This program prepares candidates to teach children and conduct educational assessments for grades k – 12, and up to age 22. The Education Specialist Preliminary - Moderate/Severe Disabilities 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 (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.
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. At Brandman University, this refers to those who were admitted to the Preliminary Education Specialist Credential, mild/moderate or moderate/severe with EL Authorization, in Fall 2010 or later.
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.
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|