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MA in Special Education with Mild/Moderate Education Specialist Credential

The Master's and Credential Program are designed to prepare interns for special education careers in diverse, multicultural urban schools.

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In this two-year program, candidates can earn Preliminary Teaching Credentials and master's degrees while working as paid intern teachers in bay area schools.

Distinctive program delivery  >>
enables candidates to succeed in this on-the-job training program.

Career Opportunities—The MA Mild/Moderate Education Specialist Credential authorizes graduates to work in a wide variety of positions including working in public and private K-12 schools as special day-class teachers or as resource and inclusion specialists.

Program Assistant Contact
Tel: (415) 422-2099
Fax: (415) 422-5527

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Deadline March 1

Program Features

  • Small, collaborative cohorts
  • Relevant, research-based content and pedagogy
  • Job search and placement assistance
  • Teacher's salary and benefits during intern employment
  • Substantial support, supervision, and mentoring
  • Financial aid assistance is available

To Begin the Program

Entry into the program takes place once per year, and instruction begins during the summer, in June. The complete application must be submitted by March 1 in order to be considered for entry that year. Also, posted bachelor's degree and official passing test scores must arrive prior to the beginning of summer courses.

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Discuss the program with a coordinator, contact
Dr. Kevin Oh or Aisha Bolds

Contact for Credential Processing
(415) 422-2117
and possible funding with the
APLE teacher incentive
program  >>

Requirements  >>

  • Posted bachelor’s degree with a minimum 2.75 GPA in undergraduate courses.
  • Passing scores on the California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET) multiple subjects test.
    (There are three multiple-subject subtests: language arts and social science; math and science; and PE, human development, and visual and performing arts. Applicants must pass all three subtests.)
  • Passing scores on the CSET writing skills test. (The California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) or an accepted out-of-state CBEST equivalent test may be substituted for the CSET writing skills test with approval from the program.)
  • Face-to-face interview with program coordinator.
    Interviews take place after the application packet is complete.
  • Employment as a special education teacher by the fall semester of the program (job placement assistance is available).
  • Prior classroom experience preferred but not required.