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2021-2022 Catalog 
2021-2022 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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. Additional information about the application process can be found at the School of Education credentials website http://education.csuci.edu/credentials.

2. Prerequisite Courses - Must be satisfied with grades of “C” or better prior to starting the clinical practice (student teaching) portion of the credential program.

    Education - 17 units


  Education, Bilingual Authorization - 9 units

In addition to completing the courses above, students seeking the bilingual authorization are required to complete the following:

    Complete one from the following:

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 student teaching. Please visit the website of the California Subject Examinations for Teachers for information regarding CSET: Spanish Subtest III.

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


Students interested in pursuing a credential as an intern should consult with a credential counselor in the Clinical Experiences and Partnerships Office (CEPO). For more information, visit the Credential Services webpage at: http://education.csuci.edu/credentials

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