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Teaching Credential Programs

Education Specialist and Dual Credential

Fresno State's nationally accredited Education Specialist Credential program prepares caring, competent and reflective candidates to teach children, youth and adults with disabilities in a variety of diverse educational settings in grades kindergarten - age 22 across the Central Valley of California. Students can choose between a Mild/Moderate or Moderate/Severe Credential.

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Program Options

At Fresno State we can tailor your credential program to your specific interests and needs. We offer multiple options to pursue your Education Specialist Credential:

Education Specialist Credential with Option of Dual Program

The Education Specialist (Special Education) Credential authorizes the holder to teach students with mild/moderate or moderate/severe disabilities, grades K-age 22, in public or private school programs, clinics, special schools, resource classrooms, educational programs, residential facilities, hospitals and other agencies serving persons with disabilities.

Students can choose to pursue the Education Specialist Credential or pursue both an Education Specialist and Multiple Subject Credential simultaneously - a Dual Credential. Learn more about the Dual Credential here

Education Specialist Credential and a Master of Arts in Special Education

You can apply to the Education Specialist Credential program and add two additional semesters to earn a Master of Arts in Special Education. Learn more here.

Add a Bilingual Authorization

The Fresno State Spanish/Hmong Bilingual Authorization Program trains future teachers with the skills needed to support linguistically and culturally diverse students. A majority of the courses required for a BAP can also be completed during your undergraduate degree.

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