Preliminary Education Specialist Mild / Moderate Support Needs Credential (Dual Credential Program Option with Preliminary Multiple Subjects Credential) - Intern / Residency / Traditional Pathway Program

Contact Information

  • Interim Academic Program Director: Diana M. Limon
  • Program Director (Teacher Residency Programs): Sarah Seinfeld
  • Assistant Director & Advisor (Northern California Partnerships & Non-Cohort): Stephanie Serventi
  • Academic Advisor (Los Angeles Non-Cohort & Traditional): Terri Taylor
  • Academic Advisor (TFA & Los Angeles Intern Partnerships): TBD


Loyola Marymount University’s Special Education program provides candidates with the theoretical knowledge and professional skills needed to teach students with Mild/Moderate disabilities across various settings and in collaboration with general education teachers. Our program is also committed to successfully preparing candidates with culturally and linguistically diverse students. We provide a socially just inclusive curriculum designed to meet student and school community needs. Our excellent reputation throughout California and the field ensures our alumni are in high demand. Our graduates are recognized throughout California as professional, compassionate, and competent educators who immediately impact their students and benefit their school sites.

There are two pathways to earning the California Preliminary Education Specialist Mild/Moderate Support Needs Credential. These include the Intern/Residency pathway and the Traditional pathway. Both the Intern/Residency and Traditional pathways complete the same course sequence and both pathways fulfill all the California requirements for a Preliminary Education Specialist Mild/Moderate Support Needs Credential. A dual credential program is an available option for candidates who are interested in earning the additional Preliminary Multiple Subject Credential along with the Educational Support Specialist Mild/Moderate Support Needs Credential. Some candidates in their Preliminary credential program may require additional pre-service coursework, required coursework, or other requirements in order to be eligible for credential recommendation and/or progression into the Special Education M.A. program. Partnership/cohort programs may include but are not limited to: Green Dot, KIPP, PUC, Seneca, TFA, and Wonderful.

LMU’s 1+1 program design allows candidates to obtain a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Special Education degree, using the coursework from their Preliminary Education Specialist Mild/Moderate Support Needs credential program and apply it to degree requirements. All students in the Preliminary Education Specialist Mild/Moderate Support Needs Credential that are successfully progressing in their credential program coursework are eligible for the program. Additional information, including course requirements for the M.A. in Special Education program, can be found in the Special Education, M.A. section of the Bulletin.

The University Intern Credential is valid for two calendar years, as issued by the CTC. A onetime, one-year extension by appeal is available at the request from the University when an Intern fails to complete the program in the time allotted due to a hardship.

Per Federal Regulation 34 CFR 668.43(a)(5)(v), all LMU School of Education credential/licensure programs meet the California state requirements as specified by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) and for the CA Board of Behavioral Sciences as appropriate. The institution (LMU) has not made a determination as to whether these credential, licensure, and professional preparation programs meet the requirements of states outside of California. If you are interested in practicing outside the state of California, it is recommended that you contact the respective licensing entity of that state to seek information or guidance regarding their licensure and credential requirements in advance to allow for appropriate planning.