
  • Clear Mild/Moderate Education Specialist Credential (through Master's program)
  • Autism Authorization
  • Certificate Program in Behavior Analysis
  • Masters of Arts in Education with an emphasis in Special Education
  • English Learner Authorization

The program's faculty provide leadership through partnerships with local educational and community agencies, active participation in national and international professional organizations, and through sustained collaboration with university professionals and colleagues.

General Credential Information

The Preliminary Education Specialist Credential program

This preliminary credential program prepares individuals to perform responsibilities of entry-level special education teachers in grades K-12, including adults (up to age 22). Once issued, the Preliminary Education Specialist Credential is valid for 5 years.

NOTE: Individuals who earn a Preliminary Education Specialist Credential will be required to complete a Clear Credential Program offered either through a CCTC approved program at their district or county office, or university, within 5 years of receiving their Preliminary Credential.

Moderate to severe

Education Specialist in Moderate/Severe Disabilities authorizes teachers to instruct individuals in K-12, and adults (up to age 22) receiving educational services, with autism, intellectual disability, deaf-blindness, serious emotional disturbance, and multiple disabilities.

Mild to Moderate

Education Specialist in Mild/Moderate Disabilities authorizes teachers to instruct individuals in K-12, and adults (up to age 22) receiving educational services, with specific learning disabilities, intellectual disability, other health impaired, and/or serious emotional disturbance.

NOTE: For candidates seeking authorization to teach students ages 3 to 5 (pre-kindergarten), additional certification in early childhood special education is required. CSUMB does not currently offer this certification, however interested candidates may contact Dr. Peg Hughes at San Jose State University to inquire about their early childhood special education certificate program.

Pathway Options

Once you decide whether to follow mild-mod or mod-severe, there are two pathways through the Ed Specialist Credential Program to pick from:

**We currently do not offer a Masters + Ed Specialist Credential program.

For more information please contact:

Shawna Gannon, Recruitment and Admissions Counselor