Department of Education and Leadership
Summer 2023 applications Open October 1, 2022. Rolling admissions through March 1, 2023! See deadlines posted in Cal State Apply.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Special Education Course Sequences
Recommended Course Sequences - Subject to Change
Recommended Course Sequence (1 year) Preliminary Mild/Moderate (For those who hold a Clear)
Recommended Course Sequence (2 years) Preliminary Mild/Moderate (Required for Interns)
Recommended Course Sequence (18 Months) Preliminary Mild/Moderate (For Non-Interns Only)
Recommended Course Sequence (1 year) Preliminary Moderate/Severe (For those who hold a Clear)
Recommended Course Sequence (2 years) Preliminary Moderate/Severe (Required for Interns)
Recommended Course Sequence (18 Months) Preliminary Moderate/Severe (For Non-Interns Only)
Autism Only - For Preliminary credential holders prior to 2013