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Preliminary Early Childhood Special Education Teaching Credential

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

The 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 Brandman University teaching credential provides 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.


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    Admission Requirements

    Applicants to the teaching credential program must complete the formal application process with all required documents, which include:

    • Completed application
    • Statement of Intent
    • Three recommendation forms
    • GPA: Meet 1 of these 3 GPA options for admission
    • Official transcripts showing a conferred Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
    • Proof of a passing score on the CBEST or any CTC approved basic skills tests
    California Residency

    The teaching credential program is only available to California residents

    Letter of Good Standing

    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

    Graduate Level Exams

    Candidates interested in the following credentials: Education Specialist, single subject or multiple subject teaching credentials, must prove subject matter competency by providing evidence that they have registered for, taken or passed the appropriate subject matter examination (CSET) prior to admission to the program


    Program Curriculum

    • PSYU 323 Child Development


      ECED 303 Integrated Learning Standards in Early Childhood Settings: Language & Literacy


      ECED 330 Dual Language Learners and Their Families


      Total Credits


    • EDUU 510  Introduction to Teaching


      EDUU 511  Collaboration For Inclusive Schooling


      EDUU 512  The Art & Craft of Teaching


      EDUU 602  Positive Behavior Supports


      EDUU 603  Instructional Supports for Communication, Language and Literacy


      Core Subtotal


      Emphasis Area


      EDUU 639  Pedagogical Leadership in Early Childhood Education


      EDUU 665  Historical, Phil, and Legal Foundations of Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education


      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 669  Consultation and Advanced Strategies in Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education


      Emphasis Area Subtotal


      Clinical Practice


      EDTU 594  Directed Teaching: Early Childhood Special Education (Infants and Toddlers)


      EDUU 544  Student Teaching Seminar I


      EDTU 595  Directed Teaching: Early Childhood Special Education (Preschool)


      EDUU 545  Student Teaching Seminar II


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      Total Credits


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