North Coast School of Education

Education Specialist Credential


The Education Specialist Credential authorizes the holder to teach in the following disability areas of specialization:

  • Deaf and Hard of Hearing
  • Early Childhood Special Education
  • Extensive Support Needs
  • Mild/Moderate Support Needs
  • Physical and Health Impairments
  • Visual Impairments

For more information, readCTC’s Leaflet CL-808CA.

Each teaching credential has a unique set of standards that must be met in order to obtain the California Clear Credential. Upon completion of Teacher Induction and any additional credential requirements, Education Specialist Teachers with a Preliminary or Level 1 credential are eligible to apply for a Clear Credential.

NCSOE also provides a Level II program for those Candidates who need to clear an Education Specialists Level I Credential. NCSOE’s Level II Program consists of two seminars (separate from Induction), one in the Fall and one in the Spring. These seminars address the specific content required in order to meet the state's Level II program standards.

Candidates with an Education Specialists Level I credential who have already completed a full, accredited Induction program do not need to repeat the Induction seminars or assignments.