Added Emphasis Education Specialist Credential, Moderate/Severe

Added Emphasis Education Specialist Credential – Moderate/Severe

This program is designed specifically for current California teachers who have already achieved their Preliminary Education Specialist credential and wish to further expand their expertise in the field. In accordance with CTC standards, the program offers holders of a clear education specialist credential the opportunity to complete another preliminary specialty area program to add to their clear credential.

Students in the Added Emphasis Education Specialist Credential will learn advanced methods and strategies for teaching students with moderate to severe learning, development and behavior disabilities.

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 must complete the formal application process with all required documents, which include:

  1. Official (sealed) transcripts indicating the Bachelor's degree conferred
  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 is required for admission to all credential programs. Multiple Subject candidates may use the passage of the Multiple Subject CSET (all four subsets) in place of the CBEST.
  5. Providing evidence that they have registered for, have taken or have passed the appropriate subject matter examination (CSET) prior to admission to the program. Single Subject candidates may submit verification of completion of a subject matter preparation program in the appropriate subject matter to meet this requirement. (This is not a requirement for the Early Childhood Special Education Credential)
  6. 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.

Adding a Mild/Moderate or Moderate/Severe Options to an Existing Credential 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 and an Autism Authorization. This program is not available to candidates who hold only a Level 1 credential.

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 pass 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 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
or EDUU 560 Teaching Students with Moderate/Severe 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 Moderate/Severe setting for those seeking a Moderate/Severe Credential

EDTU 573 Directed Teaching I Moderate/Severe and EDUU 544 Student Teaching Seminar I 3, 2
EDTU 593 Directed Teaching II, Moderate/Severe and EDUU 545 Student Teaching Seminar II 3, 2

 

Total Credits (not including prerequisites) 16
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