Hufstedler School of Education Clear Education Specialist Credential

Clear Education Specialist Teaching Credential (Special Education Credential) | Mild-Moderate Disabilities | California | Online, San Francisco and Los Angeles

RENEW YOUR CREDENTIAL ONLINE AND CONTINUE YOUR CAREER AS A SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHER

The Clear Education Specialist Teaching Credential (Mild/Moderate Disabilities) is required by the state of California for all special education instructors who wish to renew their Preliminary Education Specialist Teaching Credential and continue teaching in K-12 classrooms. Teachers must elevate their preliminary credential to a clear credential within five years of issuance.

PROGRAM AT A GLANCE

  • Online coursework with portfolio and two Saturday seminars each semester
  • Completion in two semesters (Fall and Spring - 9 total months)
  • Admission each Fall and Spring semester
  • 12 total units (credential only)
  • 30 total units with optional online Master of Arts in Education with Teaching Emphasis
  • Mentoring and support at your teaching site a minimum of four times each semester
  • Use your current and past classroom work as a teacher to complete assignments
  • Set curriculum - no impacted courses or co-requisites

EARN YOUR MASTER’S IN EDUCATION WITH TEACHING EMPHASIS WITH ONLY SIX ADDITIONAL ONLINE COURSES

Earning your Master's in Education with Teaching Emphasis opens up many new avenues for career growth and earning potential, including teaching beyond the K-12 level. We encourage all teachers to consider our online Master of Arts in Education in Teaching program, providing you with enhanced instruction and expertise in teaching pedagogy and theory to help you become even more effective in the classroom. Clear Education Specialist Teaching Credential (Mild/Moderate Disabilities) candidates may complete the master's in only six additional courses (18 units)beyond the credential, completing both the Clear credential and the master's program within 12 months.

LOCATIONS OFFERED

Seminars are offered at the following campuses: San Francisco and Los Angeles

WHEN TO APPLY 

Admission is granted each Fall, Spring, and Summer on a priority and rolling admissions basis. Qualified applicants will continue to be accepted up until a semester's start date provided that space remains available.

However, we do encourage prospective students to apply by our priority deadlines and as early as possible to achieve the following: to secure program position and desired start date; to make sure any required testing may be completed in time; and to receive full consideration for all possible scholarships and financial aid opportunities.

Term            Priority Deadline           Rolling Admissions Deadline/Term Start
Spring 2015
  November 19   January 26
Summer 2015
  N/A   June 8
Fall 2015
  July 9   August 31

*Please note: Summer starts are available only for candidates dually enrolled in our online Master of Arts in Education with Teaching Emphasis program.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS     

  • Application - Apply now online
  • Admissions interview with program director
  • Two letters of recommendation from supervisors, academic instructors, volunteer coordinators or other professional and/or academic relationships                 
  • 2-4 page personal essay including autobiographical statement, professional aspirations, accomplishments and any relevant experience in teaching or working with children and adolescents, and/or within K-12 schools                
  • Official undergraduate transcripts from a regionally-accredited university (degrees in progress are acceptable) with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 (GPA exemptions may be granted)
  • Proof of Preliminary Education Specialist Credential (Mild-Moderate Disabilities)
  • $65 application fee 
  • International students: Please review Alliant's additional admission requirements for international applicants

CHOOSE AN ACCREDITED UNIVERSITY AND A CTC-APPROVED PROGRAM

The Hufstedler School of Education’s program is approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC). Alliant International University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

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