Mild/Moderate Preliminary Credential

Program Overview

The Preliminary Education Specialist Mild/Moderate credential is 39 semester units of a 46 semester unit Master's degree. Candidate will apply their learning in fieldwork and Clinical Practice experiences in elementary, middle, or high school classrooms.

This program prepares candidates to collaborate with general education teachers in order to create, develop, and implement adaptations and accomodations for students with specific learning disabilities in a variety of environments. Coursework focuses on state and federal regulations, use of core curriculum and state standards, learning and behavior strategies, Individual Education Plans (IEP) as well as use of assistive technologies.

For all included coursework, visit our current catalog.

This program is ideal for:

  • Aspiring teachers interested in teaching K-12 students with mild/moderate disabilities.
  • Current paraprofessionals already working in the classroom as instructional aides.
  • Multiple and Single Subject credential holders interested in adding a Mild/Moderate Preliminary credential.

Program Details

  • Total Semester Units: Phase 1 credential, 39 semester units: Phase 2 MAT completion, 7 semester units
  • Format: Combination of face-to-face and distance learning. In-class meetings are from 4:30-9 p.m., one night per week for a period of 8 weeks.
  • Completion time: 18-24 months
  • Location: Regional Centers in Mission Valley - San Diego, Bakersfield, and Inland Empire.
  • Tuition and fees: Please visit our Graduate Student Financial Services website.
  • Clinical Practice:  During the culminating experience, candidates work full time in a special education classroom for a semester under the guidance of a Cooperating Teacher. Schools are assigned by the Field Experience Coordinator at each regional center.
  • For information on dual credentialing and/or intern opportunities, contact the Enrollment Counselor at your regional center.
  • Transfer work: Candidates may transfer up to 6 units of approved graduate level coursework to this program.

Moderate/Severe Preliminary Credential

Program Overview

apply_now.jpgThe Preliminary Education Specialist Moderate/Severe credential is 39 semester units of a 46 semester unit Master's degree. The candidate will apply their learning in fieldwork and Clinical Practice experiences in elementary, middle, or high school classrooms.

This program prepares candidates to create, develop, and implement adaptations and accomodations for students with moderate to severe disabilities, such as learning, social/emotional and/or physical disabilities. Coursework focuses on state and federal regulations, use of specialized curricula, learning and transition strategies, Individual Education Plans (IEP) as well as use of assistive technologies.

For all included coursework, visit our current catalog.

This program is ideal for:

  • Aspiring teachers interested in teaching K-12 students with moderate to severe disabilities.
  • Current paraprofessionals already working in the classroom as instructional aides.
  • Multiple and Single Subject credential holders interested in adding a Moderate/Severe Preliminary credential.

Program Details

  • Total Semester Units: Phase 1 credential, 39 semester units: Phase 2 MAT completion, 7 semester units
  • Format: Combination of face-to-face and distance learning. In-class meetings are from 4:30-9 p.m., one night per week for a period of 8 weeks.
  • Completion time: 18-24 months
  • Location: Regional Centers in Mission Valley - San Diego, Bakersfield, and Inland Empire.
  • Tuition and fees: Please visit our Graduate Student Financial Services website.
  • Clinical Practice:  During the culminating experience, candidates work full time in a special education moderate/severe classroom for a semester under the guidance of a Cooperating Teacher. Schools are assigned by the Field Experience Coordinator each regional center.
  • For information on dual credentialing and/or intern opportunities, contact the Enrollment Counselor at your regional center.
  • Transfer work: Candidates may transfer up to 6 units of approved graduate level coursework to this program.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION

A Graduate Enrollment Counselor is available to answer questions about the program, admissions process, priority application dates and requirements.

Key Contacts by Location


Bakersfield
Natalie Ramirez, Graduate Enrollment Counselor
natalieramirez@pointloma.edu
(661) 377-4721

Inland Empire (offering courses in Corona)
Natalie Ramirez, Graduate Enrollment Counselor
natalieramirez@pointloma.edu
(661) 377-4721

Mission Valley (San Diego)
Amanda Bolton, Graduate Enrollment Counselor
amandabolton@pointloma.edu
(619) 563-2810