The Special Education program allows students from a variety of academic backgrounds to pursue a minor in Special Education or the Education Specialist Credential: Mild/Moderate Disabilities. These programs include preparation in the education of culturally and linguistically diverse students with exceptional needs. The Education Specialist Credential: Mild/Moderate Disabilities authorizes candidates to teach students with specific learning disabilities, mental retardation, emotional disturbance, or other health impairments.

Elementary Emphasis

  • EDES 402 Teaching Reading in Today's Elementary Class-room (3 semester hours)
  • EDES 425 Methods in English Language Development and Specially Designed Academic Instruction in English (3 semester hours)
  • EDSS 427 Creating Effective Classrooms in Diverse Settings (3 semester hours)
  • EDES 434 Elementary Curriculum and Teaching Methods (3 semester hours)
  • EDSS 436 Creating Collaborative Partnerships (3 semester hours)
  • EDSS 475 Teaching and Assessing Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities (3 semester hours)
  • EDES 8000 Health Education (1 semester hour)

Secondary Emphasis

  • EDSP 427 Creating Effective Classrooms in Diverse Settings (3 semester hours)
  • EDES 403 Reading and Content Learning in Middle and Secondary Schools (3 semester hours)
  • EDSP 436 Creating Collaborative Partnerships (2 semester hours)
  • EDSP 475 Teaching and Assessing Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities (3 semester hours)
  • EDES 8000 Health Education (1 semester hour)

One of the following courses, depending on the credential content area emphasis:

  • EDES 485 Methods in Teaching Secondary Social Studies
  • EDES 486 Methods in Teaching Secondary English (3 semester hours)
  • EDES 487 Methods in Teaching Secondary Science (3 semester hours)
  • EDES 488 Methods in Teaching Secondary Math (3 semester hours)

Review by the Teacher Admission and Advisory Committee (TAAC):After the requirements for each section outlined above have been completed, the candidate's file will be submitted to the TAAC for review. It is the student's responsibility to ensure that all items have been received. Students will be notified of the committee's decision in writing. All documents become the property of the University and will not be released to any person or institution.

Requirements for Student Teaching

Review by the Teacher Advisory Review Committee (TARC): After the requirements for student teaching, outlined below, have been completed, the candidate will apply to TARC for review. Applications will be sub-mitted to the Academic Advisor. It is the candidate's responsibility to ensure that all items have been completed and received. The candidate will be notified of the Committee's decision in writing. All documents become the property of the University and will not be released to any person or institution.

  1. Students must clear all grades of Incomplete prior to Student Teaching.
  2. Reading Instruction Competence Assessment (RICA). It is recommend that the RICA be taken following completion of EDES 409 (Elementary Emphasis) or EDES 403 (Secondary Emphasis). Students are required to take, pass, and submit an original passing score report to the School of Education before the completion of Student Teaching.
  3. Students must complete the fieldwork application (available from the Academic Program Director) and schedule an interview with the Coordinator of Fieldwork.
  4. Enroll in EDCE 456: Direct Teaching with Culturally/Linguistically Diverse Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities (6 semester hours) and EDCE 459: Student Teaching Seminar (3 semester hours).

Application Process for the Education Specialist Credential, Mild/Moderate Disabilities

  1. Successful completion of all of the requirements outlined above.
  2. Students must submit an official transcript with the degree posted to the School of Education Credential Office.
  3. Submit the SOE Credential Application. Apply for credential to Com-mission on Teacher Credentialing, State of California (additional fee required; see website for more information).

Combined Program Requirements

Education Specialist Credential: Mild/Moderate Disabilities with the 2042 Multiple Subject/Elementary Emphasis

The 2042 Multiple Subject/Secondary Teaching Credential can be pursued concurrently with the Education Specialist Credential: Mild/Moderate Disabilities. In addition to the previously listed program sequence for the Education Specialist Credential, the following are required.

Professional Coursework

Students in the combined program will have both a general education and special education teaching placement during their student teaching.

Elementary Emphasis

  • EDES 401 Educational Psychology for the Childhood and Adolescent Years (3 semester hours)
  • EDCE 410 Elementary Directed Teaching (9 semester hours)
  • EDCE 456 Directed Teaching with Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities (3 semester hours)
  • EDCE 459 Student Teaching Seminar

Secondary Emphasis

  • EDES 401 Educational Psychology for the Childhood and Adolescent Years (3 semester hours)
  • EDCE 412 Secondary Directed Teaching (9 semester hours)
  • EDCE 456 Directed Teaching with Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities (3 semester hours)
  • EDCE 459 Student Teaching Seminar

Per Federal Regulation 34 CFR 668.43(a)(5)(v), all LMU School of Education credential/licensure programs meet the California state requirements as specified by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) and for the CA Board of Behavioral Sciences as appropriate. The institution has not made a determination as to whether these credential, licensure, and professional preparation programs meet the requirements of states outside of California. If you are interested in practicing outside the state of California, it is recommended that you contact the respective licensing entity of that state to seek information or guidance regarding their licensure and credential requirements in advance to allowing appropriate planning.