Level II Education Specialist Credential

The level II education specialist credential is completed within the five-year level I time period. Under current CTC standards, all level II candidates must be enrolled in a level II program by December 31, 2014, and all candidates must complete their level II program by January 31, 2019, per state mandates.

Unique Features

  • Full accreditation
  • Evening classes
  • Personalized schedule and plan
  • Highly regarded by school districts
  • Classes blend theory and practice

Added Authorizations & Certificates

FPU currently offers three added authorizations and one certificate:

  • Authorizations: autism spectrum disorder (ASD), early childhood special education and resource specialist
  • Certificate: Interdisciplinary professional leadership certificate in autism

Degree Program

Special Education Program

Admissions Requirements

  • Application form and fee
  • Orientation interview 
  • Three graduate reference forms 
  • Official transcripts verifying BA/BS degree
  • Verification of negative TB test (within last 12 months)
  • Special education addendum 
  • Level I education specialist credential 
Your admissions counselor may require you review the following documents during your application.

Further Info

We offer four program options:

Mild/moderate disabilities: Students with mild/moderate disabilities may be learners who have difficulties imposing structure in learning tasks. They may display delays in intellectual development, specific learning disabilities and/or serious emotional disturbances. This credential authorizes the teaching of individuals who experience mild-to-moderate learning disabilities, intellectual disability, other health impairments and serious emotional disturbances. Serves ages 5 to 22

Moderate/severe disabilities: Students with moderate/severe disabilities require specialized support to address unique learning needs resulting from a range of intellectual, behavioral, emotional, communication, sensory and/or motor impairments. This credential authorizes the teaching of individuals with moderate to severe autism, intellectual disability, hearing and/or vision impaired, serious emotional disturbances and multiple disabilities. Serves ages 5 to 22

Physical and health impairments: Physical and health impairments include students with orthopedic, neurological and physical health impairments that limit mobility and vitality in ways that adversely affect educational performance. This credential authorized the teaching of individuals who have orthopedic impairments, health impairments, traumatic brain injuries, multiple disabilities or who are medically fragile. Serves ages infant to 22

Special education early childhood: Specialists with this credential may provide educational services to children from birth through pre-kindergarten who are eligible for early intervention, special education and/or related services under federal and state laws. Serves ages infant to 5

Each candidate must also provide verification of valid CPR for adult, child and infants. CPR training through online courses is not accepted.

Technology Recommendation

In order to prepare future teachers to effectively use technology, students are highly encouraged to have access to a laptop for all course work and class meetings.

National Report on Teacher Quality

Program information and tuition subject to change.