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Earn Your Education Specialist (EDSP) Credential

In California, 学习成为一名特殊教育教师的人将努力获得教育专家(EDSP)证书. This credential allows you to teach a variety of subjects to students K-22. Concordia students earn the Mild to Moderate Support Needs credential, which includes specific learning disabilities, mild-to-moderate intellectual disabilities, other health impairment, serious emotional disturbance, and authorizes service in grades K–12 and in classes organized primarily for adults through age 22.  Information about this credential can be found on the CTC website.

Credential coursework can be done as part of your undergraduate degree, meaning you can finish your bachelor’s degree and credential at the same time. Some universities have this as a “blended” program. We think it is just good sense. It will take 4-5 years, depending on the pace you set for becoming a teacher.

Concordia's Liberal Studies major is part of California's Elementary Subject Matter Preparation (ESM) program. Therefore, 康考迪亚大学本专业修读多科目证书的学生不需要参加加州科目考试(CSET).

If you wish to teach Special Education at the secondary (grades 6-12) level, some school districts will require that you also earn a Single Subject credential in the specific content area. That can be done after earning your preliminary EDSP credential.

If you want to teach in a Lutheran school, you can obtain your Lutheran Teacher Certificate through Concordia. This can be done with your undergraduate major and credential coursework.

Admissions Requirements

Admission to the Teacher Education program comes in two parts. You must first be accepted as a student through the University Admissions application process. A separate application for the School of Education will be done once you have started the introductory education classes.

The State of California requires that all candidates for teacher credentials complete and pass state-approved tests and assessments before certification no matter which school you attend. Concordia’s Liberal Studies major will prepare you for these exams.

For transfer students to Concordia, read more here.

Student Teaching and Placements for EDSP Candidates.

Read more about transfer students to Concordia University Irvine.

Why get your credential at Concordia University Irvine? Read what our graduates have to say.

Learn about your future professors in the School of Education Faculty profiles.

Questions? Send an email or call at 949-214-3350.


  • Graphic Design Emphasis
  • 24 Units
  • ARTG 261: Graphic Design I
  • 3

This studio art course will give students an introduction to the study of graphic design, as they are exposed to the history of visual communication, typography, advertising, 并学习如何通过创建图像和文本相关项目来识别设计的元素和原则. Students will also develop skills using the digital techniques of scanning, typographic adjustments, vector drawing, exporting, and printing. Class fee: $50. This course is offered every spring semester.

  • ARTG 270: Digital Publishing
  • 3

在本课程中,学生将开发利用构图和排版原则的页面布局技能,同时学习使用Adobe InDesign和在Adobe Illustrator和Adobe Photoshop中创建图像, including text to produce flyers, posters, newsletters, magazines, brochures, calendars, etc. Class fee: $50. This course is offered every spring semester.

  • ARTG 271: Digital Image Manipulation
  • 3

Students will become proficient using Adobe Photoshop in this course, including its applications in graphic design, advertising, web design, animation, and multimedia. 其中复杂的思想和信息的方式可以解释和视觉形式表示的检查也将包括在内. Class fee: $50. This course is offered every fall semester.

  • ARTG 272: Digital Illustration
  • 3

在本课程中,学生将通过练习掌握文字操作和数字插图技巧, demonstrations, and practical assignments using Adobe Illustrator, 包括发展个性化的艺术过程,以产生传达特定信息的数字插图. Class fee: $50. This course is offered every fall semester.

  • ARTG 300: History of Graphic Design
  • 3

This survey course will examine the history of graphic design as students gain a broader understanding of how design affects and is affected by the culture; identify individual illustrators, designers, and artists; and recognize specific styles and movements. This course is offered every spring semester. Class fee: $50. Prerequisite: ARTG 261 or consent of instructor.

  • ARTG 360: Typography I
  • 3

本课程将介绍字体和排版技术的历史概况,向学生介绍不同字体的正式品质,并教他们使用字体作为一种表达性的交流工具. This is an essential course for anyone wishing to communicate with the printed word. Class fee: $50. This class is offered every fall semester. Prerequisite: ARTG 261 or consent of the instructor.

  • ARTG 361: Graphic Design II
  • 3

Students will produce intermediate design projects that emphasize aesthetics, the theory of design, 以及本课程中文本和图像之间的关系,包括使用Adobe InDesign开发数字成像和布局技能, Photoshop, and Illustrator. 本课程的一部分将致力于为社区内的非营利组织创建设计项目的服务学习任务. Class fee: $50. This course is offered every fall semester. Prerequisite: ARTG 261.

  • ARTG 461: Graphic Design III
  • 3

本课程将允许学生完成高级平面设计项目,以填补他们的投资组合的空白, 强调他们准备成为专业平面设计师通过生产强大的投资组合,可以用来获得实习或就业. Class fee: $50. This course is offered every spring semester. Prerequisite: ARTG 361.

Current students, 请注意:这里列出的要求可能不反映该专业的最新课程,也可能不是您要完成专业的目录年的要求. Please refer to the Academic Catalog for official requirements you must meet to qualify for a degree.

Student Teaching and Placements

Student teaching is the culminating experience of the credential program. This is a full-time experience in two classroom settings for an entire semester (18 weeks). Generally, fall student teaching ends mid-January and spring student teaching ends mid-June. 教育专家候选人将在不同的EDSP设置中有两个学生教学实习.

Learn more about Student Teaching and Placements for EDSP Candidates.


Get in Touch

有关康考迪亚大学欧文分校许多奖励教育项目的更多信息, we invite you to contact us directly.

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(949) 214-3350


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