Special Education Program

Dr. Emiliano Ayala seated with three of the Special Education Teacher Candidates


The mission of the Education Specialist credential programs at Sonoma State University is the advancement of excellence within the special education profession. Central to this mission is the crafting of special education preparation programs which reflect best practice, empirical support, as well as values founded in respect for the humanity, educational progress and improved lives of learners with disabilities. The core values of our program center upon educational and social success as dynamic contributors to quality lives for students with disabilities. Specifically, we prepare special educators who are:

  • Proficient in curriculum and instruction across life domains for individuals with disabilities
  • Knowledgeable and thoughtful about assessment practices and connecting various technologies and paradigms of assessment with individualized educational plans for individuals with special needs
  • Skilled in the practices and dispositions necessary for effective collaboration with regular educators, interdisciplinary team members and parents, aimed at improving educational services for individuals with special needs
  • Informed about and appreciative of the myriad of cultural, linguistic, social and personal factors faced by individuals with special needs and their families
  • Committed to inclusive educational practices
  • Committed to ongoing professional growth and reflection in their careers
  • The Education Specialist credential programs offered at Sonoma State include our Preliminary Education Specialist programs (Mild/Moderate and Moderate/Severe) as well as an Intern program. All our programs are fully accredited by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC).

    Hear from one of our Special Education Teacher Candidates