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Touro University offers the Education Specialist Teaching Credential.  In general, the teacher preparation program at Touro University’s Graduate SchoolGraduate School of Education integrates coursework and clinical field experiences, including supervised teaching, into comprehensive instructional blocks. During the completion of the instructional blocks, candidates have opportunities to build and demonstrate their knowledge, skills, and abilities in the domains essential to effective teaching and to develop their professional identity.

All teacher credential candidates demonstrate their abilities and competencies by completing a portfolio which includes assignments, position papers, reflection papers, supervised teaching evaluations, and classroom materials developed throughout the preparation program. The portfolio is evaluated by the candidate's advisor prior to recommendation for the Education Specialist/Special Education Teaching Credential.

Requirements for an Education Specialist
Preliminary Teaching Credential

The teacher candidate provides all documents necessary to verify completion of requirements. The Touro University Graduate School of Education recommends the candidate for a credential. The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) issues the preliminary credential, valid for five years. Students must complete a Clear Credential (Level II) program during that time period.

Prior to admission to Touro’s Education Specialist Preliminary Credential Program:

  1. Complete a baccalaureate or higher degree from a regionally accredited college or university.

  2. Prior to supervised teaching (student teaching or intern teaching):

  3. -Pass California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST).

  4. -Show competency in the principles of the U.S. Constitution. Options include completing a course or passing an exam given by a regionally accredited college or university in the provisions and principles of the U.S. Constitution, with a grade of “C” or higher.

  5. -Verify subject matter knowledge. Options include passing the California Standards Examination for Teachers (CSET) or securing a letter from a university verifying completion of a CCTC-approved subject matter program.

  6. -Verify negative results of tuberculosis (TB) examination

  7. Prior to filing for credential:

  8. -Pass Reading Instruction Competence Assessment (RICA)

  9. -Complete exit interview with advisor after completing Preliminary Credential requirements.

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Course Sequence

Preliminary Mild/Moderate Disabilities and/or Moderate/Severe Disabilities - 36 units

EDU 770: Educational Psychology & Classroom Management (3 units)

EDU 771: Teaching Diverse Learners (3 units)

EDU 772: Elementary Literacy & Planning Instruction (3 units)

Teacher Candidates are Intern Eligible after completing these 3 introductory courses (must have CBEST, US Constitution, and Subject Matter Competence)

EDU 718:  Inclusive School Environments for all Learners (3 units)

SEPS 701: Special Education – Students, Classrooms and Programs(3 units)

SEPS 711 - Transition from School to Adult Life (3 units)

SEPS 791: Positive Behavior Supports (3 units)

                Prerequisites: EDU 718 and SEPS 701

SEPS 792: Assessment and the IEP Process (3 units)

                Prerequisites: EDU 718 and SEPS 701

SEPS 793: Instruction of Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities (3 units)

                Prerequisites: EDU 718 and SEPS 701


SEPS 794: Instruction of Students with Moderate/Severe Disabilities

                Prerequisites: EDU 718 and SEPS 701 (3 units)

EDU 781C: Student Teaching Seminar MIld/Moderate 9 units  and/or

EDU 781D: Student Teaching Seminar Moderate/Sever

                Prerequisite: None: EDU 780 is not a prerequisite for Education
                Specialist Candidates

Clear Mild/Moderate Disabilities and/or Moderate/Severe Disabilities.

The Graduate School of Education offers the Education Specialist Professional Level II Credential in Mild/Moderate Disabilities and/or Moderate/Severe Disabilities. Students must hold a valid Level I credential to enter Level II. The Level II credential is 11 units. Students can complete a Masters of Arts with an Emphasis in Education in conjunction with or after completing Level II.

Level II Courses (12 units total)

SEPS 707 - Education Specialist Induction Plan and Implementation (3 units)


SEPS 708 - Advanced Studies in Mild/Moderate Disabilities(3 units)
                 (Mild/Moderate Disabilities candidates only)


SEPS 709 - Advanced Studies in Moderate/Severe Disabilities(3 units)
                 (Moderate/Severe Disabilities candidates only)

Plus One Elective from These Courses (all are 3 units)

SEPS 710 - Advanced Intervention in Classroom and School Supports
                 (3 units)

SEPS 711 - Transition from School to Adult Life 

ED 607 - Law, Ethics & Special Education

EDU 700 - Educational Equity for All Students

EDU 717 - Cultural Issues and Competence in Educational Pedagogy

EDU 773 - Secondary Literacy and Planning Instruction

EDU 774 - Curriculum & Instruction Methods 1: ElementaryLanguage Arts, Social Studies, Visual & Performing Arts

EDU 775 - Curriculum & Instruction Methods 1: Secondary

EDU 776 - Curriculum & Instruction Methods 2: Elementary Math, Science (Health & PE)

EDU 777 - Curriculum & Instruction Methods 2: Secondary

EDU 778 - Advanced Elementary Literacy Instruction

EDU 779 - Advanced Secondary Literacy in the Content Areas

EDU 782 - Cultivating Community: Advocacy in Urban Education


Special Education Credentials

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Education Specialist
Level I

MAEd in Autism Spectrum Disorder

Education Specialist
Level II

MAEd in Special Education

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