The University of California, Santa Barbara offers a Preliminary Education Specialist: Moderate/Severe Specialization. The California authorization for this Credential includes: autism; deaf-blindness; moderate to severe mental retardation; multiple disabilities; serious emotional disturbance; and authorizes service in grades K–12 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.
Teaching English Learners:
The Education Specialist Preliminary Teacher Preparation Program includes content for teaching English learners, as described in Education Code section 44259.5, that authorizes the credential holder to provide instruction for English language development in grades twelve and below, including preschool, and in classes organized for adults; and specially designed academic instruction in English within the subject area and grade level authorization of the Education Specialist Instruction Teaching Credential.
In California, the Preliminary Education Specialist: Moderate/Severe Credential Program is valid for five years. Students with the Preliminary Credential apply through a program sponsor to complete the requirements of a clear credential program through a Commission-approved Induction Program. The Induction program must be approved specifically for special education. Students have five years to complete the clear credential program and apply for their Professional Clear Credential.
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.