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Special Education Mild-Moderate Disabilities Certification for Certified Teachers

Post-Degree Certificate

Prepare for Arizona Special Education Mild-Moderate Disabilities (grades K-12) certification. This post-degree program applies to students who have Elementary or Secondary teacher certification. Courses emphasize professional teaching standards, instruction for students with diverse needs, technology, current teaching theory, and include supervised and directed field experiences. 

Conditional Enrollment Program: You will be eligible to enroll in EDC/ESE courses once you have completed the requirement listed in Program Admissions and the Department has authorized your enrollment. See the program director or advisor for more information.

Title IV Financial Aid eligible: Federal Loans only

 Online Option: This program can be completed entirely online (excluding Field Experience)


Desert Vista Campus and Online

Contact Information

Division of Education & Biomedicall Programs
Dean: 520.206.5105
Program Office: 520.206.5144


Completing this program can lead to employment in a variety of different careers.  Here are some examples of occupations related to this program with associated Pima County-based annual median wages. Some careers may require additional education or training. Source: EMSI

Occupation Annual Median Wage
Special Education Teachers $45,530

Program Requirements 2020-2021

Required Courses

Must be completed with grades of C or higher. A program GPA of 3.0 or higher is required for graduation.

Course # Course Title Credit Hours
EDC/ESE 252 Survey of Exceptional Education 3
ESE 254 Foundations of Instruction: Mild-Moderate Disabilities 3
ESE 255 Classroom Management for Mild-Moderate Disabilities 3
EDC/ESE 257 21st Century Learning 3
Subtotal 12
ESE 270 Methods of Instruction: Students/Mild-Moderate Disabilities 3
ESE 271 Mild-Moderate Methods: K-12 Inst. Across the Curriculum 3
ESE 272 Developmental Reading, Instruction, Assessment, Remediation 3
ESE 273 Diagnosis and Assessment of Mild-Moderate Disabilities 3
Subtotal 12
Candidates who are not currently teaching in a Mild-Moderate Special Education classroom take the Traditional Pathway.
Candidates who are currently teaching full time in a Mild-Moderate Special Education classroom but are not certified in Mild-Moderate Special Education take the Internship Pathway.
Field Experiences (Traditional Pathway)
EDC 267 Traditional Practicum 2
ESE 290 Student Teaching: Mild-Moderate Disabilities 8
Subtotal 10
Field Experiences (Internship Pathway)
ESE 290A Student Teaching I: Mild-Moderate Disabilities 4
ESE 290B Student Teaching II: Mild-Moderate Disabilities 4

Required Support Courses

Course # Course Title Credit Hours
EDC 286 * Structured English Immersion Methods  0-3
POS 210 ** National and State Constitution 0-3
Subtotal 0-6
Total 32-40

* This course is not required if an SEI Endorsement is displayed on the student's teaching certificate.

** This course is not required with an official passing score on the Constitutions of the U.S. and Arizona AEPA (Arizona Educators Proficiency Assessment). See a Program advisor for additional information

Conditional Program/Major Codes: CRDEST/9EST

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