Teaching Credential, Preliminary, Moderate/Severe

Preliminary Education Specialist - Moderate/Severe Credential

This program prepares candidates to teach children and conduct educational assessments for K-12 students, and up to age 22. The Education Specialist Preliminary - Moderate/Severe credential focuses on individuals with moderate to low functioning autism, moderate/severe intellectual limitations, emotional disturbances, and multiple disabilities.

Credential courses and fieldwork experiences are aligned with the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) Teacher Performance Expectations and reflect current research in education and best practices. Candidates utilize Common Core and other state content standards to design engaging lessons and develop skills in planning and differentiating instruction, classroom management, and assessment.

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.

Admission Requirements

Applicants intending on enrolling in this program, whether online or on campus, must be California residents and and must complete the formal application process with all required documents, which include:

  1. Statement of Intent
  2. Recommendation for Teacher Preparation Candidates Form (3)
  3. Proof of a passing score on the California Basic Education Skills Test (CBEST) or any CTC approved basic skills tests is required for admission to all credential programs.
  4. Providing evidence that they have registered for, have taken or have passed the appropriate subject matter examination (CSET) prior to admission to the program.
  5. Letter of Good Standing: Applicants transferring from another institution's credential program must supply a letter from that institution's Education Department attesting to the applicant's good standing in their program. Such a letter should be written on institutional letterhead by the dean, the department chair, the director of teacher education, or some other person in a similar position.

Option: Adding a mild/moderate or moderate/severe Preliminary Education Specialist Credential, 2009-2010 CTC Standards, to an existing Preliminary Education Specialist Credential, 2009-2010 CTC Standards.

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

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 courses other than prerequisites, until successful completion of an entrance examination:
    • Graduate Record Examination (GRE): any two of the three GRE scores (Verbal, Quantitative or Analytical Writing) may be used to meet credential program admissions standard. The minimum acceptable score for the Verbal and Quantitative sections is 450. The minimum acceptable score for the Analytic Writing is 4.5.
    • Miller Analogies Test (MAT): achieve a minimum scaled score of 403.
    • Subject Matter Competency Examinations: successfully complete all subtests of the appropriate California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET). Exceptions are Foundational Level General Math where only subtests I and II are required and Foundational Level General Science where only subtests I and II are required.

Exceptional Admit:

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:

  1. Petition for exceptional admission.
  2. Letter from the candidate specifying exceptional admission criteria and how those criteria have been met.
  3. Passing scores on CBEST and passing scores on one of the approved graduate admission exams listed above.
  4. Three letters of reference.
  5. A letter of support from the local campus education committee. The panel has three members and must include one faculty member.

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

Prerequisites (11 credits)

EDUU 395 Education Field Experience 3
PSYU 323 Child Development 3
EDUU 413/513 Student Health and Safety 2
EDUU 451/551* Educational Application of Computers I 3

* A waiver of the technology requirement may be granted based on successful completion of the CSET Educational Technology Exam, documentation of completion of regular education computers in education coursework from an accredited college or university, or the submission of an electronic portfolio (under certain conditions).

 

Core Courses (21 credits)

EDUU 510 Introduction to Teaching 3
EDUU 511 Collaboration for Inclusive Schooling 3
EDUU 512 The Art and Craft of Teaching 3
EDUU 649 Data-Based Decision Making in Special Education 3
EDUU 602 Positive Behavior Supports 3
EDUU 603 Instructional Supports for Communication, Language, and Literacy 3
EDUU 655 IEP Development and Special Education Law 3

 

Literacy Content (6 credits)

EDMU 520 Literacy and Language in K-8 Classrooms I 3
EDMU 521 Literacy and Language in K-8 Classrooms I 3
or EDSU 532 Effective Literacy for Single Subject Candidates 3

 

Emphasis Course (3 credits)

EDUU 519 Teaching Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities 3
or EDUU 560 Teaching Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities 3

 

General Education Elective (3 credits)

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

 

Fieldwork/Student Teaching (6 credits)

EDTU 591 Supported Teaching, Moderate/Severe 3
EDTU 593 Directed Teaching, Moderate/Severe 3

 

Total Credits (not including Prerequisites) 9-12
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