Moderate/Severe 4-Semester Option

See requirements for the Moderate/ Severe 4-semester option.

Program of study: Preliminary Specialist Credential in Moderate/ Severe Disabilities

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After completion of the Preliminary Credential, candidates are eligible to take teaching positions. Following employment as a special education teacher, candidates have 5 years to complete the Clear Professional Credential.

Preliminary, Prerequisites*
13 units
Preliminary, Semester 1
10 units (+ 5 units intern only)

Preliminary, Semester 2
6 units (+ 5 units intern only)

SPED 450 (Classroom Adaptations for Special Populations) – 3 units [Formerly SPED 500]

SPED 530 (Issues in Autism) –3 units

SPED 526 (Char. & Ed. Phys., Health, Sensory Impairments) –3 units

SPED 501** (Typical & Atypical Learning Processes ) — 3 units

SPED 553 (Behavioral Strategies and Supports of Students with Disabilities) –3 units

SPED 560 (Applications of Technology for Individuals with Disabilities) –3 units

SPED 502 (Field Experiences in General and Special Education) – 1 unit

SPED 505 (Educational Services for Students with SED) –1 unit

SPED 970B (Practicum in General & SPED) Intern only

SPED 527# (SPED in a Pluralistic Society) – 3 units

SPED 657 (Facilitating Transition Across Environments in SPED) –3 units

DLE 925 (Seminar) 1 unit Interns only

DLE 915A/B# (Teaching and Learning in the Content Area: English Language Development/SDAIE) – 3 units

SPED 970B (Practicum in General & SPED) Intern only


DLE 925 (Seminar) 1 unit Interns only

  Preliminary, Semester 3 
9 units + 4-unit practicum
Preliminary, Semester 4
5 units +  6 unit practicum

SPED 635 (Assessment in M/S) –3 units

SPED 645 (Issues in Curr. & Instr. for Students with Severe Handicaps) – 3 units

SPED 647 (SPED Adaptions of Basic Skills Instruction) –3 units

SPED 562 (Collaboration, Legislation, and Educational Planning in SPED) –2 units


TE 930** (Teaching Reading & Language Arts) –3 units

SPED 980B (Advanced Practicum)


SPED 970B (Practicum in General & SPED)

Take RICA exam first Saturday in December

DLE 925 (Seminar) 1 unit Interns only


DLE 925 (Seminar) 1 unit Interns only


* For admission, students must meet additional criteria, including subject matter competence, by passing CSET: Multiple Subjects (all 3 subtests) or CSET: Single Subject (Math, English, Social Studies or Science only). Refer to Preliminary Credential Requirements information sheet on website regarding CSET multiple subject requirements for obtaining Mild/ Moderate & Moderate/ Severe Credential. Admission to the Internship Program may require you to pass CSET: Multiple Subjects.

* Courses in this column are available to upper division undergraduate students.

** Not required for candidates who possess a Multiple Subject or Single-Subject Teaching Credential from a California program sponsor. Individuals who acquired their Multiple Subjects or Single Subjects equivalent credentials outside of California are required to have a course in educational psychology or take this class or submit substitution forms proving course of a similar content was successfully completed at another institution.

***Because it will not be offered in summer, students are admitted to the program in Fall must take SPED 525 concurrently with Semester I courses.

# Not required for candidates who possess a Multiple or Single Subjects credential inclusive of CLAD or EL authorization.

Note: Candidates for the Preliminary credential must demonstrate knowledge of principles and provisions of U.S. Constitution through successful completion of a 3-unit college level course or examination. For further clarification contact the Office for Student Success at 619-594-6320.

Candidates for the Preliminary credential must complete a course in Health Education, including, but not limited to, nutrition, the physiological and sociological effects of alcohol, narcotics, drugs, and use of tobacco. This requirement must include verification of training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) which covers infant and child to adult CPR skills. SDSU course TE 280. For further clarification contact the Office for Student Success at 619-594-6320.

Petitions to Substitute or Waive course(s) must be turned in the semester prior to being admitted to the credential program.

San Diego State University — Department of Special Education
This information is subject to change without notice. Every effort is made to ensure this information is current and accurate. 8/22/19