Are you an Education Specialist? Elevate your skills through a Bridge Authorization

As a practicing Education Specialist, you bring a wealth of experience and expertise to the classroom. Elevate your skills to serve a wider range of students by attending a four hour training and earning your bridge authorization. 

This training is designed for MM, MS, ECSE Education Specialists who received their credential before July 2022. It builds upon your credential and provides you with the skills and knowledge to successfully meet new program standards. This training is Only for San Mateo County SELPA members, members will receive a stipend of $500 along with a prepaid application to receive your bridge authorization.

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Please sign up via Eventbrite to attend one of the professional development days below: 

Mild to Moderate Support Needs (MMSN) Extensive Support Needs (ESN) Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE)
Monday, March 13
4:00pm - 8:00pm
Saturday, March 18
1:00pm - 5:00pm
Wednesday, March 29
4:00pm -8:00pm

Saturday, March 18
8:30am - 12:30pm

Monday, March 20
4:00pm - 8:00pm

Thursday, March 23
4:00pm - 8:00pm


New Education Specialist Credentialing Structure

The new Education Specialist credentialing structure consolidates seven areas into five by integrating the Language and Academic Development and the Physical and Health Impairments credentials into each of the other credentials. 

Current education specialist credential holders can pursue bridge authorizations to earn the full breadth of the new credentials. Find an accessible PDF of the Education Specialist Bridge Authorization if Then Explanation.

Education Specialist Bridge Authorization if Then Explanation

Federal Disability Categories

Mild/Moderate Disabilities (MM) Credential


Mild to Moderate Support Needs (MMSN) Credential


Moderate Severe Disabilities (MS) Credential


Extensive Support Needs (ESN) Credential


Autism Spectrum Disorders Yes Yes Yes Yes
Deaf-blindness No  No Yes Yes
Emotional Disturbance Yes Yes Yes Yes
Intellectual Disability Yes Yes Yes Yes
Multiple Disabilities No Yes Yes Yes
Orthopedic Impairment No  Yes No  Yes 
Other Health Impairment Yes Yes No  Yes
Specific Learning Disability Yes Yes No  Yes
Traumatic Brain Injury No  Yes No  Yes

*The list of federal disability categories is not inclusive of all federal disabilities.

Learn more through the links below:

Christian Morales-Aponte

Administrative Assistant III


Phone: (650) 802-5632