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Michael D. Eisner College of Education

special education

(birth-grade 12)

Preliminary Credential | Clear Credential | ASLPI | Master Degree | Faculty in Deaf Ed.


The Education Specialist Credential in DHH is typically 49 units. All of our courses within the DHH Specialization are offered in the afternoons and evenings. The program begins with coursework in Special Education and General Education methods. Following that foundational coursework, students begin taking classes in the DHH Specialization area.

The Credential Office at CSUN provides a variety of services for people interested in obtaining credential information. While the faculty in DHH do the advising for DHH credential students, admission to the credential program begins with an application through the Credential Preparation Office. Forms and guidelines are available on their website. View that website for important information about admission criteria, dates of tests, and other frequently asked questions.


*Please obtain ADVISING from Faculty in Deaf Education PRIOR TO ENROLLING IN COURSEWORK This list does not serve as a Program Plan and does not include additional credential requirements.

Special Education Core courses (15 units)

SPED 400 Developmental Differences and Implications in SPED (3)
SPED 402 Behavioral Assessment and Positive Behavioral Supports (3)
SPED 406 K-12 Literacy Instruction for Diverse Learners with Disabilities (3)
SPED 416 Educating Diverse Learners with Disabilities and Working with Their Families (3)
SPED 420 Improving the Learning of Students with Special Needs through Differentiated Instruction and Collaboration (3)

General Education methods (3 units)

EED 565M Mathematics Curriculum & Methods (3) - OR-
SED 525 Methods of Teaching Single Subject (3)

DHH Specialization courses (25 units)

SPED 403D Early Field Experience: DHH OR SPED 506D Intern Field Experience (3)
SPED 504D Foundations of Deaf Education (3)
SPED 560 Development & Assessment of Language in DHH Students (3)
SPED 561D Teaching Reading to DHH Students (3)
SPED 565 Teaching Written English to DHH Students (3)
SPED 563 Audiology & Spoken English Development for Teachers of DHH Students (4)
SPED 566D Curriculum & Instruction for DHH Students (3)
SPED 567 Teaching DHH Students with Special Needs (3)

Student teaching

SPED 580D (6) Student Teaching in DHH OR SPED 506D (9) Intern Fieldwork


CSET (California Subject Examinations for Teachers) - multiple subject exam & writing skills exam
RICA (Reading Instruction Competence Assessment)
ASLPI (American Sign Language Proficiency Interview)

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