The Education Specialist programs are rigorous and specialized, preparing students to teach mild to moderate disability special education students. The Education Specialist Credential can be completed in 11 months, while the Master of Arts in Education: Learning and Teaching, which includes the Education Specialist Credential, can be completed in 16 months.
These programs emphasize personal interaction integrated within the theoretical framework of social and educational justice. The Education Specialist Credential authorizes the holder to teach mild to moderate disability special education students in the following settings: special day classes, special schools, home/hospital settings, correctional facilities, non-public schools and agencies, and resource rooms.
Unlike the crowded classrooms at public universities, the University of Redlands Education Specialist programs provide small class sizes, one-on-one interaction, and the development of interpersonal skills. University of Redlands professors are interested in seeing all students reach their potential—and that includes our own teacher candidates.
Candidates take coursework and engage in field experiences concurrently from the very beginning of the program. The course content prepares candidates to:
The combined coursework and fieldwork experiences require candidates to think critically and reflectively about the theory-to-practice continuum.
The capstone experience in this program consists of an intensive student teaching experience in a special education classroom or setting, plus the presentation of a summative portfolio of assignments and case studies to address the Teacher Performance Expectations (TPE) required by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC).
In line with CTC and State policy, The University of Redlands will consider the admission of applicants who have not yet passed the CBEST if they are registered to take the test on a date before or during their first semester of School of Education classes.*
*CBEST deferral is not available for applicants who have previously attempted all three subsets of the CBEST but been unsuccessful in passing on or more of those subsets.
Individuals may satisfy the basic skills requirement by one of the following methods:
The School of Education's innovative teacher preparation programs are accredited by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC). Credential courses are offered in the evenings, with access for individuals of different backgrounds.
The student-teaching requirement is a 14-week, full-time (5 days a week) commitment. Student Teaching consists of an approved public school placement.
Students are supervised by both a master teacher at the school site and University of Redlands’ supervisor.
The School of Education also offers an 18-week, supervised internship program to qualified candidates employed in the traditional public school settings. A separate, mid-program, qualifying application process is required for internship.
Click here to view the most recent Title II Annual Institutional Report Card and passage rates for the various programs offered in the state of California.
The Education Specialist Teaching Credential program is taught in an intimate setting, where you will learn in a well-mentored cohort group and receive classroom training, case study work and field experience in the area of special education. A rigorous and specialized program, this 11-month experience will prepare you to teach mild to moderate special education students.