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Special Education

The School of Education has a variety of options for people seeking a career in Special Education with Mild to Moderate and Extensive Support Needs Education Specialist Instruction Credentials.

All credentials authorize instruction of English learners (ELA, former CLAD). Education Specialist program options approved by the university and the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) are briefly described here.

If you do not have any teacher credentials, Concurrent is the program for you! If you already hold a Multiple Subject or other credential, an Add-On or Internship program would be your best option!

Please review the Special Education Program Pathways form to determine your pathway and timeline. You will be completing a program of study form when you are accepted into the program. Schedule is subject to change.

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Concurrent Program Deadline: February 1, 2021
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Add-On Program Deadline: Spring 2021
Please contact Andi Shibata at ashibata@csusm.edu for admission procedures and deadlines.

Contact

Advising:
Concurrent Program:
Christina Vejar

Add-On Program:
Andi Shibata

Dr. Jodi Robledo
Program Coordinator

 Frequently Asked Questions

 

 

The Preliminary Mild to Moderate Support Needs Education Specialist Instruction Credential authorizes instruction of students with mild to moderate support needs with a primary disability of

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder,
  • Emotional Disturbance,
  • Intellectual Disability,
  • Multiple Disabilities,
  • Orthopedic Impairment,
  • Other Health Impairment (e.g. Attention Deficit Disorder),
  • Specific Learning Disability, or
  • Traumatic Brain Injury.

The Preliminary Extensive Support Needs Education Specialist Instruction Credential authorizes instruction of students with extensive support needs with a primary disability of

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder,
  • Deaf-Blindness,
  • Emotional Disturbance,
  • Intellectual Disability,
  • Multiple Disabilities,
  • Orthopedic Impairment,
  • Other Health Impairment (e.g. Attention Deficit Disorder),
  • Specific Learning Disability, or
  • Traumatic Brain Injury.
 

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Application Instructions

Fall 2021 Start:

Program Application Open Application
Education Specialist & Multiple Subject Credential Concurrrent Program October 1, 2020 - February 1, 2021 Apply!
Education Specialist Add-On Credential Program

Please contact Andi Shibata at ashibata@csusm.edu for admission procedures and deadlines.

October 1, 2020 - Spring 2021 Apply!

Concurrent with Multiple Subject

Concurrent candidates receive the Multiple Subject and one or both of the Preliminary Education Specialist Credentials: Mild to Moderate Support Needs and Extensive Support Needs. The Authorization to Teach English Learners is met through coursework and clinical experiences. A bilingual emphasis may be added to the Multiple Subject Credential for qualified candidates. Internship options are available for the Preliminary Education Specialist Credentials.

Admission Requirements and Program Description

  • Admission Requirements

    • Bachelor’s Degree as evidenced by official transcripts verifying awarding of Bachelor’s degree
    • CBEST and CSET: Multiple Subject
    • C+ or better in Pre-Requisites Courses – EDUC 350, EDUC 364, and EDUC 422. Equivalencies are only accepted for EDUC 350
    • Certificate of Clearance
    • Tuberculin Risk Assessment
    • Two (2) Letters of Recommendation
    • Interview and Writing Sample

    All materials will be evaluated to assess an applicant’s qualifications for admission; however, no one indicator shall determine acceptance of an applicant.

    Students who wish to transfer in courses from other institutions may do so if the program faculty assesses that the course content is aligned with  the program student learning outcomes. Program faculty will consider up to 9 units of graduate-level coursework that a student has successfully completed at another institution.

  • Program Co-Requisites

    • U.S. Constitution Requirement
    • Health Education Requirement
    • Valid Infant/Child/Adult CPR
    • Reading Instruction Competence Assessment (RICA)
  • Coursework

    Concurrent Multiple Subject Courses

    • EDMX 511 - Elementary Teaching and Learning for Education Specialists I
    • EDMX 512 - Elementary Teaching and Learning for Education Specialists II
    • EDMX 521 - Elementary Literacy for Education Specialists
    • EDMX 622 – Literacy for Education Specialists
    • EDMX 543 - Mathematics Education in Inclusive Classrooms
    • EDMS 544 - Social Studies Education in Elementary Schools
    • EDMS 545 - Elementary Science Education
    • EDMS 555 - Elementary Multilingual Education

     Concurrent Multiple Subject Clinical Practice

    • EDMX 570 - Education Specialist — Clinical Practice in Elementary and Special Settings
    • EDMX 571 - Education Specialist — Clinical Practice: General Education Setting

    Concurrent Multiple-Subject Total (38 Units)


    Additional Preliminary Mild to Moderate Support Needs Education Specialist Courses and Clinical Practice

    • EDMX 627 - Assessment for Planning and Instruction
    • EDMX 630 – Diverse Learners with Disabilities and Their Families
    • EDMX 631 - Foundations in Law, Ethics, and Procedures of Special Education
    • EDMX 632 – Instructional and Assistive Technology
    • EDMX 633 – Creating Accessible Learning Environments
    • EDMX 572 - Education Specialist — Clinical Practice: Special Education Setting
    • EDMX 575 - Education Specialist — Transition Development Plan Seminar

    Concurrent Multiple-Subject and Mild to Moderate Support Needs Education Specialist Total (62 Units)


    Additional Extensive Support Needs Education Specialist Courses and Clinical Practice

    • EDMX 635 – Curriculum and Instruction for Students with Extensive Support Needs
    • EDMX 636 – Communication and Positive Behavioral Supports
    • EDMX 573 – Education Specialist – Clinical Practice: Extensive Support Needs

    Concurrent Multiple-Subject, Mild to Moderate Support Needs, & Extensive Support Needs Total (77 Units)

  • Continue to the MA Special Education

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

    See the Master of Arts in Special Education Preliminary Preparation program description for admissions requirements, and courses and clinical practice that may be applied toward the master’s degree.


Prerequisite Coursework

Applicants to Initial Teaching Credential Programs must complete three prerequisite courses in order to be eligible for admission and enrollment. However, the courses can be in progress at the time of application.

Take the Prerequisites through Extended Learning!
These courses are:

  • EDUC 350: Foundations of Teaching as a Profession

    About EDUC 350: Foundations of Teaching as a Profession

    Equivalent courses at a Community College:

    • EDUC 115 at Mira Costa College
    • EDUC 200 at Grossmont College
    • EDUC 200 & 203 at San Diego Community College District

    An orientation to careers in K-12 education. Focuses on teaching and schooling from multiple perspectives, with an emphasis on current thinking and practices in public education in the U.S. Subjects from the sociological, philosophical, and historical foundations of education are addressed. Readings from the lives of teachers and interactions with local educators will assist students to understand the richness and the complexities of teaching as a career. Emphasizes the importance of education for all children in a diverse society. Intended for individuals interested in becoming teachers to understand the nature of formal education in the United States and to assess teaching as a career.

    Includes 45 hours of supervised fieldwork assignments in K-12 classroom settings.  

  • EDUC 364: The Role of Cultural Diversity in Schooling

    About EDUC 364: The Role of Cultural Diversity in Schooling

    Principles of first and second language acquisition (e.g. historical and current theories, psychology, sociocultural, political, and pedagogical factors) and issues related to notions of culture, interaction, and communication in school and community contexts (e.g. the nature of culture, manifestations of cultural contact and cultural diversity in the United States and in California) within a theoretical and applied context.

    Cross-listed: EDUC 364 and SLP 364 are cross-listed. Students may not receive credit for both. Enrollment Requirements: Certificate of clearance and TB risk assessment required.

  • EDUC 422: Teaching, Learning, and Technology (Fall 2020 Title Change - Previously Technology Tools for Teaching and Learning)

    About EDUC 422: Technology Tools for Teaching and Learning*
    *Course title change Fall 2020 to Teaching, Learning, and Technology

    Focuses on developing knowledge and skills using technology for teaching and learning within the broader context of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) education through fifteen (15) hours of field experience with children in K-12 educational settings. Certificate of clearance and TB risk assessment required prior to engaging field experience hours.


Add-On

This Preliminary Mild to Moderate Support Needs and Extensive Support Needs Education Specialist “Add On” Program is specially designed for teachers who have completed a basic (e.g., Multiple Subject, Single Subject) credential and have satisfied California subject matter competence requirements (an emergency or substitute permit is not a basic credential). The Authorization to Teach English Learners is met through coursework and clinical experiences.

This credential program prepares teachers in advanced skills to instruct students in grades K through 12 and adults with identified disabilities.

Admission Requirements and Program Description

  • Admission Requirements

    • CSUSM Graduate Application and Fee
    • Bachelor’s Degree as evidenced by official transcripts verifying awarding of Bachelor’s degree
    • Verification of valid basic (Multiple or Single Subject) credential issued by California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC)
    • Two Letters of Recommendation
    • Statement of Purpose
    • Tuberculin Risk Assessment
    • GPA of at least 2.67
    • Interview and Writing Sample

    Subject matter competency and individual requirements for out-of-state trained teachers may be required. Contact the College of Education, Health and Human Services (CEHHS) Student Services Office for details (760) 750-4277.

  • Coursework

    Preliminary Mild to Moderate Support Needs Education Specialist Courses and Clinical Practice

    • EDMX 572 - Education Specialist — Clinical Practice: Special Education Setting
    • EDMX 575 - Education Specialist — Transition Development Plan Seminar
    • EDMX 622 – Literacy for Education Specialists
    • EDMX 627 - Assessment for Planning and Instruction
    • EDMX 630 - Diverse Learners with Disabilities and Their Families
    • EDMX 631 - Foundations in Law, Ethics, and Procedures of Special Education
    • EDMX 632 - Instructional and Assistive Technology
    • EDMX 633 - Creating Accessible Learning Environments

    Mild to Moderate Support Needs Education Specialist Total (28 Units)


     

    Additional Extensive Support Needs Education Specialist Courses and Clinical Practice

    • EDMX 635 – Curriculum and Instruction for Students with Extensive Support Needs
    • EDMX 636 – Communication and Positive Behavioral Supports
    • EDMX 573 – Education Specialist – Clinical Practice: Extensive Support Needs

    Total (32 Units)

  • Continue to MA Special Education

    The program provides the option to obtain a Master of Arts in Special Education degree. See the Master of Arts in Special Education program description for admissions requirements, courses, and clinical practice that may be applied toward the master’s degree.

Internship:

Internship Partnership with Service Area School Districts for Preliminary Mild to Moderate Support Needs and/or Extensive Support Needs Education Specialist “Add On” Program

This Intern Partnership Option prepares teachers in advanced skills to instruct students in grades K through 12 and adults with identified disabilities while working as a special educator. Admission requirements for the program are the same as those described for the Preliminary Mild to Moderate Support Needs and Extensive Support Needs Education Specialist “Add On” Program.

Candidates who already hold a valid basic credential (e.g., Multiple or Single Subject) and an English Language authorization earn Mild to Moderate and Moderate/Severe Disability Education Specialist credentials while employed and teaching on an Intern credential.

  • Admission Requirements

    • CSUSM Graduate Application and Fee
    • Bachelor’s Degree as evidenced by official transcripts verifying awarding of Bachelor’s degree
    • Verification of valid basic (Multiple or Single Subject) credential issued by California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC)
    • Two Letters of Recommendation
    • Statement of Purpose
    • Tuberculin Risk Assessment
    • GPA of at least 2.67
    • Interview and Writing Sample

    Subject matter competency and individual requirements for out-of-state trained teachers may be required. Contact the College of Education, Health and Human Services (CEHHS) Student Services Office for details (760) 750-4277.

  • Intern Eligibility

    Eligibility for intern teaching in this program includes the following:

    • Valid California basic (Multiple or Single Subject) teaching credential
    • Bachelor’s Degree as evidenced by official transcripts verifying awarding of Bachelor’s degree
    • Completed U.S. Constitution requirement
    • Basic Skills Examination
    • Subject Matter Competency
    • Tuberculin Risk Assessment
    • California Authorization to Instruct English Learners
    • Continuous enrollment and successful progress in program coursework and Education Specialist Teaching Performance Expectations. Failure to enroll in coursework without prior consultation and approval from the College of Education, Health and Human Services Student Services and program coordinator may lead to cancellation of the internship credential.

    Candidates in this internship option must also apply with and be selected for employment as an intern with a partnering school or school district. Subject matter competency and individual requirements for out-of-state trained teachers may be required. Contact the College of Education, Health, and Human Services (CEHHS) Student Services Office for details (760) 750-4277.

  • Continue to MA Special Education

    The program provides the option to obtain a Master of Arts in Special Education degree. See the Master of Arts in Special Education program description for application information, and courses and clinical practice that may be applied toward the master’s degree.


 

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