UCR Extension

The earlier a child's needs are identified, the better chances they will have for success. Develop the skills to conduct educational assessments, set appropriate developmental goals and provide instructional and special education services. Learn how to work cooperatively with families so that they can duplicate the techniques in the home environment and establish a clear path for academic and developmental growth.

What You'll Learn

  • Typical and atypical physical, psychosocial and cognitive/language development milestones
  • Effective methods that focus on the cooperation, communication, problem-solving and identification of individuals and public support agencies
  • Assessment techniques to measure the behavior and function of developmentally challenged children
  • Instructional approaches and curriculum planning practices for working with special needs children

Who Should Attend


  1. A bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited institution
  2. A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  3. Preliminary Teacher Credential coursework
    • Bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited institution
    • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
    • One of the following valid California Special Education teaching credentials:
      • Preliminary
      • Clear
      • Level I
      • Level II
      • Professional Clear
      • Life

What You Should Know

Completion Requirements

Successful completion of 16 units with a grade of C or better.

Upon program completion:

  • Student must submit the Online Recommendation Form from the Credentials Office.
  • Student pays the UCR Extension $50.00 "Credential Filing Fee-Education" to Student Services by calling (951) 827-4105.

Contact Info

Credentials Office
(951) 827-1654

Earning the Certificate

For more information see How to Earn a Certificate

Instructor Spotlight

“Whatever your goal, completing a professional certificate program will give you confidence to reach for the top. Join thousands of UCR Extension students whose lives have been transformed by our programs.”

Bronwyn Jenkins-Deas

Associate Dean, UCR Extension

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