Education Specialist (Special Ed)

Teacher and student

The Education Specialist Credential Program at CSU Stanislaus
Mild/Moderate and Moderate/Severe Teaching Credentials

The Education Specialist Credential Program (ESCP) is excited to support your goal of becoming a k-12 teacher. Our unique program provides a combination of in-class and in-school instruction and clinical practice that will provide future teachers with both theoretical and practical knowledge to create learning environments that celebrate diversity, foster success for all learners, and commend effort. The field of Special Education is a growing field that needs teacher candidates who are committed to lifelong learning in both their students and themselves.

The ESCP at CSU Stanislaus infuses curricular, instructional, and behavioral expertise so that teacher candidates are prepared to meet the needs of their k-12+ students. A wide variety of inclusive and specialized supports will be embedded into each credential course that will allow teacher candidates to enhance the lives of individuals with disabilities and their families.

Currently, California State University, Stanislaus is authorized to recommend individuals for a Preliminary Education Specialist Credential in two areas: Mild/Moderate Disabilities and Moderate/Severe Disabilities. Teacher candidates also have an option of receiving dual credentials with concurrent enrollment in both the Education Specialist (M/M or M/S) and Multiple Subject Credential Programs. Contact the program coordinator for more information.

COVID 19 & Campus Updates

Basic Skills Requirement: NEW Options 

The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing recently announced that the Basic Skills Requirement (CBEST) and Subject Matter Competency (CSET) may now be met by Commission-approved coursework. 

(NEW) Basic Skills Requirement (BSR) Form available at Credential Services.
(NEW) Subject Matter Competency (SMC) Forms available at Credential Services.

Credential Program Information

Spring 2023 Application Period:
​August 22nd - Sept. 30th, 2022

Spring 2023 Interview Date:

Application Materials

Spring 2023 ESCP Application

Application Guide and Instructions 
Application Forms
Preparation Resources for CBEST & CSET

FREE access to CTC exam prep

Helpful Links

Academic Catalog - ESCP

Mild/Mod Disabilities Credential
Mod/Severe Disabilities Credential 

Concurrent Option - Mild/Mod & MSCP Credential
Concurrent Option - Mod/Severe & MSCP Credential

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Student Teaching 

ESCP Fieldwork Information

Residency Pathway

Are you interested in pursuing a rewarding career as a special education teacher? Then the Stan State Warriors Teach! Residency Pathway might be for you. Engage in clinical training while completing the credential program in a year. Have your tuition fully covered as a year-long resident. Watch this video below Or the PowerPoint below!