Lead Faculty: Dr. Denise Hexom
The Preliminary Education Specialist Authorization Teaching Credential is designed to address both the Education Specialist Standards and the program specific standards, including the Teacher Performance Expectations and California Standards for the Teaching Profession.
For additional information on credential requirements, please see the School of Education Credential Information section of the catalog.
To receive a California Preliminary Education Specialist: Mild/Moderate, Moderate/Severe, or Deaf and Hard of Hearing, teaching credential candidates are required to successfully complete core courses, specific program (advanced) courses, and a clinical practice path to supervised teaching (student teaching or internship).
Candidates choosing the Internship option to obtain the Preliminary Education Specialist: Mild/Moderate, Moderate/Severe, or Deaf and Hard of Hearing teaching credential will need to meet the Internship Eligibility requirements.
The CTC mandates approved internship programs require a minimum of 120 hours of pre-service coursework prior to becoming the teacher of record. 4.5 quarter units are equal to 40 clock hours. These pre-service courses must be successfully completed prior to eligibility for completing the internship option.