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.
- Tuition [Registrar] approximately $30,000 for Dual Education Specialist Teaching Credential plus the M.Ed. Program
- Scholarships and financial aid
- Local Solutions Ed Specialist Scholarship recipients receive $5,000 scholarship from SOE and up to $20,000 from county service award (a maximum of 18 student recipients)
- Field experiences completed at assigned school sites during the day
- Late afternoon and evening in-person classes on the UCR campus
- Students often receive job offers prior to graduation
- 80% of 2020-2021 students received offers prior to graduation
- 100% of 2017-2018 students received offers prior to graduation
- Education Specialist Courses and Schedules
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.
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.
- Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution
- A minimum overall 3.00 GPA
- Passage of Basic Skills and Subject Matter requirements
- Three letters of recommendation- can be provided from an Academic or professional reference
- Official degree posted transcripts from all colleges attended after high school including UCR: https://education.ucr.edu/teacher-education-admissions
- If a student was admitted into a previous credential program, a letter of good standing will need to be provided as part of the admission process
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.
Education Specialist Transition Plan
Information on the transition plan can be found here