Education Specialist Credential in Moderate to Severe Disabilities

Purpose of the program

Purpose of the program

The purpose of the Education Specialist Credential in Moderate/Severe Disabilities program is to prepare teachers to become (1) a highly trained teacher providing individualized education in the areas of educational needs, behaviors, communication, and functional skills utilizing the evidence based educational strategies; (2) an effective team member collaborating with parents, related service professionals, para-educators, general education teachers, and administrators; and (3) a proactive advocate protecting the educational right of students with moderate/severe disabilities from multicultural/multilingual backgrounds.

Professional Commitments, Disposition, and Values

Graduates of the Education Specialist Credential in the Moderate/Severe Disabilities will develop a commitment to optimizing the education outcomes for students with moderate/severe disabilities at all levels. Candidates of this program will be aware of the important evidence-based teaching strategies for students with disabilities, the various roles and functions of professionals in special education, and the impact of cultural diversity on education. To ensure quality education for students with moderate/severe disabilities, they must be able (1) to assess individual educational needs, (2) to provide evidence-based instruction, (3) to build collaboration, (4) to promote parent participation, and (5) to evaluate the effectiveness of current educational practices.

Career Options

The Education Specialist Instruction Credential: Moderate/Severe Disabilities authorizes the holder to conduct assessments, provide instruction, and special education related services to individuals with a primary disability of autism, moderate/severe mental retardation, deaf-blind, emotional disturbance, and multiple disabilities, in kindergarten, grades 1 through 12 to age 22, and classes organized primarily for adults in services across the continuum of program options available.


Education Specialist Credential in Moderate/Severe Disabilities