Special Education Certificate


The Special Education Certificate prepares the student for employment as an instructional aide in K - 12 public schools and early childhood programs where children identified with special needs are enrolled. The Certificate requires a total of 18 units with 6 required units and 12 restricted elective units. A minimum grade of C is required in each course taken. In many of the courses in this certificate, students study, observe and learn utilizing the Child Development Laboratory Instructional Classrooms.

Required Courses (6 units):
CDES 120 FChild Development3
CDES 204 F Introduction to Special Education3
Restricted Electives (12 units):12
Sensory Integration and Motor Planning for Children3
Principles and Techniques of Early Childhood Special Education with Field Experience3
Working with Families of Children with Special Needs3
The Role of the Para-Professional in Diverse Settings3
Classroom Practices for Diverse Learners3
Total Units18

Outcome 1: Know and understand the established as well as recent theories of child development.

Outcome 2: Analyze and think critically about the teacher’s comprehensive role in early learning and development settings.

Outcome 3: Recognize and evaluate the interrelationships of the child, family, school and greater community.

Outcome 4: Design quality early childhood programs and curriculum.