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» Education Specialist Credentials

The Chapman University combined Education Specialist teaching credential and MA in Special Education program prepares candidates to serve children, youth, and young adults with a range of (dis)abilities.

Admissions

Chapman's combined M.A. in Special Education and Education Specialist Teaching Credential program admits a new cohort each summer. We are now accepting applications for the Summer 2024 Cohort.

The Priority Application Deadline is: February 1, 2024.

The Regular Application Deadline is: March 15, 2024.

*To be considered for fellowships, you must submit by the priority application deadline. 

See the Office of Graduate Admission for all teacher program deadlines

M.A. in Special Education 

Chapman teacher candidates may earn one or more of the following teaching credentials:

  • Education Specialist Mild Moderate Support Needs (MMSN, formerly Mild/Moderate) Credential. The MMSN credential authorizes candidates to teach students with autism, emotional disturbance, intellectual disability, multiple disabilities, orthopedic impairment, other health impairment, specific learning disability, and traumatic brain injury.
  • Education Specialist Extensive Support Needs (ESN, formerly Moderate/Severe) Credential. The ESN credential authorizes candidates to teach students with moderate to severe disabilities, including autism, deaf-blindness, emotional disturbance, intellectual disability, multiple disabilities, orthopedic impairment, other health impairment, specific learning disability, and traumatic brain injury.

Both Education Specialist teaching credentials authorize service in transitional kindergarten, grades K-12, and classes organized primarily for adults through age 22.

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