ACT-R is committed to preparing the highest quality special educators, teachers who are able to assume leadership roles and serve as change agents in high need schools. With a focused purpose to improve student outcomes, ACT-R graduates will promote educational equity for English learners and children, adolescents, and young adults with special needs.


ACT-R is accepting applications during the summer of 2014 until spaces are filled in the following specializations: mild/moderate disabilities, moderate/severe disabilities, deaf/hard of hearing, and early childhood special education.

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ACT-R is a combined 24 month Credential/Master’s Degree Program offered collaboratively by California State University, Northridge (CSUN) and the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). The program prepares teachers to serve students with disabilities in high-need schools. Candidates obtain a credential in one year through full-time study as a teacher in residence. In the second year of the program, graduates are employed in LAUSD and complete their Master’s Degree while on-the-job. With an additional semester, candidates may obtain an Education Specialist Clear Credential.  Candidates in ACT-R are eligible for a stipend of up to $35,000 through a Teacher Quality Partnership Grant, funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Why Join the ACT-R Special Education Program?

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Eligibility Requirements for ACT-R Participants

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ACT-R is accepting applications from January 21, 2014-May 19, 2014.