Graduate School of Education

Preliminary Education Specialist Credential w/Master's option

Mild/Moderate and Moderate/Severe Specialties

Program Overview

As today's schools, academic programs and educational requirements become more complex, the needs of special education students continue to be individualized and comprehensive.

CLU's credential programs in special education blend theoretical instruction with opportunities for the practical application of knowledge, offering you an ideal avenue for heightened effectiveness.

Upon completion of the program, candidates will be eligible for the Preliminary Education Specialist Credential with either a Mild/Moderate or a Moderate/Severe specialty offered by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Coursework taken at the graduate level applies toward the master's degree.

Program Highlights

Candidates in the Special Education credential programs benefit from an integration of theoretical knowledge with an abundance of opportunities for practical application in meaningful settings.

The credential programs feature specialized tracks in Mild to Moderate (M/M) and Moderate to Severe (M/S) disabilities, and are distinct from similar programs in the region due to the extensive personal support and empowerment training. Classes rarely exceed 20 students, and the faculty is comprised of highly regarded professional practitioners in the field.

Candidates who meet the Internship Credential requirements may complete their program under the internship option.

Fall admission is July 1st (April 1st is Fall Admission deadline for Cal Lutheran Undergraduate Students with Foundations Courses completed)

Spring admission is November 1st

Summer admission is April 1st

Currently Accepting Applications for Fall 2015

Admission Requirements

  1. Checklist
  2. Completed Application Form
  3. $50.00 Application Fee (please make checks payable to CLU)
  4. Appointment with Admission Counselor
  5. Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  6. Personal Statement
  7. Recommendation Form
  8. Petition to Waive the GRE or GRE Scores (Master's degree applicants only)
  9. State issued Certificate of Clearance
  10. Current negative TB test

Application Process

Apply Online

Interested individuals are encouraged to make an appointment to meet with a Graduate Admission Counselor to review specific program information, admission requirements, start terms, deadline dates, and review financial aid options.

Please call (805) 493–3335 to schedule an appointment to meet with a Graduate Admission Counselor or to request information.