This program builds on the knowledge gained during a student's Level I training to help pave the way for further professional growth. In the Level II Education Specialist Professional Moderate/Severe Credential program students learn advanced special education methods through coursework the development of a career portfolio.
Credential courses are aligned with the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) Teacher Performance Expectations and reflect current research in education and best practices. Candidates utilize Common Core Standards and other state content standards to design engaging lessons and develop skills in planning and differentiating instruction, classroom management, and assessment.
Applicants must complete the formal application process and all required documents, which include:
Applicants seeking one or more of these teaching credential must make formal application to the teacher credential program before beginning any coursework other than prerequisites.
Admission Grade Point Average (GPA) Requirements:
Applicants to a credential program must possess a grade point average of 2.75 (GPA) calculated over the most recent 30 graded semester (45 quarter) credits completed in either a baccalaureate or post baccalaureate program, including credits earned toward a credential. All credits used for GPA calculation must be from a regionally accredited institution.
Applicants to the Single Subject or Education Specialist Credential program who are using an academic major or coursework for subject matter competency must also have a cumulative grade point average of 2.75 in their major field to be admitted.
Applicants with GPAs between 2.50* and 2.74 can qualify for admission to a credential program by earning a passing score on one of the qualifying examinations listed below. A passing score will fulfill both the admission and the major grade point average requirements. Applicants may not enroll in any 500 level course other than prerequisites, until successful completion of an entrance examination:
Multiple and Single Subject, and Education Specialist applicants with a GPA lower than 2.5 may, under certain conditions, petition for admission consideration under an “exceptional admit” category. Applicants must have passed the CBEST and one of the approved graduate admission examinations specified in number 6 above to be considered for an “exceptional admit”. The School of Education encourages applicants to take the appropriate Subject Matter Competency Examination as a way to demonstrate suitability for admission to a credential program. To petition for admission candidates must submit all required admission documents specified in #1 above and each of following:
Applicants who choose to enroll in these credential programs have the option of completing their programs in a "credential only" format, or, if they meet graduate degree admission criteria in a Master of Arts in Teaching format (please see MAT degree program for details).
*Students admitted to credential programs are not automatically admitted to graduate degree programs.
Please note: Admissions to the Level II program will cease as of August, 2014. Eligible candidates are those with a Level I or Certificate of Eligibility, Education Specialist, mild/moderate and/or moderate/severe credential. Admission to the Level II Education Specialist Professional Credential, 1997 CTC Standards Program must occur no later than 120 days following initial employment on the Preliminary (Level I) Credential. Candidates with an Education Specialist, Level I credential have up to five years to complete the Level II Credential Program and file for a Clear Credential.
Candidates must provide proof of two years of employment at the time of the Level II recommendation as a full-time special education teacher in the disability area (Mild/Moderate or Moderate/Severe) authorized by their level I credential area to be eligible to file for the Level II credential. One year of experience under an intern credential in the disability area may be counted.
|EDUU 687*||Professional Induction Planning and Assessment||3|
|CSPU 639||Advanced Positive Behavioral Supports||3|
|Advanced Assessment and Instructional Strategies for Persons with Mild/Moderate Disabilities
Seminar in Instructional Supports for Persons with Moderate/Severe Disabilities
|EDUU 650||Transitions Across the Life Span||3|
|EDUU 688||Professional Induction Planning and Assessment||3|
This course must initially be completed prior to enrolling in any other Level II courses and while the candidate is teaching at least half time in a special education classroom
|Total credits (not including prerequisites)||15-18|