Credential in Education Specialist Instruction, Mild/Moderate Disabilities

Become a Vital Ally in Your Students’ Educational Journey.

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Degree Overview


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There is a vital need for special education teachers in California’s classrooms. The Preliminary Education Specialist Teaching Credential Degree Program offered by the California School of Education (CSOE) at Alliant International University will prepare you to become a special education teacher in K-12 classrooms, as well as within other instructional settings geared for children and adults up to age 22. You will serve as a vital ally to students with mild-to-moderate disabilities and their families.

 

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What will your impact be?

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Faculty and Admissions

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Degree Highlights

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CTC Accreditation

Our program is approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing and takes you through coursework in curriculum and instruction styles—preparing you to work effectively and with diverse student groups.

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Hands-On Experience

During your time in the program, you will participate in one of two different student-teaching tracks that give you the experience you need to be a leader in the classroom from the moment you step off of our commencement stage.

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Become an Agent of Change

Heed the call to serve our children and arm yourself with the tools you need to become an agent of change, inspiration, and advocacy.

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“In my experience with Alliant it was very clear from the start that there was a commitment to education being the great equalizer—and so, I feel like I got tools through my learning at Alliant that are allowing me to become a better teacher and reach out to everyone in my classrooms.”
Evelyn Serrano
CSOE Alumna
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Degree Information


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Your Path to the Classroom

No matter who we are, we all learn a little differently. That’s why Alliant has created two routes to success in the Online Special Education Credential program. Making the most of our partnerships with schools around the area, we’ll support you in networking and finding the ideal placement for your future goals.

Student Teaching Track

During this track, you complete a 16-week, unpaid student teaching placement in at least two grade levels under the guidance of a mentor teacher. This path is optimal for studying teaching methods and preparing you for classroom application before you even start your career as a full-time teacher-of-record.

Standard Intern Teaching

Can’t go the unpaid route? No worries. The Intern Teaching Option lets you pursue your teaching certification while earning an income, meaning you assume immediate and full teaching responsibility and management of the classroom. This option works best for those coming into the program with previous classroom experience.

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The Master Plan

Often, it’s the small leaps that lead to the most growth. Take the leap by dually enrolling in our online Master of Arts in Education with Teaching Emphasis program.

How it Works: As a student in the Preliminary Online Special Education Teaching Credential program, it only takes two more courses to earn your MAE in Teaching. That’s because your Special Education coursework can be applied to your master’s. Even better, the MAE courses are all online.

Why it Works: A master’s degree helps you develop expertise in teaching and theory that you can apply in the classroom. Plus, you can create new pathways of opportunity in your career.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Degree Campus Locations


The Special Education Teaching Credential Program is only offered as an online program. Explore our online programs below.

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Why Alliant

At Alliant, our mission is to prepare students for professional careers of service and leadership and promote the discovery and application of knowledge to improve the lives of people in diverse cultures and communities around the world. Our Vision is an inclusive world empowered by Alliant alumni.

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Why CSOE

At CSOE, we believe that education is the great equalizer and are committed to preparing and empowering the next generation of educational professionals.

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