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Preliminary Special Education Credential, Early Childhood SPED
Designed for candidates who want a career working with infant, toddler and preschool -age children with identified special needs, this early childhood credential prepares teachers to work in public or private preschools, childcare centers or at private homes.
Early Childhood Credential Program Overview
Our CTC accredited Preliminary Early Childhood Special Education Teaching Credential focuses on the skills needed to conduct assessments, provide instruction and special education-related services to young children with disabilities. The curriculum for the University of Massachusetts Global teaching credential provides California educators of young children with advanced methods and strategies for working with learning, development and behavior disabilities.
As a student, you will:
- Develop the skills required to ensure that instruction and environments are appropriate for the child’s developmental age, needs and identified disabilities.
- Assist students by cultivating collaborative relationships with families/guardians/caregivers, community members and educational personnel.
- Reflect the value of and knowledge about children and families from diverse backgrounds and experiences.
- Think outside the box and incorporate appropriate technology to accommodate students’ individualized needs.
Program Benefits that Benefit You.
Large Support Network
With a history of training California teachers since 1958, we've built a vast network of local school districts to help our students locate fieldwork.
Earn your CA Credential Online
Affordable classes that fit your work schedule, offered 100% online so you can learn while you earn.
Culture of Inclusivity
Our credentials were designed using the CTC’s Teaching Performance Expectations to ensure our graduates create challenging but inclusive learning experiences for all.
University of Massachusetts Global is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC)
University of Massachusetts Global's School of Education is accredited by the California Commission on Teaching Credentialing.
Imagine Your Future With a Teaching Credential, Preliminary, Early Childhood Special Education
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Compared to a brick and mortar, the professors are more open and I was able to learn better from them. The online community is what kept me going. I think this is the first time in my life that I can say I am proud of myself.
MA in Special Education, Behavior Analysis
I took the Autism classes [through Extended Education] and found the passion of special education, which I really never thought of as an option. I finished the Autism program and enrolled in the Master of Special Education. I have learned to reflect on my teaching and determine if I am reaching all students and on how to better reach any struggling students.
MA, Special Education
Brandman* has taught me a lot about teaching to different levels of students.
MA, Special Education
Applicants to the teaching credential program must complete the formal application process with all required documents, which include:
- Completed application
- 2.75 grade point average (GPA)
- Official transcripts showing a conferred Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
Successful completion of this program leads to state licensure, which is limited to the state of California and approval by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.
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
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Teaching Credential Program Curriculum
Code Course Name Credits Core/Introductory Courses
ECED 330 Dual Language Learners and Their Families
EDUU 639 Pedagogical Leadership in Early Childhood Education
EDUU 644 Development, Risk, and Resilience
EDUU 665 Historical, Philosophical, and Legal Foundations of Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special ED 3 Core/Introductory Subtotal
Content/Emphasis Area Courses EDUU 666 Family Guided Practices in Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education
EDUU 667 Assessment in Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education
EDUU 668 Curriculum and Intervention in Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education
EDUU 679 Advanced Strategies in Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education
EDUU 602 Positive Behavior Supports 3 EDUU 645 Consultation, Collaboration and Co-teaching in Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education 3 Content/Emphasis Area Subtotal
*Clinical Practice credits vary depending on whether the candidate is a student teacher or intern Clinical Practice Subtotal
Total Credits 40-42 *Clinical Practice Options: Student Teaching or Internship Early Childhood Special Education Student Teaching EDTU 554 Student Teaching I: Early Childhood Special Education 3 EDUU 576 Education Specialist Student Teaching Seminar A 2 EDTU 555 Student Teaching II: Early Childhood Special Education 3 EDUU 577 Education Specialist Students Teaching Seminar B 2 Internship* EDTU 575-A Supported Teaching I: Early Childhood Special Education (Interns Only) 2 EDTU 575-B Supported Teaching I: Early Childhood Special Education (Interns Only) 2 EDTU 575-C Supported Teaching I: Early Childhood Special Education (Interns Only) 2 EDTU 576-A Supported Teaching II: Early Childhood Special Education (Interns Only) 2 *Clinical Practice credits vary depending on whether the candidate is a student teacher or intern Intern Seminars EDUU 580 Education Specialist Intern Seminar A 2 EDUU 581 Education Specialist Intern Seminar B 2 Clinical Practice Subtotals* 10-12
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