The educational specialist teacher credential prepares candidates to teach students with disabilities that include specific learning disabilities, mild to moderate intellectual disability, attention deficit and attention deficit hyperactivity disorders, and serious emotional disturbance, for grades K-12, as well as in Adult Education.
This credentialing program requires students to complete 75 quarter units, more units than other programs in the area. These units are used to determine your salary when you are hired for a teaching position, placing you higher up on the district’s salary schedule.
The Education Department is committed to exemplary practices and believes in an interdisciplinary approach. When you peruse our course offerings you will find the arts, music, physical education, social studies, language arts and reading, mathematics, science, conflict resolution, classroom management, child development, health, language development and the history of education. Students leave well prepared to teach the entire curriculum. This course of study has been approved by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing.
This credentialing program is offered by AU Los Angeles.
The Education Specialist Mild/Moderate is designed to be completed in a 12-month period and is full-time. Students attend classes on Monday and Thursday evenings from 4pm – 10pm, and participate in novice teaching for 2 quarters, or 20 weeks (10 weeks each quarter). Placements are made by the University and are sensitive to the geographic considerations of the student.
Candidates are placed in schools each of the 4 quarters, beginning with 10 hours of observation in the first quarter, followed by 10 days for the second quarter, and half-time field experiences for quarter 3, and full-time novice teaching for quarter 4. For those who are already school aides or teachers, your school might be a possible site for the novice teaching experience. Check with the Department for approval.
Quarter 1: Connecting
Systems: TEP 5360: Foundations of Social Justice Education
Access: TEP 5440: Child Development and Learning
Communication: TEP 5450: Language Development and Acquisition
Integration and Currency: TEP 5100: Science: Discovery Teaching, Action Learning
Quarter 2: Designing
Systems: TEP 5330: Field Practicum and TEP 5650: Adaptation Pedagogy
Access: TEP 6010A: TEP 6010A: Social and Legal Dimensions of Special Education, TEP 6010B: Teaching and Accommodating Students with Disabilities, and TESE 5410: Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders
Communication: TESE 6010B: Individualized Education Design and Policy Implementation
Integration and Currency: TEP 5070: Real World Math
Quarter 3: Evaluating
Systems: TEP/TESE 5120: Student Teaching with Proseminar
Access: TESE 5160: Understanding and Teaching Students with M/M Disabilities I and TESE 5380: Comprehensive Behavior Assessment and Positive Behavior Support
Communication: TEP 5050: Reading Instruction in Elementary School Classrooms
Integration and Currency: TESE 5090: Assessment in Special Education
Quarter 4: Reflecting
Systems: TEP/TESE 5150: Student Teaching with Proseminar
Access: TESE 5170: Understanding and Teaching Students with M/M Disabilities II and TESE 5180: Family Dynamics and Communication for Special Education Services
Communication: TEP 5370: Mediation and Conflict
Integration and Currency: TEP 6020: Advocating for Healthy Children and TEP 5250: Physical Education and Movement
CBEST and CSET Requirements
- The CBEST must be passed by the end of the first quarter
- 2 sections of the CSET passed by the end of the second quarter
- 3rd section of the CSET passed by the end of the third quarter
Please review the registration deadlines and test dates as the CBEST is offered a limited number of times each year. For more information about the CBEST, visit cbest.nesinc.com.
Please note that all students who earn a California Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential MUST pass both the CBEST and CSET.
How to Apply to Preliminary Multiple Subject or Education Specialist Mild/Moderate Credentials
- Complete the Online Application.
- Send in official transcript indicating Bachelor’s degree conferral from a regionally accredited college or university. Requested copy of official transcripts must be sent directly to the Admissions Office at Antioch University Los Angeles from the institution from which you received your accredited bachelor’s degree. A student copy of a transcript may be submitted with your application, but official transcripts are required upon admission.
Please submit all materials to: Admissions Office, 400 Corporate Pointe, Culver City, CA 90230. All application materials submitted become part of an applicant’s file and cannot be returned.
Admission to the education department will be determined by a personal one-on-one interview with the Department Chair which allows the applicant the opportunity to share their particular interests and qualifications.
|Quarter||International Application*||Priority Application**||Final Application***||Classes Begin|
|Spring 2019||January 22, 2019||January 22, 2019||Applications accepted until seats have been filled.||April 1, 2019|
|Summer 2019||Apr 22, 2019||Apr 22, 2019||Applications accepted until seats have been filled.||Jul 1, 2019|
|Fall 2019||Jul 22, 2019||Jul 22, 2019||Applications accepted until seats have been filled.||Sep 30, 2019|
|Winter 2020||Oct 21, 2019||Oct 21, 2019||Applications accepted until seats have been filled.||Jan 6, 2020|
*In addition to satisfying AULA’s admission requirements for a specific academic program, International Students have additional, general requirements that must be met for admission.
***All application requirements (all unofficial or official transcripts, admissions essay(s) or program specific requirements) must be submitted at the time of final application deadline
|Preliminary Multiple Subject and Education Specialist Mild/Moderate Teacher Credentialing|
|Tuition per quarter|
|First Quarter (half-time)||$4,326|
|Second, Third and Fourth Quarter (full-time)||$7,210|
Please note: Additional fees for all AULA programs may include (but are not necessarily limited to) charges for materials, late registration, enrollment maintenance, parking, graduation, transcripts, tuition payment plan, late payments, late registration, and returned checks.
A majority of AULA students finance their education through some form of financial aid. You may not be sure which federal, state, public and private aid packages – such as loans, scholarships, and grants—are right for you. Our staff is here to help you, so you can focus on what’s most important: beginning your academic program at AULA.