Please note: We are hopeful that school will be able to resume in the fall but also understand it is possible many schools may still be using distance learning for instruction in the 2020-2021 school year. If this is the case, we will make sure modifications are made to the program that support the CTC requirements for you to gain the authorization.
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.
We offer six Added Authorizations:
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Early Childhood Special Education
- Emotional Disturbance
- Orthopedic Impairment
- Traumatic Brain Injury
Requirements to enroll in the AASE program include:
- Possession of a valid Level 1, Level 2, Preliminary or Clear Ed. Specialist credential Teachers add authorizations for a variety of reasons. If you believe you are required to have this authorization, you can verify the authorization you are seeking is applicable/required based on your current credential by checking the CTC website
Spring 2021 Cohort Closed
Fall 2021 Cohort coming soon!
Please check back here or sign up on our interest list below to be notified once registration is open.
*You can only register for one authorization per session.
If you would like to be notified of future AASE offerings please sign up on our interest list below:
AASE Interest List
Program OverviewMandatory Orientation:
Confirmed candidates must choose one of the following orientation dates to attend (via Zoom):
January 21st, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
January 28th, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
16 weeks of FULLY online instruction and experiences covering:
- Student Characteristics in the area of authorization
- Collaboration and Transition
- Specialized Health Care
Fieldwork and Portfolio Component: Candidate documents evidence of practice by video submission with guidance and feedback from your assigned mentor/coach. Portfolio also requires evidence of teaching experiences and professional development in the authorization area.
*Must have at least one student with the specific disability (in the title of the authorization) on your caseload, or have significant access to a student from a different classroom.
Payment is through credit card, debit card, money order or PO only. You will receive a link for payment via email once your registration has been verified.
- No refunds will be issued after the program start date
$2,000 for first Added Authorization
- CTC processing fee ($102 subject to change) when you are recommended for the added authorization
The completion of the course qualifies you to earn 9 semester units through either Brandman University or University of San Diego. Purchasing Units is optional. (see Quick Links to visit the university web pages)
The SDCOE Teacher Effectiveness and Preparation (TEP) unit verifies that you have a current Education Specialist credential at the time of application to our program.
Teachers add authorizations for a variety of reasons. If you believe you are required to have this authorization, you can verify the authorization you are seeking is applicable/required based on your current credential by checking the CTC website
TEP is not responsible for the status of your credential at the time the recommendation for the Added Authorization is made. Please make sure you have satisfied all CTC requirements as documented on your credential to maintain its validity.
The San Diego County Office of Education does not discriminate on the basis of harassment, intimidation, bullying, sex, gender, or sexual orientation in its education programs or activities. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and certain other federal and state laws, prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, gender, or sexual orientation in employment, and protects all people regardless of their gender or gender identity from sex discrimination, which includes sexual harassment and sexual violence.