To teach special education in California, you must have the Education Specialist Instruction Credential. It authorizes the holder to teach in the area of specialization and in a variety of settings listed on the credential. School districts may also look for other related qualifications and experience.
To obtain a Preliminary Education Specialist Instruction Credential, valid for five-years, the following requirements must be met
To obtain a Clear Education Specialist Instruction Credential, you must complete one of the following options before the Preliminary Credential expires
An Intern Program Is an alternative path to a preliminary credential.
If you have a baccalaureate degree and have met other requirements, you may be eligible for an Intern program While you complete the necessary coursework and are employed As a special education teacher at the same time. Our Find the Right Preparation Program page identifies California specific information you should know prior to selecting an Intern teacher preparation program.
Learn more. Read our Teach Special Education brochure for more insights.