Preliminary Education Specialist Teaching Credential (Moderate/Severe)​

Program Overview

You aspire to teach students with moderate/severe disabilities in a K-12 setting.

This credential prepares you to create, develop, and implement individualized adaptations and accommodations to facilitate access to learning of the core curriculum in a variety of environments. Coursework focuses on state and federal regulations; Individual Education Plans (IEP); specialized curricula; learning, behavior, and transition strategies; as well as the use of current and assistive technologies. Candidates in this program develop skills needed to work as collaborators in educational settings.

You can earn your Preliminary Education Specialist Teaching Credential (Moderate/Severe)​ alone or as part of the Master of Arts in Teaching program.

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Application Information

Are you ready to take the next step and apply?

We’re here to make the entire process a simple one. We’ll walk you through the application process, answer your questions, and get you one step closer to earning your degree.

Students must apply to the Master of Arts in Teaching program to be eligible for the Preliminary Education Specialist Teaching Credential (Moderate/Severe)​.

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Financial Aid and Student Support

We take seriously the role of providing you with financial, academic, and career support so you have the tools you need to be successful at PLNU and beyond. That’s why we offer a holistic support system that focuses on your unique experiences, particular needs, and personal and professional goals — resulting from our deep concern for you, our student.

With a focus on authentic relationships and personalized attention, our goal is to help transform you so you can follow your calling in your own career and life.

Financial Aid and Student Support

Career Opportunities

Pursuing a teaching degree at Point Loma Nazarene University can prepare you for the following careers:

  • Elementary School Teacher
  • Middle or High School Teacher
  • Special Education Teacher

A Master of Arts in Teaching degree provides excellent preparation for people who want to teach outside the traditional classroom environment as tutors or corporate trainers, or in settings such as museums or zoo education departments.

"The PLNU Master of Arts in Teaching program is focused on preparing candidates to be educational leaders in the era of 21st century education and common core standards. Through coursework, fieldwork, and interaction with faculty in PLNU's School of Education, students will gain the knowledge and skills to empower them to provide high quality educational experiences to students and to be leaders in their schools and districts."

Kathy Caric
Special Education Program Advisor, Master of Arts in Teaching