Added Emphasis Education Specialist Credential, Moderate/Severe

Added Emphasis Education Specialist Credential – Moderate/Severe

This program is designed specifically for current California teachers who have already achieved their Preliminary Education Specialist credential and wish to further expand their expertise in the field. In accordance with CTC standards, the program offers holders of a clear education specialist credential the opportunity to complete another preliminary specialty area program to add to their clear credential.

Students in the Added Emphasis Education Specialist Credential will learn advanced methods and strategies for teaching students with moderate to severe learning, development and behavior disabilities.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Collaboration: Integrate skills and knowledge related to understanding appropriate collaborative partnerships with multidisciplinary teams that include families/guardians/caregivers, community members, and educational personnel.
  • Diversity: Demonstrate professional practices and attitudes that reflect value of and knowledge about children and families from diverse backgrounds and experiences.
  • Instruction: Implement and promote evidence-based and multifaceted teaching methodologies and strategies, including those incorporating appropriate technology to meet students’ individualized needs.
  • Assessment: Critically analyze, select, and use formal and informal assessments that are appropriate for each child’s culture, language and unique learning needs. Candidates will incorporate assessment results for IEP/IFSP/ITP development, Response to Intervention (RTI), instruction, and interventions.
  • Behavioral Strategies: Implement Positive Behavior Supports, social skills instruction, and environmental arrangement to support developmentally appropriate social and educational behaviors.
  • Clinical Practice: Apply subject matter pedagogical skills in authentic settings.

Valid Preliminary or Clear Education Specialist Credential, mild/moderate or moderate/severe with EL Authorization based on 2009 CTC Program Standards.

Up to 3 credits of General Education Elective may be waived or transferred into program. Three credits of Directed Teaching 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 their portfolio to their faculty advisor for evaluation upon meeting all other program requirements.

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 3


General Education Elective (3 credits)

EDUU 511, EDUU 512, EDUU 570, EDUU 599, EDUU 609, EDMU 520, EDMU 521, EDSU 532 3


Clinical Practice (10 credits) in Moderate/Severe setting for those seeking a Moderate/Severe Credential

EDTU 573 Directed Teaching I Moderate/Severe and EDUU 544 Student Teaching Seminar I 3, 2
EDTU 593 Directed Teaching II, Moderate/Severe and EDUU 545 Student Teaching Seminar II 3, 2


Total Credits (not including prerequisites) 16
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