This program prepares candidates to teach mild to moderate disability special education students in special day classes, special schools, home/hospital settings, correctional facilities, non-public schools and agencies, and resource rooms.
This rigorous, specialized program emphasizes personal interaction integrated within the theoretical framework of social and educational justice. It finds its firm foundation in the School of Education’s mission to strive for educational equity and access for all students.
Combined coursework and fieldwork experiences are taken concurrently from the beginning of the program and require students to think critically and reflectively about the theory-to-practice continuum. The curriculum prepares candidates to support individuals with the following disabilities:
The University of Redlands provides small class sizes and one-on-one interaction with faculty, fostering the development of interpersonal skills and overall academic success. School of Education professors care deeply about their students, supporting each individual in reaching their potential.
Students learn in a well-mentored cohort group and receive classroom training and field experiences that accentuate coursework and case studies. This close-knit community setting builds confidence and tactical teaching skills in order to be compassionate, effective special education teachers.
Furthermore, credential courses are offered in the evenings, and online increasing access to this transformative program for students of all backgrounds.
A Special Education Teaching Credential can be obtained by students seeking only the credential as well as those pursuing the Master’s in Education: Learning and Teaching degree, providing two pathways to tailor to individual professional goals.
The Special Education Mild to Moderate Support Needs (MMSN) Teaching Credential program is accredited by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC).
Review the most recent Title II Annual Institutional Report Card and passage rates for the various programs offered in the state of California.
Important Deadline Information: Please refer to the Application and Enrollment Calendar for deadlines.
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.
Teacher candidates have two options for fulfilling the fieldwork requirement.
During student teaching, teacher candidates will be paired with a cooperating teacher in one of our partnered school districts, full-time for 14 weeks. Student teachers are supported by a university program supervisor.
Interested students may be eligible for a teaching internship to fulfill their fieldwork experience. To intern, the student will obtain employment as a full-time employee of a public school district or charter school with a classroom of their own. The University of Redlands will oversee the student for at least 14 weeks in this position. Students must be prepared to take on this immense responsibility and it is only recommended to those who have prior teaching experience. Interns are supported by a district-assigned mentor teacher and a university program supervisor.
The School of Education’s teacher residency pathway is designed to provide aspiring teachers with a high-quality practical experience while working towards a California teaching credential.
The coursework and field experience segments of the Preliminary Teacher Credential program are delivered in a prescribed sequence. For course descriptions, please view the most recent university catalog.