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2018-2019 University Catalog 
2018-2019 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Early Childhood Special Education Authorization

This fifth-year professional certificate program is designed to meet the standards and competencies adopted by California’s Commission on Teacher Credentialing. This two-semester program provides professional training to enable students to teach in Early Childhood Special Education programs for children with special needs ages birth through five years.

Note: Only nine units of graduate-level coursework from another institution can be petitioned to fulfill equivalent course requirements in the certificate program and this certificate can only be added to a clear credential.


  • Baccalaureate degree in an interdisciplinary field related to Special Education (e.g., Child and Adolescent Development, Nursing, Human Services, Psychology, Kinesiology and degree programs with Adapted Physical Education emphases, etc.)
  • Minimum grade-point-average of 2.75
  • Background knowledge in typical child development and experience with young children
  • Met all Department prerequisites described in this catalog
  • Verification of a clear Education Specialist level II Credential

Study Plan


The nine elective units must meet the following criteria: (1) courses will have to diversify and expand upon the student’s previous higher education coursework or degree program; and (2) all selected coursework will have to be approved by the student’s program adviser.