Preliminary Teaching Credential, Education Specialist

Our Education Specialist Credential program is a rigorous and specialized credential program that will prepare you to teach mild to moderate special education students. It emphasizes personal interaction integrated within the theoretical framework of social and educational justice.

The course content prepares candidates to:

Know and understand various types of disabilities and their causes

Design, adapt and differentiate instruction for students with a wide range of abilities and disabilities

Design and implement positive behavior support plans for students’ behavioral challenges

Administer and interpret a wide variety of assessment instruments for referral and progress monitoring of struggling students and students with mild to moderate disabilities.

Program Overview

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.

Institutional Report Card

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EDSP courses are offered at the Redlands campus only. EDUC courses in the pathway are offered at the Riverside, Rancho Cucamonga, and Temecula regional campuses. 

Redlands (University Campus)

Courses meet on Mondays and Wednesdays. 



Coursework & Pathways

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.

Education Specialist Pathway

Learn more about earning a Master's degree with an Education Specialist credential