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Education Specialist Credential

Our nationally accredited program prepares candidates to teach students with disabilities in diverse classrooms and inclusive settings. 

Program Options

At Fresno State we can tailor your credential program to your specific interests and needs. We offer multiple options to pursue your Education Specialist credential:

Education Specialist (Special Education) Teaching Credential

The Education Specialist Credential authorizes the holder to teach students with mild/moderate or moderate/severe disabilities (grades TK-age 22) in public or private school programs, clinics, special schools, resource classrooms, educational programs, residential facilities, hospitals, and other agencies serving persons with disabilities.

In addition, we offer a unique program that includes the Special Education Professional Clear advanced credential and a Master of Arts in Special Education in one streamlined program. Our accredited program prepares teacher candidates through required coursework and fieldwork to teach in special education classrooms and inclusive settings. 

Dual Credential (Special Education + Multiple Subject)

Earn your Education Specialist and Multiple Subject credentials simultaneously. Some of the courses are required for both credentials and specialized dual student teaching placements are used. Apply through the Multiple Subject credential application.

Obtaining the Education Specialist Credential If Holding a California Multiple Subject or Single Subject Credential

If you have a California-approved Single Subject or Multiple Subject credential, you may earn the stand-alone Education Specialist credential in a streamlined pathway. You may select your emphasis in Mild/Moderate or Moderate/Severe.

The length of time for completion of the program depends on whether you attend full-time or part-time. Prior to application, you would need to have your transcripts reviewed by the Coordinator to determine the courses that may have already been met for the Education Specialist credential.

Master of Arts in Special Education and an Education Specialist Credential

We offer a unique program that includes the Special Education Professional Clear advanced credential and a Master of Arts in Special Education in one streamlined program. Learn more here.

Teacher Internship Program

If you would like to work toward earning your Education Specialist or Dual credential while teaching in your own classroom, you may qualify for the Teacher Internship Program. For more information, click here.

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