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Education Specialist Credential Programs


California credential programs, approved by the commission on teacher credentialing (CTC), authorize the granting of special education credentials as “basic” credentials rather than as an addition to the multiple or single subject credential. The approved program at California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA) includes the following programs:

  • Intern Credentials in Special Education
  • Preliminary Education Specialist Credentials
  • Clear (Induction) Education Specialist Credentials
  • Added authorizations (see advisor for complete listing of approved added authorizations offered)
  • Specialist Program combined with a Master of Arts Degree in Special Education

Standards for the English language authorization are embedded in the preliminary education specialist programs and are approved by the CTC for the following authorization:
The credential completed under these requirements will authorize the holder to provide the following services to English learners: (1) instruction for English language development; and (2) specially designed content instruction delivered in English.

All education specialist credential program options address the continuum of service delivery:
The continuum includes: general education settings; resource rooms or services; special education settings; special schools; home/hospital settings; correctional facilities; non-public, non-sectarian schools and agencies as defined in education code sections 56365 and 56366; and alternative and non-traditional instructional public school settings other than classrooms.
 

The following material provides general credential information. Students must also attend a froup advisement session, read the advisement material of the Division of Special Education and Counseling and consult with an faculty adviser.

NOTE: Candidates are responsible for examinations required for the credential by the state of California (e.g., CBEST, CSET, RICA) and should review the CTC website at www.ctc.ca.gov for current requirements or consult with an advisor for current policies.

Education Specialist Credential Program Areas

Early Childhood Special Education : (ECSE):

Authorization
The Education Specialist Instruction Credential: Early Childhood Special Education authorizes the holder to conduct assessments, provide instruction, and special education related services to children from birth through pre-kindergarten, with a primary disability of specific learning disabilities, mild/moderate mental retardation, traumatic brain injury, other health impairment, autism spectrum disorders, moderate/severe mental retardation, deaf-blindness, serious emotional disturbance, and multiple disabilities in services across the continuum of program
options available.

Mild/Moderate Disabilities : (MM):

Authorization
The Education Specialist Instruction Credential: Mild/Moderate Disabilities authorizes the holder to conduct assessments, provide instruction, and special education related services to individuals with a primary disability of specific learning disabilities, mild/moderate mental retardation, other health impairment, emotional disturbance, and autism spectrum disorders within the disability area, in kindergarten, grades 1 through 12, and classes organized primarily for adults in services across the continuum of program options available.

Moderate/severe Disabilities : (MS):

Authorization
The Education Specialist Instruction Credential: Moderate/Severe Disabilities authorizes the holder to conduct assessments, provide instruction, and special education related services to individuals with a primary disability of autism, moderate/severe mental retardation, deaf-blind, emotional disturbance, and multiple disabilities, in kindergarten, grades 1 through 12 to age 22, and classes organized primarily for adults in services across the continuum of program options available.

Physical and Health Impairments : (PHI):

Authorization
The Education Specialist Instruction Credential: Physical and Health Impairments authorizes the holder to conduct assessments, provide instruction, and special education related services to individuals with a primary disability of orthopedic impairment, other health impairment, multiple disabilities, traumatic brain injury, and autism spectrum disorders within the disability area, from birth through to age 22, and classes organized primarily for adults in services across the continuum of program options available.

Visual Impairments and Blindness :  (VI):

Authorization
The Education Specialist Instruction Credential: Visual Impairments authorizes the holder to conduct assessments, provide instruction, and special education related services to individuals with a primary disability of visual impairment including blind, deaf-blind, and autism spectrum disorders within the disability area, from birth through age 22, and classes organized primarily for adults in services across the continuum of program options available.

The Division of Special Education and Counseling also offers:

The Clinical Rehabilitative Services Credential:

Orientation and Mobility for the Blind : The Clinical Rehabilitative Services Credential: Orientation and Mobility (O&M) Provides blind, visually impaired and deaf-blind individuals with age-appropriate, hands-on experiences in natural travel settings to assist in the development of a meaningful conceptual understanding of home, school and community environment. the orientation and mobility (O&M) services credential authorizes the holder to provide services to students to allow them to learn how to navigate their environment and become independent travelers. The training prepares individuals to work with children birth — 22 years and adults who have visual impairments and blindness, including individuals with additional disabilities.

Admission to Credential Programs

All students who plan to enter a program for one of the Education Specialist credentials must apply for admission to the university and the Charter College of Education Credential Program. Students in upper division standing at CSULA are eligible to apply and enter the program. Credential candidates must attend a group advisement session prior to admission to the program.
(Students apply directly to the Orientation & Mobility program for admissions to the Clinical Rehabilitative Services Credential and MA degree program).

Conditional Admission Requirements for Education Specialist Credential Programs

Admission requirements are based on Title 5, California Code of Regulations, University regulations, and Charter College of Education (CCOE) policies. Requirements for conditional admission to The Education Specialist Credential programs include the following:

  • Application to the California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA)
  • Minimum 2.75 GPA in the last 90 quarter units or 60 semester units
  • CCOE application for admission
  • Official transcripts
  • Strong and supportive letters of recommendation
  • A well written and meaningful philosophy of education statement
  • Verification of negative TB test taken within one year before completion of directed teaching by a personal physician or at CSULA Health Center.
  • Background clearance from the California commission on teacher credentialing (CCTC)Proof of completion or attempt of Basic Skills Requirement (BSR) through one of the following:
    • Proof of attempt of all three sections of the CBEST
    • Passing scores from the CSET: writing skills test
    • Program (EAP), English and Math, or CSU English placement (EPT) and entry level mathematics (ELM) test
    • Proof of passage of CTC approved out-of-state basic skills exam
    • Completion of other required CTC exams and procedures as applicable

Eligible applicants are initially admitted to the charter college of education with conditions, but in order to continue in the education specialist credential program, they must satisfy the following criteria.

  • Completion of EDSP 300  or equivalent, (with verification of completion of 45 hours of early field experience, signed and approved by the instructor) or holding a valid California Teaching/Service credential
  • Completion of successful oral interview and program planning sheet for each credential objective.

  • Interview with and recommendation for admission to the teaching credential by the admission committee (if applicable)
  • Verification of speech proficiency as demonstrated through one of the following:

    • A grade of C or better in COMM 150  or an equivalent public speaking course

    • Demonstration of competence in COMM 151– Speech Proficiency for Teachers

  • Verification of writing proficiency through one of the following:
    • Successful completion of UNIV 400 or UNIV 401
    • Graduate students may meet this requirement with a score of 41 or higher on the writing section of the CBEST and must show their original CBEST scores to the staff in the office of student services for verification
    • Acceptable alternative by petition

NOTE: Students in Early Childhood Special Education must have an undergraduate degree in Child Development or equivalent and experience with children under the age of five (as determined by faculty adviser).

Admission Requirements for Intern Credential Programs

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Admission to the Education Specialist Credential program.
  • Completion of Basic Skills Requirement (BSR).
  • Pass UNIV 400 , the Writing Proficiency Examination (WPE), a score of 41 or better on the writing section of the CBEST examination, or acceptable alternative by petition.

  • Verification of completion of POLS 150 , equivalent course, approved US Constitution exam.
  • Verification of completion of COMM 150  or equivalent.
  • Employment or offer of employment by a school district with a partnership agreement with CSULA.
  • Interview with and recommendation for admission by Division of Special Education and Counseling intern advisor.
  • Subject matter competency as demonstrated by an approved B.A. degree program or by CTC approved examination (E.G. CSET) and successful completion of EDSP 300  and EDSP 400  or valid preliminary or clear Multiple Subjects or Single Subjects Credential. Note: early childhood special education (ECSE) candidates are not required to take a subject matter examination; ECSE candidates demonstrate subject matter competency through completion of a child development undergraduate major or equivalent and must complete EDSP 300  and EDSP 400 .
  • Application to the CTC (through the Charter College of Education office of Student Services) for the intern credential.

Directed Teaching Information

Directed Teaching, which includes both early directed teaching and final directed teaching, is one of the most important phases of teacher education at CSULA. Candidates are not automatically admitted to early or final directed teaching by completion of course work alone; they must fulfill the following criteria:

  • Admission to the Education Specialist Credential program.
  • Application for directed teaching by posted application deadline (Wednesday of second week of quarter preceding the assignment).
  • Attendance at scheduled Special Education Directed Teaching Orientation meeting during quarter preceding the assignment.
  • Subject matter competency as outlined by the CTC [i.e., demonstrated by an approved B.A. degree program or by CTC approved examination (e.g. CSET)]. NOTE: Enrollment priority for early fieldwork completed in EDSP 407  and EDSP 489  is given to students who demonstrate subject matter competency by undergraduate waiver program or exam. NOTE: Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) candidates are not required to take a subject matter examination; ECSE candidates demonstrate subject matter competency through completion of a Child Development Undergraduate major or equivalent.
  • A minimum B (3.0) grade point average and grades of c or higher are required in all professional education courses.
  • Verification of completion of basic skills requirement.
  • Verification of negative TB test taken within one year before completion of directed teaching by a personal physician or at CSULA Health Center.

Students who meet all of the above criteria and who have completed the prerequisite course work will be approved for directed teaching.

Final Directed Teaching

In addition to the above requirements, enrollment in EDSP 489 - Demonstration of Instructional Competencies  final directed teaching requires a positive recommendation from the university supervisor from early fieldwork and approval of the credential
advisor or the division chair. candidates must also meet all residency requirements. because of the amount of time and work required for final directed teaching, students must restrict the number of additional units in their program (maximum of 4
units) and curtail their out-of-school workload for the duration of such assignments.

Candidates who receive a grade of “SP” in Early Fieldwork (EDSP 407 /489  5-6 units) must enroll in EDSP 407  (12 units) for final directed teaching. Candidates who receive a grade of “NC” in early or final fieldwork (EDSP 407 /489  5-6 OR 12 units – including the learning center) will be required to repeat the experience. Candidates who repeat the early or final fieldwork experience and receive a second grade of “NC” will be exited from the Education Specialist Credential Program.

NOTE: Passage of the Reading Instruction Competence Assessment (RICA) is a requirement for all Education Specialist Credentials (except ECSE) and must be completed prior to application for the credential.

Education Specialist Credentials


Each credential area has core and specialization requirements (including fieldwork) designed specific to the area. for individuals already possessing a valid California teaching credential, please see individual advisors for program requirements.

Early Childhood Special Education


Additional admission/prerequisite requirements:

  • B.A. degree in Child Development or related field.
  • Experience with young children under five years of age.

(Prerequisite courses may be taken as part of the program if approved by the program coordinator. Criteria for approval are based on evaluation of previous coursework and professional experience in Early Childhood programs.)

Preliminary (64 units)


Notes:

* This course is a prerequisite for EDSP 515 and 516
**These two practica may be done in a candidate’s own work setting with approval from credential advisor.

Clear Credential (14 -18 units)

 The induction program incorporates a purposeful, logically sequenced structure of extended preparation and professional development that enhances the participant’s teaching abilities. The program reflects inquiry based methodology and reflective practices, which are embedded in the following requirements.

1. Introductory Seminar (2 units)
EDSP 595A - Seminar: Development of Induction Plan  (2 units)
The Individualized Induction Plan (IIP) is developed collaboratively with employer designee and preparation program designee. A formative assessment system is established.
2. Additional Coursework (10 — 14 units)
Completion of coursework described in IIP. Candidates may select from coursework that will expand skills, lead to added authorizations, or lead to an advanced degree of study.
3. Professional development activities to be completed as designed in the IIP.
4. Culminating Seminar (2 units)
EDSP 595B - Seminar: Assessment of Induction Plan  (2 units)
Culmination of formative assessment process in which standards and evidence of practice are presented and evaluated by IIP team.

Mild/Moderate Disabilities


Preliminary Credential (61-62 units)


Clear Credential (14 -18 units)

The induction program incorporates a purposeful, logically sequenced structure of extended preparation and professional development that enhances the participant’s teaching abilities. The program reflects inquiry based methodology and reflective practices, which are embedded in the following requirements.

1. Introductory Seminar (2 units)
EDSP 595A - Seminar: Development of Induction Plan  (2 units)
The Individualized Induction Plan (IIP) is developed collaboratively with employer designee and preparation program designee. A formative assessment system is established.
2. Additional Coursework (10 — 14 units)
Completion of coursework described in IIP. Candidates may select from coursework that will expand skills, lead to added authorizations, or lead to an advanced degree of study.
3. Professional development activities to be completed as designed in the IIP.
4. Culminating Seminar (2 units)
EDSP 595B - Seminar: Assessment of Induction Plan  (2 units)
Culmination of formative assessment process in which standards and evidence of practice are presented and evaluated by IIP team.

Moderate/Severe Disabilities


Preliminary Credential (65-66 units)


Clear Credential (14 -18 units)

The induction program incorporates a purposeful, logically sequenced structure of extended preparation and professional development that enhances the participant’s teaching abilities. The program reflects inquiry based methodology and reflective practices, which are embedded in the following requirements.

1. Introductory Seminar (2 units)
EDSP 595A - Seminar: Development of Induction Plan  (2 units)
The Individualized Induction Plan (IIP) is developed collaboratively with employer designee and preparation program designee. A formative assessment system is established.
2. Additional Coursework (10 — 14 units)
Completion of coursework described in IIP. Candidates may select from coursework that will expand skills, lead to added authorizations, or lead to an advanced degree of study.
3. Professional development activities to be completed as designed in the IIP.
4. Culminating Seminar (2 units)
EDSP 595B - Seminar: Assessment of Induction Plan  (2 units)
Culmination of formative assessment process in which standards and evidence of practice are presented and evaluated by IIP team.

Physical and Health Impairments


Preliminary Credential (63-64 units)


Clear Credential (14 -18 units)

The induction program incorporates a purposeful, logically sequenced structure of extended preparation and professional development that enhances the participant’s teaching abilities. The program reflects inquiry based methodology and reflective practices, which are embedded in the following requirements.

1. Introductory Seminar (2 units)
EDSP 595A - Seminar: Development of Induction Plan  (2 units)
The Individualized Induction Plan (IIP) is developed collaboratively with employer designee and preparation program designee. A formative assessment system is established.
2. Additional Coursework (10 — 14 units)
Completion of coursework described in IIP. Candidates may select from coursework that will expand skills, lead to added authorizations, or lead to an advanced degree of study.
3. Professional development activities to be completed as designed in the IIP.
4. Culminating Seminar (2 units)
EDSP 595B - Seminar: Assessment of Induction Plan  (2 units)
Culmination of formative assessment process in which standards and evidence of practice are presented and evaluated by IIP team.

Visual Impairments


Preliminary Credential (62-63 units)


Clear Credential (14 -18 units)

The induction program incorporates a purposeful, logically sequenced structure of extended preparation and professional development that enhances the participant’s teaching abilities. The program reflects inquiry based methodology and reflective practices, which are embedded in the following requirements.

1. Introductory Seminar (2 units)
EDSP 595A - Seminar: Development of Induction Plan  (2 units)
The Individualized Induction Plan (IIP) is developed collaboratively with employer designee and preparation program designee. A formative assessment system is established.

2. Specialization Coursework (8 units)
Because of the low incidence and specialized nature of working with students with visual impairments, two advanced preparation courses will be part of the coursework for all students wishing to clear the credential in visual impairments. These advanced specialization courses will meet standards 5 and 6 for the clear credential.
EDSP 567 - Specialized Instructional Strategies for Struggling Readers and English Language Learners Who are Visually Impaired 
EDSP 569 - Specialized Technology for Individuals with Visual Impairments 
3. Additional Coursework (2 — 6 units)
Additional coursework (2 – 6 units) completion of coursework described in IIP. The remaining coursework and/or professional development activities will be individualized to meet candidate needs. Candidates select an additional 2-6 units of coursework to further expand skills, prepare to qualify for added authorizations, or lead to an advanced degree of study.
4. Professional development activities to be completed as designed in the IIP.
5. Culminating Seminar (2 units)
EDSP 595B - Seminar: Assessment of Induction Plan  (2 units)
Culmination of formative assessment process in which standards and evidence of practice are presented and evaluated by IIP team.

Requirements for Eligibility for the Education Specialist Intern Credential


(The Education Specialist Intern Credential is issued for a maximum of 2 years)

Option 1

Candidates who have completed the requirements for a Preliminary or Professional Multiple Subject or Single Subject credential (who have met the admission requirements listed above) may apply for an Education Specialist Intern credential.

Option II

This option is restricted to individuals who are in cohort groups where instruction in the required courses is modified to emphasize the beginning skills that are needed by new teachers and where additional support can be provided to the intern. In this option, EDSP 300  and EDSP 400  are prerequisites for formal admission to the program and for recommendation for the intern credential.

Note 1.


All intern credential students, upon completion of prerequisite courses in either Options I or II should follow the recommended course sequence. Please find a sample sequence of required courses for intern candidates in the Education Specialist Credential Programs at: www.calstatela.edu/spedcredseq. The course sequence outlines how the Level l Education Specialist Credential can be completed in two years.

Education Specialist Minor courses for Education Specialist Intern Credential - Urban Learning major (46 units)


Completion of this minor qualifies students to be eligible for an intern credential with verification of employment from a cooperating school district. For a Preliminary Education Specialist Credential, students must complete additional credential course work in their area of specialization (i.e., mild/moderate disabilities, moderate/severe disabilities, physical and health impairments or visual impairments).

Students must consult a Special Education Credential advisor for specific program requirements.

Required Core Coursework (38 units)

The Clinical Rehabilitative Services Credential: Orientation and Mobility (Visual Impairment and Blindness)


Note:


Note: This service credential program is a Professional Clear Credential and does not utilize the core requirements of the Education Specialist teaching credentials. The basic skills requirement must be met (e.g., CBEST), but the subject matter (e.g. CSET EXAM) and RICA are not required.

Note:


Candidates must earn a grade of “B” or better in each fieldwork class (e.g., EDSP 476B ,

  and EDSP 503 ). Along with meeting all other requirements, candidates must earn a grade of “B” or better in a fieldwork experience with school-age students in order to be recommended for the Clinical Rehabilitative Services Credential in O&M. Candidates who receive a grade of “C” or less in any O&M fieldwork class must complete a written plan for improvement with a faculty advisor and repeat the fieldwork course. Candidates who receive a second grade of “C” in any subsequent fieldwork class will be exited from the credential and master’s degree program.