Program of Study
Concurrent candidates receive both the Multiple-Subject and the Preliminary Mild to Moderate Support Needs Education Specialist Instruction Credentials with the option to also complete the Preliminary Extensive Support Needs Education Specialist Instruction Credential. 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.
The Multiple-Subject Credential authorizes instruction of students in grades K through 8. The Preliminary Education Specialist Instruction Credentials authorize the provision of instruction to students in grades K through 12 and adults with identified disabilities. The Mild to Moderate Support Needs Education Specialist 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 Extensive Support Needs Education Specialist 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. All credentials authorize instruction of English learners.
Concurrent candidates may complete coursework and clinical practice for the Multiple-Subject and one or both of the Preliminary Education Specialist Credentials (Mild to Moderate Support Needs and Extensive Support Needs). 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.
Requirements for Program Admission:
- Bachelor’s degree as evidenced by official transcripts verifying awarding of bachelor’s degree
- Basic Skills and Subject Matter Competency
- C+ or better in pre-requisites courses – EDUC 350 , EDUC 364 , and EDUC 422 . Equivalencies are accepted only for EDUC 350
- Certificate of Clearance
- Tuberculin Risk Assessment
- Two Letters of Recommendation
- Interview and Writing Sample
- U.S. Constitution Requirement
- Health Education Requirement
- Valid Infant/Child/Adult CPR
- Reading Instruction Competence Assessment (RICA)
TPA and TPE Assessment
All candidates entering programs that result in the issuance of a Multiple- or Single-Subject, and/or Education Specialist Credential must pass all Teaching Performance Assessment (TPA) assessments before an online recommendation for the credential can be submitted to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) by the College of Education, Health, and Human Services (CEHHS) Student Services Office.
All candidates entering programs that result in the issuance of a Preliminary Education Specialist Instruction Credential must demonstrate satisfactory performance through coursework and verified clinical practice on the full range of Preliminary Education Specialist Teaching Performance Expectations and develop a written Individualized Induction Plan (IIP) for use in the candidate’s Clear Credential Program.
Clear Credential Requirements
Successful completion of Multiple-Subject requirements results in the issuance of a 5-year Preliminary Multiple-Subject Credential. SB 2042 requires employment as a full-time teacher and completion of an induction program to qualify for a Clear Multiple-Subject Credential. Successful completion of Education Specialist requirements results in the issuance of a 5-year Preliminary Education Specialist Credential that also must be cleared through an induction program to qualify for the Clear Education Specialist Credential. An essential clearing requirement is the development of a written Individualized Induction Plan (IIP) of supported induction and job-related advanced professional preparation approved and signed by the clear credential candidate, an employer designee, and a California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) approved clear credential program sponsor (e.g., district, university, County Office of Education induction program). See the CCTC website for currently approved clear credential sponsors.