About the Quarter Program, Pre-Fall 2018

Highlights of Cal Poly's Education Specialist Programs

  • Flexibility — Ed Specialist credential candidates may begin in Fall, Winter, or Spring quarters. Candidates may take as few as one or as many as four courses each quarter, as their schedules allow.
  • Personalized Service — With a core faculty of about 20, the Department of Education offers personalized service and individualized advisement for credential and master's students. The Credential Services Office provides additional support and assistance for credential processes and procedures.
  • Add Ed Specialist to MS/SS — Cal Poly offers a way for teachers who already hold a Multiple or Single Subjects credential to add the Ed Specialist Credential with a minimum amount of additional coursework and clinical practice.
  • Credential-to-Master's — Cal Poly offers a straightforward path from credential to Master's degree. The majority of candidates who earn their credential at Cal Poly continue to complete the Master of Arts in Education, with an emphasis in Special Education.

Preliminary Education Specialist Credential Programs

Preliminary Education Specialist Credential - Mild/Moderate Disabilities

This credential authorizes the holder to teach in grades K-12 (and up to the age of 22). It includes students with autism, learning disabilities, mild/moderate intellectual disabilities, other health impairments, and emotional/behavior disorders. This credential also authorizes the holder to provide instruction for English language development and specially designed academic instruction in English (grades 12 and below and in classes organized for adults).

Preliminary Education Specialist Credential - Moderate/Severe Disabilities

This credential authorizes the holder to teach in grades K-12 (and up to the age of 22). It includes students with autism, moderate/severe/profound intellectual disabilities, multiple disabilities, and serious emotional/behavior disorders. This credential also authorizes the holder to provide instruction for English language development and specially designed academic instruction in English (grades 12 and below and in classes organized for adults).

Credential Pathways

Traditional Program

This is a traditional pathway for candidates who need to maintain personal schedules during the day with the option to take classes in the late afternoon. Evening courses are held at Cal Poly Pomona with fieldwork requirements during the day. Candidates complete required coursework prior to Clinical Practice (student teaching). Cal Poly places student teachers in public school classrooms, with the guidance and support of the classroom Cooperating Teacher and a University Supervisor.

Intern Program Option

The Intern Program is an alternative credential pathway that allows candidates to work in public K-12 schools as the teacher-of-record while they complete required coursework to obtain their credential. Complete information is provided at the Internship Orientation.

Already Have a Multiple or Single Subjects Credential?

Teachers who already hold a Multiple or Single Subject credential may earn the Ed Specialist Credential with a minimum amount of additional coursework and clinical practice. Learn more about adding a Prelimary Ed Specialist credential to your Multiple or Single Subject credential.

Advanced Programs

Master's Degree

The M.A. in Education (with an emphasis in Special Education) offers advanced preparation in the areas of mild/moderate and moderate/severe disabilities. Required and elective courses are closely related to course requirements in the Preliminary ES Credential.

Master's Information