You aspire to teach students with unique support needs in a K-12 setting.
This education specialist credential prepares you to work with a wide range of students by creating, developing, and implementing individualized supports, adaptations, and accommodations to facilitate access to core curriculum in a variety of environments. We offer both a fully online curriculum throughout the state of California and an in-person curriculum at our Southern California campuses in San Diego and Bakersfield.
The program’s coursework focuses on state and federal regulations, including but not limited to:
- Developing high leverage practices
- Determining appropriate assessments
- Creating Individual Education Plans (IEPs)
- Learning how to develop specialized curricula
- Designing safe learning environments
- Building positive behavior support systems
- Planning for transition strategies
- Use of current and assistive technologies
- Enhance your skills working as a collaborator in educational settings
- And more!
Establish Your Credibility
Gain the skills and the credential you need to live out your calling to teach. Earn a credential that establishes you as a knowledgeable, committed teaching candidate in as little as 24 months (three to four semesters depending on your start date). PLNU’s accreditations and district partnerships mean your degree will be from a university that’s well-known and respected in the community.
Be Confident in Your Calling
Learn in an environment where your goals, faith, and passion are shared and valued. At PLNU, we’re here to partner with you and give you the same holistic care you know every student deserves. Your curriculum is grounded in research and tied to critical needs and current topics facing educators.
Build a Lasting Network of Support
PLNU faculty and master teachers mentor you. Career counselors guide you. PLNU’s Education Associates alumni network keeps you connected long after graduation. And further professional development opportunities are available as you advance in your career.
Earn your education specialist preliminary credential as a standalone degree or as part of PLNU’s Master of Arts in Teaching program.