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Education: Education Specialist Teaching Credential: Mild/Moderate - 39-45 units

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The program prepares candidates to teach students with mild/moderate disabilities in self-contained special education and general education classrooms. The program specifically prepares candidates for the diversity of languages and cultures often encountered in California’s public school classrooms. The program prepares candidates to address the needs of students who speak English as a native language and/or as a second language in the elementary or secondary school setting. An underlying principle of the program is the belief that all children (regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, ability or economic status) are capable of learning and educators can make a difference in their lives. Emphasis is placed on the K-22 student actively engaged in his/her learning.


The Education Specialist Program prepares candidates to complete the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) standards for the preparation of teachers of children with mild and moderate disabilities from kindergarten to grade 12.

Admission to the Education Specialist Teaching Credential Program

1. Application - Apply to both the CI Admissions Office and the School of Education. Applications to the School of Education are available online at: http://education.csuci.edu/credentials/apply-now.htm

2. Basic Skills Examination - Students must pass either the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) or the revised California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET) Multiple Subjects Examination plus Writing Skills, prior to admission to the Multiple Subject Teaching Credential Program. Students are urged to take either of these examinations at the earliest possible time after deciding to pursue a teaching credential.

3. Subject Matter Preparation - The CI Liberal Studies,Teaching and Learning Emphasis best prepares students for the subject matter knowledge and skills required for the Education Specialist Teaching Credential Program. Students may also complete a state-approved subject matter program from other California colleges or universities. Students who have not completed a state-approved subject matter program must pass a California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET) in any content area prior to admission to the Education Specialist Teaching Credential Program. The CSET examination results are valid for ten years from the date of passing and must be valid upon final completion of the program. Subject matter requirements are currently being revised by the CTC. Please consult with the Credential Advisor for the latest regulations.

4. Prerequisite Courses - Must have been completed within seven years prior to beginning the program with grades of “C” or better.

    Education - 17 units

    Select one from the following:

    Education, Bilingual Authorization - 26-27 units
    In addition to completing the courses above, the following are required:

     Select one from the following:

5. U.S. Constitution - Knowledge of the U.S. Constitution demonstrated by completion of 2 units (semester) of a college-level course or college-level examination.

6. Grade Point Average - A student must have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.67, or 2.75 in the last 60 semester units completed. If a student does not have the required GPA, conditional admission may be available on a limited basis.

7. Health Clearance - Evidence of a negative tuberculin test is required. The tuberculin test is valid for four years and must be valid through student teaching. The tuberculin test may be completed at a private physician’s office, the County Health Department, or the CI Student Health Center.

8. Certificate of Clearance - Students must possess or apply for a valid Certificate of Clearance as part of admission to the Teaching Credential Program. The Certificate of Clearance is a background check and clearance conducted by the Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation.

9. Official Transcripts - One official set of transcripts from each of the colleges or universities attended must be mailed directly to the CI Admissions Office.

10. Two Letters of Recommendation - Two letters of recommendation from faculty, employers, and/or others who are knowledgeable about the student’s personal qualities and ability to work with children must be submitted with the program application.

11. Experience - At least 45 hours of documented field experience in a K-12 or special education classroom or an equivalent documented field experience must be completed.

12. Bachelor’s Degree - A bachelor’s degree or all undergraduate academic subjects must be satisfied toward a bachelor’s degree before entering a teacher education program. A bachelor’s degree is a requirement for teacher certification.

13. Interview - An interview is conducted by the School of Education Admissions Committee once all other portions of the admissions requirements are complete. Students are not eligible for financial aid as a credential student until all admissions requirements are met, including the interview.

14. Writing Sample - Writing samples are required as part of the application and will need to be provided during the on-campus interview portion of the application process.

Aditional Requirements: Certification in adult, infant and child Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) competency is required by the CTC for initial issuance of a teaching credential. The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) requires passing the Reading Instruction Competence Assessment (RICA) for the initial issuance of an Education Specialist Teaching Credential.  (It is recommended that RICA be taken after completion of the Literacy 1 course in the credential program).

Additional Program costs: The following exams and resources have a cost associated with them: CBEST, CSETs, CPR, RICA, TaskStream.

Program Maintenance Requirements: As a condition of remaining in the program, students must maintain a grade point average of 3.0 (B) or better, with no course grades lower than a C+.

Requirements for the Education Specialist Teaching Credential - 39-45 units

Education Specialist Teaching Credential with Bilingual Authorization - 45 units

Bilingual Authorization: Spanish Emphasis Language Assessment. Students who wish to complete the Bilingual Authorization in Spanish should sign up for the language assessment prior to admission. This must be passed prior to entering the bilingual internship teaching. Please visit the website of the California Subject Examinations for Teachers for information regarding CSET: LOTE Subtest III Test Exam, The Language of Emphasis, for testing dates: http://www.ctcexams.nesinc.com/#Lote

In addition to completing the courses above, the following courses are required - 6 units


Students interested in pursuing a credential on an intern or part-time basis should seek the advice of a Credential Program Advisor. For more information, visit the Credential Services webpage at: http://education.csuci.edu/credentials

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