Added Emphasis Education Specialist Credential, Extensive Support Needs

This education specialist credential program is designed specifically for current California teachers who have already achieved their Preliminary Education Specialist mild/moderate credential and wish to further expand their expertise in the field by adding the moderate/severe credential.

Program Overview

In accordance with CTC standards, the moderate to severe program offers holders of a preliminary education specialist credential the opportunity to complete the moderate to severe preliminary specialty area program. You will learn advanced methods and strategies for teaching students with learning, developmental and behavior disabilities.

As an education specialist credential, moderate to severe online student, you will:

  • Integrate skills and knowledge with multidisciplinary teams that include families/guardians/caregivers, community members and educational personnel.
  • Demonstrate professional practices and attitudes that reflect the value of and knowledge about children and families from diverse backgrounds and experiences.
  • Implement and promote evidence-based and multifaceted teaching methodologies and strategies to meet students’ individualized needs.
  • Analyze, select and use formal and informal assessments that are appropriate for each child’s culture, language and unique learning needs.
  • Incorporate assessment results for IEP/IFSP/ITP development, Response to Intervention (RTI), instruction and interventions.
  • Implement positive behavior supports, social skills instruction and an environmental arrangement to support developmentally appropriate social and educational behaviors.
  • Apply subject matter pedagogical skills in authentic settings.

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Fall II (Oct 24, 2022)

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San Diego Campus
7460 Mission Valley Road, San Diego, CA 92108
Antelope Valley Campus
39115 Trade Center Drive, Suite 203, Palmdale, CA 93551
Ontario Campus
3990 Concours Street, Suite 100, Ontario, CA 91764
Roseville Campus
400 Sunrise Avenue, Suite 200, Roseville, CA 95661
Walnut Creek Campus
2950 Buskirk Avenue, Suite 315, Walnut Creek, CA 94597
Santa Maria Campus
1300 E. Cypress Street, Building A-1, Santa Maria, CA 93454
Victorville Campus
13911 Park Avenue, Suite 100, Victorville, CA 92392
Yuba City Campus
3301 East Onstott Road, Yuba City, CA 95991
Modesto Campus
5222 Pirrone Court, Salida, CA 95368
Monterey Campus
99 Pacific Street, Suite 375-B, Monterey, CA 93940
Palm Desert Campus
75-105 Merle Dr, Suite 800, Bldg. B, Palm Desert, CA 92211
Visalia Campus
ALL MAIL TO: PO Box 3104 Visalia, CA 93278 CAMPUS LOCATION: 337 N. Plaza Drive Visalia, CA 93291
Riverside Campus
3550 Vine Street, Suite 200, Riverside, CA 92507
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    Admission Requirements

    Applicants to the teaching credential program must complete the formal application process with all required documents, which include:

    • Completed application
    • Statement of Intent
    • Three recommendation forms
    • GPA: Meet 1 of these 3 GPA options for admission
    • Official transcripts showing a conferred Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
    • Proof of a basic skills requirement (i.e. CBEST; other CTC approved basic skills exam; or approved reading, writing, and mathematics coursework)
    California Residency

    The teaching credential program is only available to California residents

    Letter of Good Standing

    Applicants transferring from another institution's teaching credential program must supply a letter from that institution's Education Department attesting to the applicant's good standing in the program. The letter should be written on institutional letterhead by the Dean, department chair, director of teacher education, or someone in a similar position

    Prior to Admission

    Subject matter competency must be fulfilled to qualify for enrollment in student teaching or internship. Candidates must sign an intent to satisfy the subject matter competency requirement through one of the following: CSET exam; subject matter preparation program; approved coursework aligned with subject matter domains; or approved academic degree.

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    Program Curriculum

    • Valid Preliminary or Clear Education Specialist Credential, mild/moderate or moderate/severe with EL Authorization based on 2009 CTC Program Standards and an Autism Authorization. This program may be available to candidates who hold a Level II clear credential.

      Up to 3 credits of General Education Elective may be waived or transferred into program. Three credits of the first Directed Teaching course and the first student teaching seminar (EDUU 544 Student Teaching Seminar I) may be waived with 1 year of documented full-time teaching experience in the respective credential area being sought. Internship experience may not be used to waive student teaching credits. Students must establish residency with at least 9 credits.

      Candidates adding a Preliminary Education Specialist Credential must successfully complete an exit portfolio consisting of signature assignments and artifacts from required coursework, an exemplary lesson plan, evaluation and observation from student teaching, and reflective essays. Students will submit an application and submit their portfolio upon meeting all other program requirements. Candidates submit portfolios through LiveText and pay a fee to have the portfolio evaluated. Portfolio requirements and directions are located on the SOE Services MyUMassGlobal site.

      Per CTC, holders of a clear education specialist credential may complete another preliminary specialty area program and add the new specialty area to their Clear credential. These individuals do not need to verify completion of an Induction program and will be issued a new clear credential with the additional specialty area.

    • Emphasis Course

       

      EDUU 519  Teaching Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities

      3

      or EDUU 560

       Teaching Students with Moderate/Severe Disabilities

      Emphasis Course Subtotal

      3

      General Education Elective

       

      Select one of the following:

      3

      EDUU 511
       Collaboration For Inclusive Schooling

       

      EDUU 512
       The Art & Craft of Teaching

       

      EDUU 570
       Voice, Diversity, Equity, and Social Justice

       

      EDUU 599
       Independent Study

       

      EDUU 609
       Seminar in Curriculum Studies

       

      EDMU 520
       Literacy and Language in K-8 Classrooms I

       

      EDMU 521
       Literacy and Language in K-8 Classrooms II

       

      EDSU 532
       Effective Literacy Instruction for Single Subject Candidates

       

      General Education Elective Subtotal

      3

      Clinical Practice

       

      Complete the Mild/Moderate or Moderate/Severe Credential

      10

      Clinical Practice Subtotal

      10

      Total Credits

      16

    • EDTU 573 Directed Teaching I: Moderate/Severe

      3

      EDUU 544 Student Teaching Seminar I

      2

      EDTU 593 Directed Teaching II: Moderate/Severe

      3

      EDUU 545 Student Teaching Seminar II

      2

      Total Credits

      10

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    Special Education

    What are key characteristics of a special education teacher?

    There are many characteristics that are essential for teachers who work with special needs students. Some examples include:

    • They are active listeners
    • They have strong social perception skills
    • They understand how to support different learning styles
    • They’re adept at complex problem solving
    • They are service oriented

    Find out more about these qualities and explore if this helping profession is right for you.  

    What is the difference between special education and inclusive education?

    Historically, students with disabilities were segregated from general education peers in public schools, which was the typical scenario referred to by the term “special education.” Today, many schools are restructuring to move toward an “inclusive education” model, wherein general education and special needs students learn together in the same classroom. Get strategies for fostering inclusive learning

    What is an IEP?

    IEP stands for “Individualized Education Program.” Once a child has been evaluated and their eligibility for services is confirmed, the IEP serves as the roadmap for success based on the student’s unique needs. Parents work with a team of educators to craft it and document their child’s progress and development. 

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