Mar 21, 2018
Kimy Liu, Ph.D., Program Coordinator
Teacher Education Department phone: (209) 667-3357
Note: There are no "catalog rights" in credential programs. Requirements, subject to change, are set by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, the California State University, and CSU Stanislaus. Students must meet the current state requirements for the credential. For current state requirements, consult the Handbook for the Education Specialist Credential Program that is available online at www.csustan.edu/teacher-education/education-specialist-special-ed
California State University, Stanislaus is authorized to recommend individuals for Education Specialist Credentials in two areas: Mild/Moderate Disabilities and Moderate/Severe Disabilities. An Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) added Authorization is also offered. The programs prepare individuals to become special education teachers.
A prerequisite teaching credential in Multiple or Single Subject, is not required to obtain the Education Specialist Credential.
Requirements: Education Specialist Credential
The following is a sequence of steps to obtain a Preliminary Education Specialist Credential: Mild/Moderate and Moderate/Severe Disabilities. Admission forms and a full description of the documentation and coursework requirements are included in the Education Specialist Handbook.
I. General Requirements
- Applying for admission to CSU Stanislaus Graduate School and to the Credential Program requires separate applications and fees.
- CSU Stanislaus Graduate application - apply online at www.csumentor.edu Application to the University requires official transcripts and separate fees. If students graduate with a B.A./B.S. while in the credential program, they must reapply to the University in a timely manner (about six months prior to graduating) and be readmitted as a graduate student to continue in the program.
- Application to the Credential Program is available online at www.csustan.edu/Credentials, or you can stop by Credential Services, DBH 303, (209) 667-3534. A fee is required when submitting the application.
- Grade Point Average (GPA) Requirement
The required GPA is 2.67 in all baccalaureate and postbaccalaureate coursework or GPA of at least 2.75 in the last 60 units. Students with a minimum 2.5 GPA in the last 60 units will be considered for "Special Admission."
II. Admission Requirements
Applicants may apply before completing the prerequisites; however, the prerequisites must be completed before being accepted to program.
- Tuberculosis Clearance
Students must show proof of having completed a screening for tuberculosis within the last 4 years
- CCTC Certificate of Clearance
Students must submit fingerprints via "Livescan" when they apply for the program. The "Livescan" form (fingerprints) is available in the Credential Services office or on their website at www.csustan.edu/Credentials and will be electronically forwarded to CCTC. The clearance is processed through the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) and is completed online at www.ctc.ca.gov. Background checks are conducted by the California Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). When "cleared", a student will receive an email from the Commission verifying the "Certificate of Clearance."
- Subject Matter Competency
Students will complete one of the following:
1. Elementary level: Pass 3 sections of CSET Multiple Subject.
2. Middle and Secondary Level: Pass CSET Single Subject exam or complete a subject matter preparation program (in the areas of Art, English, Foreign Language, Mathematics, Music, Social Science, or Science only).
- Basic Skills Requirements (BSR)
This requirement can be met through one of the following ways:
1. Pass 3 sections of CBEST (www.cbest.nesinc.com).
2. Pass CSET Writing Skills (Elementary Level Only) (www.ctcexams.nesinc.com).
3. Pass CSU Early Assessment Program (EAP English and Mathematics sections taken in spring of 11th grade with a "College Ready" or "Exempt" score.
4. CSU Placement Examinations (EPT and ELM) with English score of 151 or above and Math score of 50 or above. Candidates using only the CSU examinations to meet the BSR can combine scores from EAP and EPT/ELM.
5. College Board SAT examination - with an English score of 500 or above and Math score of 550 or above.
6. ACT Examination - with an English score of 22 or above and Math score of 23 or above.
7. College Board Advanced Placement Examinations (AP) with English score of 3 or above in either AP English Language and Composition or AP English Literature and Composition; AND a Math score of 3 or above in either AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC or AP Statistics.
8. Pass a Basic Skills Examination from another State. (The list of Basic Skills Examinations from other states accepted by CCTC can be found at http://www.ctc.ca.gov/credentials/leaflets/c1667.pdf Parts of different options may not be combined to meet the Basic Skills Requirement, except the EAP and EPT/ELM as stated in #4.
- Early Field Experience
All candidates must complete 45 hours of documented field experience in K-12 classrooms.
- English Composition
All CSU graduates will have met this requirement as part of their BA/BS degree.
1. Complete a CSU upper-division writing course (listed as WP in the catalog).
2. Submit a verifiable score of 41 or higher on the writing portion on CBEST.
3. Completing an upper division composition coruse with a grade of C or better.
- American Government/Constitution
Complete or an equivalent course that fulfills the U.S. Constitution requirement.
III. Corequisite Course
This corequisite course should be completed prior to admittance to the credential program, but may be taken concurrently.
IV. Prerequisite Course
One of the following courses must be taken and/or in progress prior to applying to the program
Human Development: (3 units)
V. Education Specialist Program Requirements
A. If an offer of admission is made, complete the following courses with a minimum GPA of 3.0:
Multilingual Education - Take one course, depending on program emphasis:
Complete the remaining courses:
Select the following course(s) depending on the credential(s) you are seeking
If you are seeking Mild/Moderate or Concurrent Multiple Subject & Mild/Moderate credential:
If you are seeking Moderate/Severe credential:
B. Student Teaching: After completing the coursework with "B" average and verification of subject matter competence, complete the following courses:
Note: you must apply for credential specific student teaching a semester prior to placement.
1. If seeking Mild/Moderate Disabilities enroll in:
2. If seeking Moderate/Severe Disabilities enroll in:
3. If students are not successful in their first attempt of student teaching, they should take the following class in their second attempt. (Note: Prerequisite: Approval of the Program Selection and Review Committee)
a. If seeking Mild/Moderate Disabilities enroll in:
b. If seeking Moderate/Severe Disabilities enroll in:
VI. Exit Requirements
A. Reading instruction Competence Assessment (RICA) Credential candidates should take this exam only after completing the program courses on how to teach reading. www.rica.nesinc.com RICA is an exit requirement for the Education Specialist Credential. Before candidates are recommended for the credential, verification of passing is required.
B. Particpate in an exit interview.
C. CPR Certification - In "infant/child and adult" that meets the criteria for the American Heart Association or the American Red Cross.
TOTAL UNITS FOR THE EDUCATION SPECIALIST CREDENTIALS: 44 UNITS
(3 corequisites, 3 prerequisites + 38 program units)
Education Specialist Internship Option: Mild/Moderate or Moderate/Severe Disabilities
The internship option permits candidates in the Education Specialist Credential Program to obtain employment as a teacher in collaborating school districts while completing requirements for the Preliminary Credential. Interns must still complete all courses and tests in the credential program. Interns do not have to complete student teaching; they can get credit for their student teaching from their paid intern teaching position. To qualify for an internship, candidates must meet the following requirements:
- B.A. / B.S. degree
- Basic Skills Requirement
- Meet Subject Matter competency requirement
- College coursework or examination on U.S. Constitution
- Tuberculosis (TB) Clearance
- Certificate of Clearance (Fingerprint clearance)
- Complete CPR Certification that includes Infant/Child/Adult and meets the American Red Cross and/or American Heart Association criteria
- Prerequisite Courses - Complete 120 hours of post-baccalaureate studies to include:
1. EDSE 4310 - Introduction to Special Education
2. Multilingual Education: Complete one of the following:
a. EDMS 4150 - Multilingual Methods OR
b. EDSS 4110 - Multilingual Education in Secondary Schools OR
c. EDUC 4400 - Intro and Foundations of Multilingual Education
3. EDSE 4750 - Applied Behavioral Analysis in the classroom
The Education Specialist Professional Clear Credential: Mild/Moderate and Moderate Severe Disabilities
A Professional Clear program (Level II ESCP) is not offered by CSU Stanislaus effective Fall 2011. If you need to complete this CCTC requirement, contact your local district or county BTSA Office for an alternate means of meeting this credential level.