Special Education

Credential Programs

The Spring 2020 application deadline is December 1, 2019 at midnight.
The Fall 2020 application deadline is July 1, 2020 at midnight.

The Department of Special Education at CSUN offers Preliminary Education Specialist credentials in four specialization areas: Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Early Childhood Special Education, Mild-Moderate Disabilities and Moderate-Severe Disabilities.

  • Preliminary Deaf and Hard of Hearing Credential (DHH) authorizes the provisions of services to individuals from birth to age 22 who are deaf or hard of hearing.
  • Preliminary Early Childhood Special Education Credential (ECSE) authorizes the provision of services to children birth through pre-kindergarten who are eligible for early intervention, special education and/or related services.
  • Preliminary Mild-Moderate Disabilities Credential (MM) authorizes the provision of services to individuals from kindergarten to age 22 who have mild-moderate disabilities including autism, other health impairments, emotional disturbances, intellectual and specific learning disabilities.
  • Preliminary Moderate-Severe Disabilities Credential (MS) authorizes the provision of services to individuals from kindergarten to age 22 who have moderate-severe disabilities including autism, intellectual disabilities, deaf-blindness, emotional disturbances, and multiple disabilities.

Multiple Pathways to a Credential

Within specialization areas the Department offers multiple pathways to pursue a Preliminary Education Specialist Credential. Coursework in all pathways is scheduled late afternoon/evening or on-line.

  • Traditional Program, a post BA degree program designed to be self-paced with flexible scheduling. (Available for DHH, ECSE, MM, MS credentials)
  • Intern Program, post BA degree two-year program designed for teachers who are eligible for an intern credential and are hired in a cooperating school district. (Available for DHH, ECSE, MM, MS credentials)
  • Accelerated Collaborative Teacher (ACT) Program (available for MM credentials only), a post BA degree full time two- semester program offered collaboratively with the Los Angeles Unified School District (fall admission only). (Available for MM, MS credentials)
  • Integrated Teacher Education Program (ITEP) (MM, MS), undergraduate program with candidates beginning as freshmen or entering the two-year option as transfer students. Candidates earn their credential and a BA degree in Liberal Studies concurrently.

The Department of Special Education at CSUN offers the Teacher Induction Education Specialist Credential for candidates who hold a Preliminary Education Specialist Credential.

The Department of Special Education at CSUN offers three Added Authorizations to Special Education Credentials:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Resource Specialist