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Education Specialist Preliminary Credential


This preliminary credential is designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills to be an effective advocate and teacher of students with mild to moderate special education needs. Explore such key issues as cultural diversity, inclusion practices, strategic assessment, and behavioral support and intervention. Upon completion of this program, taught on our campus in San José, you will be issued a Mild to Moderate Preliminary Special Educational Credential as provided by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Successful completion is based on meeting subject matter competency, passing the U.S. Constitution exam, meeting fingerprint requirements, and successful completion of the Reading Instruction Competency Assessment (RICA) examination, if applicable. Other NHU-required examinations may apply.

You can transfer up to six units into this program.

See the admission requirements.

Completion Requirements

  • 10 courses (43 units) taken consecutively
    • Prerequisite Courses (5 units)
    • General Requirements (18 units)
    • Core Requirements (15 units)
    • 6 weeks each
    • 2 evenings per week
Prerequisite Courses
EDU 508 Educational Foundations 3
EDU 531 Computer Technology for Teaching and Learning I 2

General Requirement Courses
EDU 515 Cultural Diversity in the Classroom 3
EDU 516 Classroom Field Experience and Seminar 1
EDU 520 Second Language Learners 3
EDU 530 Methods: Language Arts and Reading Curriculum and Instruction 6
EDU 550 Teaching Health Education 2
EDU 551 Inclusive Education Practices 3

Core Requirement Courses
SPED 500 Assessment and Instructional Planning 2
SPED 501 Behavioral Management and Intervention 3
SPED 502 Curriculum and Instruction Adaptations 3
SPED 503 Teaching Mild to Moderate Students 3
EDU 555 Student Teaching Practicum 4

We also offer an intern credential and the additional credential programs you'll need to move ahead in your career as an educator.

For more information about these programs, please call 1-877-584-6648 and speak to one of our enrollment advisors.