Added Emphasis Education Specialist Credential, Mild/Moderate

Added Emphasis Education Specialist Credential – Mild/Moderate

This program is designed specifically for current California teachers who have already achieved their Preliminary Education Specialist credential in moderate/severe and wish to further expand their expertise in the field. 

Program Overview

The Added Emphasis Education Specialist Credential, Mild/Moderate, in accordance with CTC standards, offers holders of a preliminary education specialist credential the opportunity to complete the mild/moderate preliminary specialty area program. You will learn advanced methods and strategies for teaching students with mild to moderate learning, developmental and behavior disabilities.

As a student, you will:

  • Integrate skills and knowledge with multidisciplinary teams that include families/guardians/caregivers, community members and educational personnel.
  • Demonstrate professional practices and attitudes that reflect the value of and knowledge about children and families from diverse backgrounds and experiences.
  • Implement and promote evidence-based and multifaceted teaching methodologies and strategies to meet students’ individualized needs.
  • Analyze, select and use formal and informal assessments that are appropriate for each child’s culture, language and unique learning needs. 
  • Incorporate assessment results for IEP/IFSP/ITP development, Response to Intervention (RTI), instruction and interventions.
  • Implement positive behavior supports, social skills instruction and an environmental arrangement to support developmentally appropriate social and educational behaviors.
  • 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 must complete the formal application process with all required documents, which include:

  1. Official (sealed) transcripts indicating a conferred Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
  2. Statement of Intent
  3. Recommendation for Teacher Preparation Candidates Forms (3)
  4. Proof of a passing score on the California Basic Education Skills Test (CBEST) or any CTC approved basic skills tests
  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.

Admission Grade Point Average (GPA) Requirements:

  • Applicants to a credential program must possess a 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): achieve the required minimum scores on two out of the three subsections. The minimum acceptable score for the Quantitative section is 141. The minimum acceptable score for the Verbal section is 150. 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 pass all subtests of the appropriate California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET).

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 current letters of reference attesting to the candidate’s ability to complete graduate coursework. The letters cannot be older than two years from the date of application.
  5. A letter of support from the local campus education committee. The committee must have three members and must include one full-time 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 Master's degree programs

 

Emphasis Course (3 credits)

EDUU 519 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 3

 

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

EDTU 572 Directed Teaching I Mild/Moderate 3
EDUU 544 Student Teaching Seminar I 2
EDTU 592 Directed Teaching II, Mild/Moderate  3
EDUU 545 Student Teaching Seminar II 2

 

Total Credits (not including Prerequisites) 16
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