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Mild/Moderate Education Specialist Preliminary Credential

Program Length: 2.5 Years

This program is designed for individuals interested in teaching learners with mild/moderate special education needs, in particular but not exclusive to students with learning disabilities, emotional/behavioral disorders, mild intellectual disabilities, traumatic brain injury, other health impaired and Autism Spectrum disorders. Completion of the program authorizes candidates to work with students who have autism spectrum disorders.

Credential candidates receive a complete range of instruction and support in instructing learners with mild/moderate disabilities within a continuum of service delivery options. The Reading Instruction Competence Assessment and any course-related Teacher Performance Assessments (TPA’s) are required.

Upon completion of the Education Specialist Preliminary Credential, candidates have five years to complete the Clear Education Specialist Credential.

Prior to enrolling in student teaching (SPED 409), candidates are required to successfully contribute to the field through documented advocacy and service.

Program Requirements

Total Program: 40 Semester Hours

Pre-Internship and Core Requirements: 13 Semester Hours and CBEST/CSET Passage

Code Course Title Units
EDUC 470A Theories and Methods of Education for Linguistically Diverse Students (Special Education) 4
EDUC 428 Introductory Teaching Practices (Single Subject) 4
SPED 401 Assessment: Education Specialist Professionalism 3
SPED 402 Culturally Responsive Instruction, Mindfulness, Inclusivity, and Practicum 3
SPED 403 Typical and Atypical Development and Practicum 3

Area of Concentration: 26-27 semester hours

RDG 510A Foundations of Emergent Literacy Instruction for Special Education and Practicum 3
RDG 514A Literacy Assessment and Interpretation for Special Education and Practicum 3
SPED 405 Diversity and Professional Communication and Practicum 3
SPED 406 Assessment Practices and IEP Development and Practicum 3
SPED 407 Mild-Moderate Caseload Management and Practicum 3
SPED 408 Curriculum and Instruction and Practicum 3
SPED 505 Advanced Positive Behavior Support: Theory and Practice  3
SPED 409 Directed Teaching (For Traditional Student Teaching), OR 6
SPED 409 Directed Teaching (If taken while in the internship) 5

Additional Requirements

Prior to applying to the Commission, proof of a valid CPR card, proof of US Constitution competency and Speech/Public Speaking is required.

Internship Program

The Education Specialist Internship Program offers and intern credential for those qualified to become the teacher of record in a mild/moderate special education class. Candidates who are interns take all the core courses for the Mild-Moderate Education Specialist Preliminary Credential, as well as SPED 495, a 3 semester hour course, for each semester and term they are teaching as an intern until they enter SPED 409. Interns may complete SPED 409 in their intern classroom. The internship credential is a two-year credential program that is district specific. Entry into the internship program is contingent upon good standing in the credential program, as indicated in the pre-internship program. Potential interns must demonstrate proficiency in a practicum setting.

Admission Requirements:

  1. Acceptance into the Education Specialist Preliminary Credential Program with all admissions requirements completed and current
  2. Completion of SPED 401 with Credit (CRD)
  3. Completion of SPED 402 with a B or better
  4. Completion of EDUC 426 or 428 with a B or better
  5. Completion of SPED 403 with a B or better
  6. District letter indicating 120 hours or more of successful classroom experience with learners with special needs
  7. District “intent to hire” letter or contract specifically stating a specal education classroom
  8. Interview with Student Teaching and Intern Coordinator

Intern Course

Code Course Title Units
SPED 459A First Intern Seminar 3
SPED 459B Second Intern Seminar 3
SPED 459C Third Intern Seminar 3
SPED 459D Fourth Intern Seminar 3
  1. Three (3) letters of recommendation on official letterhead paper
  2. A GPA of 2.8 or higher in a completed B.A. or B.S.
  3. A passing score on admissions interview.
  4. CBEST Passage (or proof of registration)
  5. CSET Passage (or proof of registration)
  6. TB Clearance
  7. Fingerprint Clearance
  8. Health Education/Drug Prevention/Sexually Transmitted Disease course
  9. Internet access capability
  10. Computer for Educators approved course
  11. Public communication competence
  12. U.S. History Constitution competence

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