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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.

Requirements to enroll in the AASE program include:

  • Possession of a 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 2019 Cohort 

registration is now CLOSED

Sept. 2 - Dec. 21

Registration deadline is August 16

To register, click on the links below. You can only register for one authorization per session. Registration closes one week before the program start date. *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. The added authorizations offered are:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders

  • Deaf-Blind
  • Early Childhood Special Education

  • Emotional Distrurbance

  • Orthopedic Impairment

  • Traumatic Brain Injury

Interested in the Spring 2020 Cohort?
Click here to be notified once registration is open
Spring 2020 Cohort: January 13, 2020 - May 2, 2020

Program Overview

Mandatory Orientation: Two dates to choose from- TBD

2019 Fall Course Timeline: Sept. 2 – Dec. 21

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 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

    • $1350 for additional authorizations (when both are completed with us) 

*All payments must be received in full by Aug. 23 for the Fall 2019 Cohort*

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.