Preliminary Education Specialist Credential

As today's schools, programs and academic requirements become more complex, the needs of special education students continue to be individualized and comprehensive.

Choose tracks in Mild to Moderate Support Needs and Extensive Support NeedsClasses rarely exceed 20 students, and the faculty is comprised of highly regarded professional practitioners in the field.


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Wednesday, Jul. 17, 2024 at 12:00 - 1:00 pm

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Quick Facts

Program Units
Average Duration
12-18 months
Program Format
On campus with a full-time or part-time course load
Course Availability
Fall and Spring 15-week semesters
Start Term
New students begin during the Fall, Spring, or Summer semesters.
  • Thousand Oaks
Program Costs

Credential Scholarships (up to $10,000)

Cal Grant extension

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Let us know you're interested and we'll reach out to answer your questions. You'll also receive more information about the program and your financial aid options.


Make an Impact

Your passion is leading you to make a difference teaching special education students, and California needs qualified and talented special education teachers.

Better screening and identification of disabilities in children is expected to increase the demand for special education services — 6% job growth is projected by 2022. (Bureau of Labor Statistics)

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Master's Degree Option

Upon completion of the Preliminary credential program, you can take these courses to earn the M.S in Special Education degree.

  • EDGN 509 Situating Yourself as a Scholar Practitioner and Teacher Leader
  • EDGN 510 Collaboratories of Practice - Understanding Change Theory
  • EDGN 599 Education Improvement Plan - From Theory to Praxis

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It really has been worth the investment I've made because it's easy to maneuver through the program, get your classes, and communicate with faculty. Those are the things that make a great educational experience.

Nick Jerrems