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Specialization in Mild/Moderate Disabilities

Lead Faculty: Dr Judith Menoher

The Specialization in Mild/Moderate is designed for educators and other professionals who want to become knowledgeable about teaching strategies to enhance individuals with mild/moderate disabilities.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Analyze the implications of characteristics of students with M/M disabilities and autism for service delivery such as placement decisions, IEP development, and instruction.
  2. Evaluate a variety of appropriate assessments procedures and communicate results in order to use evidence based strategies and the core curriculum in the development of IEP goals and instructional plans for students with M/M disabilities and autism.
  3. Maintain appropriate educational environments and positive behavioral support to include the school-wide behavior support process for students with M/M disabilities and autism.
  4. Implement effective methods for teaching reading, speaking, listening, written language, and mathematics to ensure access to the general education curriculum across instructional settings for students with M/M disabilities and autism.
  5. Exhibit collaborative case management to coordinate the IEP process and address the legal and instructional requirements based on the individual needs of the student with M/M disabilities and autism.


To receive a California Preliminary Education Specialist 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 that all 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.
Specialization Requirements (8 courses; 31.5 quarter units)
Students will need to choose from one of the following options: Internship or Student Teaching
Core Requirements (4 courses; 18 quarter units)
Core Requisite(s):
Clinical Practice Requirements
Internship Option (4 courses; 13.5 quarter units)
Core Requisite(s):
Student Teaching Option (4 courses; 13.5 quarter units)
Core Requisite(s):
Optional: For the Multiple or Single Subject Credential Requirements, please choose one of the following options. (6-8 courses; 22.5-31.5 quarter units)
Multiple Subject Credential (3 courses; 13.5 quarter units)
Single Subject Credential (3 courses; 13.5 quarter units)
Choose from one of the following options
Student Teaching Option (3 courses, 9 quarter units)
Internship Option (5 courses; 18 quarter units)
Optional: Masters in Special Education Masters in Special Education Requirements (2 courses, 9 quarter units)