Certificate in Early Childhood Special Education

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The Certificate in Early Childhood Special Education program is intended for practitioners in human services fields, such as nursing, psychology, physical and occupational therapy, social work, speech and language therapy, who do not possess a California Education Specialist Credential. See also Education Specialist Credentials. Course substitutions may be considered by advisement for students who wish to pursue extended specialized coursework in areas such as family services, infant intervention or preschool intervention.

Admission to the Program

To be admitted, students must meet the same standards as candidates for a master’s degree program in Special Education. To apply students must hold a 3.0 minimum grade point average, submit two letters of recommendation, transcripts of all college or university level training, résumé, and a position statement documenting interest in this certificate.

Completion of the Program

  • The student must maintain a minimum of 3.0 GPA in order to continue in and complete the program.
  • An application for the internship is required by February 28 for fall semester enrollment and by September 28 for spring semester enrollment.

Written English Proficiency Requirement

Students must meet the Written English proficiency requirement by demonstrating competency on a written paper or examination.

Early Childhood Special Education, Certificate — 12 units


SPED 777Development and Learning of Young Children with Special Needs3
SPED 737Infant Intervention3
or SPED 738 Preschool Intervention
SPED 780Assessment and Program Evaluation in Early Childhood Special Education Setting3
SPED 831Internship in Special Education3