Take advantage of the hybrid online/face-to-face format of our Accelerated Credential for Educators (ACE Residency) to earn your Bachelor of Arts in Special Education and Credential. It's never too late to begin the career that's right for you.

We've created this hybrid evening and online degree for paraprofessional educators, teaching assistants, early childhood providers, and others who haven't had the opportunity to earn a degree and the credential required to start their teaching careers.

What Sets This Degree Apart

Besides offering reduced tuition and financial aid, this accelerated program fits working professionals' busy schedules. You'll take two four-hour evening classes per week, typically on Tuesdays and Thursdays 5:30 to 9:30 PM throughout each of the four semesters.

Approximately two years later, upon successful completion of the program, you'll graduate with a Bachelor's degree in Liberal Studies and an Education Specialist Credential: mild/moderate and/or moderate/severe.


The ACE Residency is for individuals who have completed 60 units prior to entering the University of the Pacific. View a list of transferable courses to the program.

This program is organized specifically to help you earn your Bachelor's in Liberal Arts in a cohort group. Entry into the cohort begins in mid-August of each year with the beginning of the fall semester. To apply, please fill out the online transfer application.


Our accelerated program ensures that you have rich experiential learning opportunities while finishing the program in a timely manner. It will take real commitment on your part because our courses are accelerated and intensive. The support you'll receive from faculty and students in the program, however, makes this one of the most rewarding journeys you'll ever undertake.

Courses are organized for the entire cohort group so you're not competing with other students for course placements. View a sample study plan.


This program is designed for those who gain experiential learning in the field while working as paid paraprofessionals. You'll use your paraprofessional placement for their designated fieldwork. As a result, you'll have the opportunity to implement behavioral strategies, accommodation techniques, and pedagogy practices on a daily basis with your mentoring teacher while receiving salary as a paraprofessional. During the last semester, you'll solo-teach for a minimum of four weeks in your classroom setting.

Not working as a paraprofessional? We'll provide you with typical fieldwork and student teaching placements in that case.

Reduced Tuition and Financial Aid

We're committed to making your education affordable. Our all-inclusive tuition rate is $734 per unit with no additional fees aside from textbooks. In addition to helping you apply for federal and state financial aid, we actively work with school district partners to secure funding for our students.

Please let us know if you have any questions.

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Benerd College

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