If you’re interested in becoming an education specialist, you can earn either a Dual Education Specialist Credential (Mild/Moderate & Moderate/Severe) in our credential only program, or earn a Master’s in Education (M.Ed.) plus a Dual Education Specialist Credential in our combined program that can be completed in just over a year (5 quarters). You will study cutting-edge, research informed curricula that will prepare you to address the needs of all students in culturally responsive ways. Both are full-time post baccalaureate cohort programs that begin in the summer quarter each year.
The Education Specialist credential program at UC Riverside is a 14-month program consisting of educational foundations coursework and field placements. Students complete the coursework and student teaching hours concurrently.
UC Riverside's rigorous program provides students with a more thorough understanding of educational issues and methodology with the added benefit of in-class experience . This results in our graduates being better prepared, more experienced, and more confident as they embark on their teaching careers.
- Education Specialist Courses and Schedules
What does the SPED Credential get you?
If you’re interested in becoming an education specialist, you can a Master’s in Education (M.Ed.) plus a Dual Education Specialist Credential in our combined program that can be completed in just over a year (5 quarters). You will study cutting-edge, research informed curricula that will prepare you to address the needs of all students in culturally responsive ways. Both are full-time post baccalaureate cohort programs that begin in the summer quarter each year.
We highly encourage all candidates to meet with an advisor or attend an information session prior to applying. For information session dates and to RSVP, please visit: https://education.ucr.edu/info-sessions.
Visit our admissions page for more information on UCR’s Teacher Education Program requirements: https://education.ucr.edu/teacher-education-admissions.
Ed Specialist International Applicants/Non U.S. Residents
Special Information for applicants who are not U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents
For an application to be considered for review, international applicants must complete the requirements listed below prior to submitting the application. These items are required by the state of California in order to participate in a Teacher Preparation Program, receive a teaching credential, and are considered part of our regular admission requirements. Please note: the application fee is non-refundable.
Certificate of Clearance
If you are an international applicant on a student visa, a non-U.S. citizen, or a non-U.S. permanent resident and you are applying to the Teacher Education Program (TEP), please note the following: in order to be eligible for student teaching, all applicants must complete a Certificate of Clearance through the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC). The Certificate of Clearance application requires a Social Security Number (SSN), or an Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN). For information on obtaining a SSN or ITIN, visit the IRS website. All candidates must obtain a Certificate of Clearance before the application deadline to be eligible for admission. Learn more about the Certificate of Clearance.
Student teaching is mandatory for all TEP students in order to complete the required coursework and obtain a teaching credential. If a student is not able to begin student teaching, he/she/they will need to withdraw from the program. Applicants who are ineligible to obtain a U.S. Social Security Number or Tax I.D. Number should talk to an advisor before applying. If you have questions, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The International Affairs Office: https://international.ucr.edu
The Undocumented Student Programs: https://usp.ucr.edu
Foreign Transcript Evaluation
Individuals who have completed college or university course work at an institution in a country other than the United States must obtain a complete evaluation of foreign transcripts, degrees, and other relevant documents. The complete transcript evaluation must be uploaded into the application prior to the deadline for the application to be considered for review. Foreign transcripts must be evaluated by a Commission on Teacher Credentialing approved organization. Learn more about Foreign Transcript Evaluations.
Please note: the UC Riverside’s Graduate Division has additional requirements for international applicants. Please review their Required Documentation from International Institutions.
- Required Education Specialist Exams
School District Partnerships
- Alvord USD
- Fontana USD
- Jurupa USD
- Moreno Valley USD
- Riverside USD
- San Bernardino City USD
- Val Verde USD
Education Specialist Transition Plan
Information on the transition plan can be found here
Education Specialist Scholarship
Become a special education teacher, and receive up to $25,000 towards tuition and fees! ($5,000 SOE scholarship and up to $20,000 from County Service Award)
Now accepting applications for the 2022 UCR Special Education Scholars Service Award, which will fund a limited number of qualified students who enroll in the combined M.Ed. in Special Education, plus Education Specialist Credential Program. Priority consideration given to those who apply by December 17, 2021. Applicants are required to attend a mandatory info session. Recipients must commit to either teaching in Riverside or San Bernardino counties. More information here.