Introduction

Integrated Credential Program (ICP)

The Integrated Credential Program provides students with a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a major in Liberal Studies from the College of Humanities, Arts, Behavioral & Social Sciences and a Multiple Subject Credential from the School of Education. The Integrated Credential Program consists of  themed semesters of upper-division and post-baccalaureate courses that are taken across the colleges. It includes all the upper division courses required for the Bachelor of Arts Degree with a Major in Liberal Studies and all the coursework required for a Multiple Subject Credential from the School of Education.

Each semester students take 9-15 units of required core courses as a cohort.  The core courses are offered in blocks each semester, and students take all courses in the block. The core courses include subject matter courses required for the Liberal Studies Major paired with the appropriate pedagogy courses for the Multiple Subject Credential. The underlying principle of the Integrated Program is for students to study subject matter during the same semester as they study how to teach that subject matter.

Middle Level Credential

The Multiple Subject with Middle Level Certificate Teacher Education Program (“Middle Level Program”) is designed to prepare teachers to work with young adolescents in grades 5-9. Graduates of the program will hold a Multiple Subject Credential with Authorization to Teach English Learners as well as a Certificate of Advanced Study in Middle Level Education. The Middle Level Program provides the candidate with the flexibility to teach in elementary and middle schools.

The Middle Level Program provides focused preparation in teaching, learning and schooling for youngsters in the middle grades. Coursework is taught at a middle school site with class sessions and assignments geared to the particular needs of middle school teachers and learners. Clinical Practice is planned and coordinated with a small number of partner middle schools. Supervision of the teacher candidates is the shared responsibility of a university faculty advisor (a teaching team member assigned to one school) and an on-site supervisor at the middle school (a full-time teacher at the site).

Multiple Subject (Elementary) Credential

Full-time Multiple Subject Credential Program with Authorization to Teach English Learners

The Multiple Subject Credential Program is designed to prepare teachers to work with students in grades K-12 with responsibility for all subject areas in a self-contained and core classroom. Teachers holding a Multiple Subject Credential are most often assigned to preschool and elementary school classrooms.

This program has been specifically designed to prepare teachers for the diversity of languages often encountered in California public school classrooms. The Authorization to Teach English Learners is met through the infusion of content and experiences within the Multiple Subject Program, as well as additional coursework. Students successfully completing this program receive the Preliminary Multiple Subject Credential with Authorization to Teach English Learners.

A two semester program, the Multiple Subject Program provides coursework in learning and instruction, content area methodology correlated with field experiences and clinical practice in conjunction with the Authorization to Teach English Learners. The School of Education is specifically committed to providing students with opportunities to learn innovative teaching practices and put these methods to work with children.

Part-time Multiple Subject Credential Program with Authorization to Teach English Learners

The Part-time Multiple Subject Credential Program is intended for those students who are unable to pursue a full-time program. The curriculum is the same as the full-time program, except that three courses are offered in the first and third semesters of coursework while two courses are offered in the second semester of coursework. Clinical Practice I and II occur in the fourth semester of the program.  Therefore, the Multiple Subject part-time program is delivered in 4 consecutive semesters. The part-time program is offered as an evening program.

Single Subject (Secondary) Credential

Single subject (high school) teacher education candidates enroll in a program designed to prepare them to teach students in grades nine through twelve. Upon completion of the program, candidates receive a Preliminary Single Subject Credential. In the two-semester curriculum, candidates take courses in teaching and learning in high schools, discipline and interdisciplinary specific methods, and multilingual/multicultural education. Coursework is taught by a team of instructors with class sessions and assignments geared to the particular needs of high school teachers and learners. The teaching team consists of faculty from the College of Education, Health and Human Services and they are assisted by educators from North County High Schools who share expertise and experiences and model exemplary practices for high schools.

North County high schools serve as sites for Clinical Practices. Supervision of the teacher candidates is a shared responsibility of a University faculty advisor and an on-site supervisor (a full time teacher at the high school level). Two different opportunities constitute the clinical practice--one at the ninth/tenth grade level and one at the eleventh/twelfth grade level. Within these experiences there will be opportunities to practice teach a variety of subjects to diverse student populations with varying ability levels. In addition, teacher candidates will be encouraged to participate in school faculty activities outside of the classroom in order to gain both experience and expertise in the organization and decision making characteristic of the high school culture.

Another important aspect of the Single Subject Credential Program is the acquisition of and Authorization to Teach English Learners. Requirements are met through the infusion of content and experience not only through the specific courses, but also during the clincial practice experience in order to better serve the needs of students from diverse language and cultural backgrounds often encountered in classrooms.

Successful completion of the program results in issuance of a Preliminary 5-year credential. New 2042 Standards require employment as a full-time teacher and completion of an induction program to qualify for the Professional Clear Credential.

Concurrent Preliminary Mild/Moderate and Moderate/Severe Education Specialist with Preliminary Multiple Subject Credentials

Concurrent candidates receive both the Preliminary Multiple Subject and Preliminary Mild/Moderate Education Specialist I credentials with the option to complete the Preliminary Moderate/Severe Education Specialist credential. The authorization to teach English Learners is met through the infusion of content and clinical experiences.  A bilingual authorization may be added to the Multiple Subject credential for qualified candidates.

The Preliminary Mild/Moderate and Moderate/Severe Education Specialist credentials together encompass competencies to address the full range of student differences.  Both the Mild/Moderate and Moderate/Severe credentials authorize the provision of services to individuals in grades K through 12, and adults through age 22 with identified disabilities.  The Mild/Moderate Education Specialist credential authorizes instruction of students with a primary disability of Autism Spectrum Disorder, Emotional Disturbance, Mild/Moderate Mental Retardation, Other Health Impairment (e.g. Attention Deficit Disorder) or Specific Learning Disability, The Preliminary Moderate/Severe Education Specialist credential authorizes instruction of students with a primary disability of Autism Spectrum Disorder, Deaf-Blindness, Emotional Disturbance, Moderate/Severe Mental Retardation, or Multiple Disabilities.

Candidates who successfully complete all of the Concurrent Multiple Subject Courses, both Concurrent Multiple Subject Clinical Practice experiences, the RICA and TPA assessments, and other credential requirements may be awarded the Preliminary Multiple Subject credential and apply for admission to the Special Education Master of Art option to complete remaining Education Specialist courses and clinical practice experiences as Master of Arts in Education’s candidates.

All teachers earning a Preliminary Education Special credential must clear the credential within five years of the credential issuance date by obtaining a Clear Education Specialist credential through a CTC-approved clear credential program sponsor (e.g., district BTSA/induction program, university, or County Office of Education. Please see the CTC website for a list of currently approved sponsors. CSUSM does not currently offer the Clear Education Specialist Credential.

Preliminary Mild/Moderate and/or Moderate/Severe Credential

The Preliminary Education Specialist Mild/Moderate and Moderate/Severe Disabilities Education Specialist “Add-on” program is designed for teachers who have completed a basic (e.g. Multiple or Single Subject) credential program and have satisfied the California subject matter competence requirement.

This credential program prepares teachers in advanced skills to instruct students in grades K through 12 and adults through age 22 with identified disabilities. The Preliminary Mild/Moderate Education Specialist credential authorizes instruction of students with a primary disability of Autism Spectrum Disorder, Emotional Disturbance, Mild/Moderate Mental Retardation, Other Health Impairment (e.g. Attention Deficit Disorder), or Specific Learning Disability. The Preliminary Moderate/Severe Education Specialist credential authorizes instruction of students with a primary disability of Autism Spectrum Disorder, Deaf-Blindness, Emotional Disturbance, Moderate/Severe Mental Retardation, or Multiple Disabilities. Both credentials authorize instruction for English Learners (EL). The authorization to teach EL is met through coursework and clinical experiences.

 “Add-On” credential applicants are strongly encouraged to apply for admission to the Master of Arts in Education program with a special education emphasis.

Master of Arts in Education - Communicative Sciences & Disorders Option

The MA in Education degree with the Option in Communicative Sciences and Disorders program will prepare students for practice in the field of speech-language pathology. Graduate students will develop skills and knowledge in all aspects of practice related to:

•Assessment and treatment of individuals across the lifespan with a broad array of communication and swallowing disorders, including: articulation, phonological, fluency, voice, motor speech, language, dysphagia and cognitive-linguistic disorders.
•Response-to-Intervention and Relationship-based Intervention approaches to treating individuals with communication disorders.
•Counseling, augmentative communication and aural rehabilitation
•Evidenced-based practice in the field

PROGRAM AT A GLANCE

•Cohort based program with new cohorts beginning each Fall
•75-unit program designed to be completed in 5 consecutive semesters (including summer term)
•Program is geared toward practice in the public schools while ensuring competencies for the full scope of the profession
•Program utilizes the latest technology in speech language pathology
•Includes 400 hours of supervised hours in speech language pathology in community based practice to prepare participants for their career
•After successfully completing all of these components, the candidate will be eligible for state licensure, CTC credentialing and ASHA certification.

Master of Arts in Education - General Option

Master of Arts in Education-General Option program allows the MA student to customize their experience through choosing courses that meet their individual needs.  In the General Option in Education, students must complete the following requirements:   the core coursework (9 units), which includes a multicultural education course (EDUC 602 or EDAD 610), a research methods course (EDUC 622) and a culminating experience course (EDUC 698); and 21 units of 600-level elective courses selected to best suit student interests and goals, and successful completion of a culminating experience.  You are required to complete English Learner competencies (e.g. SB2042 credential, B/CLAD emphasis, CLAD certificate and English Learner Emphasis) as part of the MA in Education.

Literacy Education - An Advanced Credential Program and an Area within the General Education Option

Literacy Education offers a variety of courses which are open to any student pursuing the Masters of Arts in Education at the School of Education Cal State San Marcos.  Literacy Education is an area under the General Option from which students can choose their elective courses. Several of the courses in Literacy Education fulfill CTEL standards that students can use for the CTEL (CLAD) authorization.  Literacy Education has a generative and collaborative relationship with the San Marcos Writing Project (SMWP).

In general, courses in Literacy Education prepare teachers with knowledge applicable in subject matter across the curriculum about current reading and writing theory, research and pedagogy, literacy development and learning, children’s and adolescent literature, curriculum development and assessment in literacy.  Specifically, Literacy Education offers students a collection of courses that they can take to earn an advanced credential approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing: a state issued Reading Certificate and/or a state issued Reading/Language Arts Specialist Credential.
 
The Reading Certificate authorizes teachers to provide services at the grade levels allowed by their prerequisite teaching credential to assess student reading, to provide reading instruction in response to those assessments, to develop, implement and adapt the reading content curriculum and assist classroom teachers in these areas in one or more school sites.  The Reading/Language Arts Specialist Credential authorizes teachers to provide services as a reading specialist in any grade level K -12 to assist and support the classroom teacher in reading instruction and teaching strategies; to select and adapt reading instruction materials; to plan and conduct reading staff development; to assess student programs and monitor student achievement in reading; to provide direct reading intervention work with students; and to develop and coordinate reading programs at school, district or county levels.

Both the Reading Certificate and Reading Specialist Credential require a valid teaching credential, obtained prior to coursework, AND three (3) years of successful full-time teaching experience, which can be obtained while completing coursework.

Master of Arts in Education - Preliminary Special Education Credential

The Master of Arts in Education Preliminary Special Education Credential option is designed for teachers who hold a valid basic teaching credential and who are seeking both a master’s degree and a career path in special education by adding on the Preliminary Mild/Moderate with the option to complete the Preliminary Moderate/Severe Education Specialist credential.

The Preliminary Mild/Moderate Education Specialist credential authorizes instruction of students with a primary disability of Autism Spectrum Disorder, Emotional Disturbance, Mild/Moderate Mental Retardation, Other Health Impairment (e.g. Attention Deficit Disorder), or Specific Learning Disability. The Preliminary Moderate/Severe Education Specialist credential authorizes instruction of students with a primary disability of Autism Spectrum Disorder, Deaf-Blindness, Emotional Disturbance, Moderate/Severe Mental Retardation, or Multiple Disabilities. Both credentials authorize instruction for English Learners (EL). The authorization to teach EL is met through coursework and clinical.

All teachers earning a Preliminary Education Special credential must clear the credential within five years of the credential issuance date by obtaining a Clear Education Specialist credential through a CTC-approved clear credential program sponsor (e.g., district BTSA/Induction program, university, or County Office of Education). Please see the CTC website for a list of currently approved sponsors. CSUSM does not currently offer the Clear Education Specialist credential.

Doctor of Education - Educational Leadership

The Joint Ed.D. in Educational Leadership is offered through a partnership of California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) and University of California, San Diego (UCSD). It is designed as a professional degree for P-12 school and postsecondary leaders who will develop advanced leadership and research skills related to the advancement of the P-12 educational community. Fifteen to twenty new graduate students will be admitted each year. The program is designed for the working professional educator who will attend classes on weeknights and weekends. The program is designed to be completed in 36 months. This program views the students' workplace as a powerful laboratory for their own study. Students will conduct research on professional practice within their own institutions, addressing specific local problems that have national implications for teaching and learning, school reform, and professional development. Students completing the program will receive a joint degree from UCSD and CSUSM.