Continue Your Special Education Teaching Career

The Clear Education Specialist Teaching Credential (Mild/Moderate Disabilities) is required by the state of California for all beginning special education teachers who wish to continue teaching in K-12 classrooms. The Preliminary Education Specialist Teaching Credential, which is valid for 5 years, cannot be renewed and therefore must be upgraded to a clear credential within 5 years of issuance.

Program Overview

  • Fully online teacher credential program allows all coursework and assignments to be completed online
  • Program can be completed in four eight-week terms
  • 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
  • California Commission on Teacher Credentialing-Approved program

Earn a Master’s with Only Six Additional Online Courses

Earning your Master’s in Education 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, which offers 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 online Master’s in Education only six additional courses (18 units) beyond the credential, completing both the special education credential and the Master’s program within 12 months.

When to Apply

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

We encourage prospective students to apply 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.

Admission Requirements

  • Application
  • 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