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Special Education Mild-Moderate Disabilities Certification

Post-Degree Certificate

Prepare for Arizona Special Education Mild-Moderate Disabilities (grades K-12) 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: Yes

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


Desert Vista Campus and Online

Contact Information

Division of Education & Biomedical 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 250 Introduction to Teaching 3
EDC/ESE 251 Educational Psychology 3
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 18
ESE 270 Methods of Instruction: Students/Mild-Moderate Disabilities 3
ESE 271 Mild-Moderate Methods: K-12 Instruction Across the Curriculum 3
ESE 272 Developmental Reading, Instruction, Assessment, Remediation 3
ESE 273 Diagnosis and Assessment of Mild-Moderate Disabilities 3
Subtotal 12
Pathways: 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 on an intern certificate take the Internship Pathway.
Field Experiences (Traditional Pathway)
EDC 267 Traditional Practicum 2
ESE 290 Student Teaching: Mild-Moderate Disabilities 8
Field Experiences (Internship Pathway)
EDC 266 Internship Practicum 2
ESE 290A Student Teaching I: Mild-Moderate Disabilities 4
ESE 290B Student Teaching II: Mild-Moderate Disabilities 4
Subtotal 10

Required Support Courses

Course # Course Title Credit Hours
EDC 286 Structured English Immersion (SEI) Methods 3
POS 210 * National and State Constitution 0-3
Subtotal 3-6
Total 43-46

* This course is not required with an official passing score in the Constitutions of the U.S. and Arizona AEPA (Arizona Educator Proficiency Assessment.) See a program coordinator for additional information.

Conditional Program/Major Codes: CRDEDS/9EDS
Gainful Employment Disclosure

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