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Special Education Program
Benerd School of Education
Christina Rusk
Program Coordinator


Benerd College
For Degree and Credentialing: 209.946.2683 For Professional Development: 209.946.2424 For Sacramento Programs: 916.340.6155

3601 Pacific Ave. Stockton, CA 95211
3200 Fifth Ave. Sacramento, CA 95817

Special Education Credential

An Education Specialist Credential authorizes the holder to teach children with special needs at the elementary and secondary level. The Education Specialist Credentials for Mild/Moderate (M/M), and Moderate/Severe (M/S) Disabilities, are stand-alone credentials that do not require a general education credential as a prerequisite. Embedded in these credentials is preparation for assisting students with autism. Upon completion of the Education Specialist Credential Program you will be awarded the SB 2042 Preliminary Education Specialist Credential with English Language Learner Authorization embedded. 

Requirements to enter the Teacher Education Program:

State Requirements:

*It is recommended to have a 2.5 GPA for Undergraduate and a 3.0 GPA for graduate students  

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