Preliminary Education Specialist Credential in Moderate Support Needs - (formerly Mild Moderate)

The program prepares individuals seeking teacher certification to work with students who have Moderate Support Needs (MSN), including learning disabilities, English language learners with language/learning disabilities, emotional disturbances, speech and language disabilities, autism, visual or auditory processing difficulties, and mild intellectual disabilities. The Moderate Support Needs program provides instruction and applied experiences in legal issues, psychoeducational assessment, data-based decision making, instructional programming, behavior management, and collaboration and co-teaching among general and special educators. Credential candidates learn to develop close relationships with students and apply specialized techniques in numerous educational settings.

Moderate Support Needs (MSN) Special Education Credential Coursework

Category I: Core Courses

Course # Course Title Units
SPED 788 Law, Ethics, Collaboration, Technology & Instructional Planning 3
SPED 801 Development, Diversity and English-Language Learners (SPED 788, SPED 770 prerequisites) 3
SPED 774 Positive Behavior Support 3
SPED 763 Transition Planning for Students with Disabilities 3
SPED 791 Nature of Autism Spectrum Disorder; or SPED 825 3
 or  SPED 825 Behavior and Instructional Supports: Autism  
Health Edcuation Elementary School Health (e.g. H ED 630/635 - offered through Continuing Education CEL) or approved course substitution 3
E ED 784 Curriculum and Instruction in Mathematics (Not required if student possesses California Multiple Subject or Single Subject Credential) 3
E ED 882 Literacy Instruction K-12 (Not required if student possesses California Multiple Subject or Single Subject Credential) 3

Category II: Method Courses

Course # Course Title Units
SPED 770 Mild / Moderate Disabilities 3
SPED 772 Assessment, Curriculum and Instruction 3
SPED 775 Mild/Moderate Disabilities: Advanced Methods 3
SPED 778 Advanced Literacy & Instruction 3

Category III: Student Teaching
(Students apply the semester prior to their student teaching semester for approval, see instructions, and students enroll full time for a minimum of 12 units during semester of student teaching)

Course # Course Title Units
SPED 726 Student Teaching Workshop - Moderate Support Needs 3
SPED 730 Student Teaching in Special Education 9
  Total Units 48
Additional CTC requirements for Preliminary Education Specialist Credential
  • CPR (online course not acceptable) - must cover infant, child and adult CPR
  • U.S. Constitution Requirement
  • RICA Test (Reading Instruction Competence Assessment)