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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.​

Spring 2018 ​Registration Now Open!

To register click on the links below. You can only register for 1 authorization per session. Registration closes March 11, 2018. *In the event we reach maximum capacity for an authorization, priority for the fall registration will be given in order of those placed on the waitlist. 

Autism Spectrum Disorders


Early Childhood Special Education

Emotional Disturbance

Orthopedic Impairment

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: 7-week online course

  • Core Module: Five 3-week online courses

    • Assessment

    • Behavior

    • Collaboration

    • Specialized Health Care

    • Transition​

  • Fieldwork/Portfolio: Candidates provide document 10 hours of experience, 20 hours of professional development, and 20 hours of observations and collaboration with program mentor.


  • $1,500 for first Added Authorization

    • $850 for additional authorizations

Spring 2018 Course Timeline* 

Program starts end of March 2018 and runs through August 2018.

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

  • Assessment 

  • Collaboration 

  • Behavior 

  • Specialized Health Care

  • Transition

*Note: Final dates to be determined