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Added Authorization Program

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.

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.

We offer six Added Authorizations:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Deaf-Blind
  • Early Childhood Special Education
  • Emotional Distrurbance
  • 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 
  • At least one student with the specific disability (in the title of the authorization) on your caseload or can access this student for the duration of the program. If the response is 'no', you would not be able to enroll in this program.

Fall 2020 Cohort Registration is Now Closed


Spring 2021 Cohort Dates:

February 1, 2021 - May 23, 2021

Click here for the Spring 2021 Interest List

*You can only register for one authorization per session. 

Program Overview

Mandatory Orientation: 

Confirmed candidates must choose one of the following orientation dates to attend (via Zoom): TBA


16 weeks of FULLY online instruction and experiences covering:

  • Student Characteristics in the area of authorization
  • Assessment
  • Behavior
  • 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

    • $1,350 for additional authorizations (when both are completed with SDCOE) 

The SDCOE Teacher Effectiveness and Preparation (TEP) unit verifies the validity of your Education Specialist credential at the time of application to our program.  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.