Special Education Credentials
The University of California, Santa Barbara offers a Preliminary Level I Education Specialist: Moderate/Severe Credential. The California authorization for this Credential includes: autism, deaf-blindness, moderate to severe mental retardation, multiple disabilities, and serious emotional disturbance and authorizes serving individuals in kindergarten, grades one through twelve, and in classes organized primarily for adults through age 22. The Credential authorizes teaching in the area of specialization listed on the credential in Special Day Classes, special schools, home/hospital settings, correctional facilities, non-public school and agencies, and resource rooms.
In California, the Education Specialist: Moderate/Severe Level I Credential Program is the first of a two-tier credential structure. Students who complete all requirements with an offer of employment are recommended by UCSB for the Preliminary Level I Moderate/Severe Credential valid for five years. Then during their first year of employment students enroll in a Level II Education Specialist: Moderate/Severe Credential Program. Students have five years to complete the Level II Program and apply for their Professional Clear Credential.
Certificate of Eligibility:
Students who complete the Level I Program without an offer of employment will be recommended for Certificate of Eligibility. The Certificate has no expiration date and authorizes candidates to seek employment in their field of specialization.
At UCSB, the Moderate/Severe Credential Program is offered concurrently with an optional Master’s Degree in Education (M.Ed.). The M.Ed. is a professional degree for students planning on a career in schools. The M.Ed. Portfolio Project is an inquiry exploring a self-selected essential issue in education. The Moderate/Severe Credential/Master’s Degree is a post-baccalaureate program. Applicants must have the bachelor’s degree awarded by the time the program begins in June.
The Moderate/Severe Credential is a one-year full-time program beginning in June and concluding the following June. The Master’s Degree continues into the second summer and ends in July/August. Students unable to complete the M.Ed. in summer have four years to return to complete the M.Ed requirements.