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Added Authorization Program


Mission Statement

The program's purpose is to provide a learning experience for teachers that ensures all students, regardless of exceptionality, receive high-quality educational opportunities.

San Diego County Office of Education offers an Education Specialist Added Authorization program. The program is approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing and was developed collaboratively by SDCOE, San Diego County SELPA directors, and special education teachers and specialists from school districts across San Diego County.​

Click here to sign up on the 2017 Fall Interest Link.

Added Authorizations Offered

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)​ ​​

  • Deaf-Blind (DB)

  • Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) 

  • ​Emotional Disturbance (ED)

  • Orthopedic Impairment (OI)

Program Overview

  • ​Characteristics Class: 6-week online course

  • Core Module: Five 3-week online courses

    • Assessment

    • Behavior

    • Collaboration

    • Specialized Health Care

    • Transition​

  • Fieldwork/Portfolio: Candidates document experience, evidence of practice, and observations with guidance from an assigned Coach.


  • $1,500 for first Added Authorization

    • $850 for additional authorizations

2017-18 Course Timeline* 

Program starts end of September 2017 and runs through March 2018.

  • ​Characteristics (ASD/DB/ECSE/ED/OI)

  • Assessment 

  • Collaboration 

  • Behavior 

  • Specialized Health Care

  • Transition

*Note: Final dates to be determined