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.