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Program Delivery

The Master's in Special Education with Mild/Moderate Education Specialist Preliminary Credential Program is a two-year on-the-job
training program.

Employment and Training

Candidates are fully employed as student-interns during the two years of the program, earning certificated teacher’s salary and benefits, while they receive on and off the job training and instruction. They may choose to work in school districts throughout the nine San Francisco Bay Area counties.

Extensive supervision and mentoring, on the job and in class, provide support interns need to meet job, program, and state requirements.


  • Instruction and assignments are aligned to job demands, connecting theory and research to practice.
  • Highly qualified instructors have extensive experience in diverse, multicultural, urban schools working with a wide range of students with disabilities.
  • Students are members of a close-knit cohort in small, personalized classes.
  • Intense summer courses prepare students for their first teaching assignments.
  • School year courses are one night per week and a few additional weeknights.


stu_ltBlueThe list of current courses and requirements of the program is located on this Curriculum page.

Applicants who hold a California Single or Multiple Subject Credential (within the past 7 years) may be able to waive up to 7 units of coursework already completed in their previous credential programs.

The Master of Arts in Special Education, which is earned while completing the Mild/Moderate Education Specialist Credential Program, requires the candidate to complete a research methods course and a thesis or project in special education.

The candidate may alternatively opt to complete the Master's degree during the first year after completing the credential program.

Also see more Program Benefits >> and Frequently Asked Questions  >>