Teaching is a difficult field, requiring a delicate balance of care and competency as one serves students in the classroom. Teaching those with special needs requires even further nurturing, providing for the needs of those in our state's special education programs. Our state-certified special education credential program, the Preliminary Education Specialist Credential Program (Mild/Moderate), meets these challenges through helping educators:
Individuals with this credential are usually offered employment in an elementary classroom setting. Biola's Preliminary Education Specialist Credential Program (Mild/Moderate) at the graduate level is a non-degree program unless pursued simultaneously with the M.A. in Teaching program. View program sheet (PDF).
Our Preliminary Education Specialist Credential Program (Mild/Moderate) is fully online and can be completed in a minimum of four semesters. Candidates may begin their program in either the fall or spring semester.
We provide challenging field experiences to help connect theoretical instruction to classroom application. Our expert faculty offer quality instruction from a Christian worldview and are committed to serve you -- both academically and spiritually. The need for well-prepared and knowledgeable Special Education teachers in California is great. Our credential program can equip you to succeed.
The main elements of the program include the following:
Choose one of the following four options to meet your prerequisite coursework:
SEED 561: Issues in Special Education (3)
SEED 562: Assessment and Evaluation of Exceptional Learners (3)
SEED 563: Teaching Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities in Inclusive Settings (3)
SEED 564: Behavior and Classroom Management for Students with Special Needs (3)
SEED 583: Curriculum Design for Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities (3)
SEED 532: Diagnosis and Remediation in Reading (3)
SEED 582: Consultation, Collaboration, and Communication for the Education Specialist (3)
SEED 580: Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders (3)
SEED 584/SEED 585: Student Teaching in Special Education (6, 6)
Student Teaching is the final course in Biola's Preliminary Education Specialist Credential Program (Mild/Moderate). Students will have placements in WASC-accredited schools in lower, middle and upper grades. Biola University supervisors will mentor student teachers through regular Skype or Webex meetings and through weekly seminars.
Required Prior to Student Teaching
Please see the admission requirements page for admission information.