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2016-2017 CSU East Bay Catalog 
2016-2017 CSU East Bay Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Preliminary Education Specialist Credential: Mild-Moderate Disabilities

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Special Education Programs of Study

Faculty: Jacki L. Anderson and Ann T. Halvorsen (Co-coordinators, Moderate-Severe Disabilities); Linda Smetana (Coordinator, Mild-Moderate Disabilities)

The Special Education program prepares their graduates for careers in direct teaching and for leadership roles in Special Education. Programs are offered which lead to:

The programs’ emphasis is providing students with a wide range of practical methods for enhancing the lives of individuals with exceptional needs. To this end, coursework is taught by University faculty and successful practitioners in the field. The programs provide extensive supervised fieldwork in settings that are appropriate to each student’s professional goals.

Education Specialist Credential

Program Requirements:

To earn the Preliminary Education Specialist Credential all candidates must:

  1. hold a valid Multiple Subject or Single Subject Teaching Credential, or
  2. be enrolled in the joint Multiple Subject/Education Specialist (TED/SPED) program.

Pathway Options

The programs described below are not required for the Preliminary Education Specialist Credential. However, students may choose to enter one or both of these programs, which also offer a pathway to the Preliminary Education Specialist Credential.

Education Specialist Employed Teacher Internship Program

The Education Specialist Employed Teacher Internship program enables eligible candidates to earn the Preliminary Education Specialist Credential while teaching full or part-time.  Candidates for this program must be currently enrolled in the Credential program and have the approval of the Program Coordinator.

Candidates in the Internship program must complete all the required courses listed for the Preliminary Education Specialist Credential.  In addition, they must complete the following course:

  • Units: 2-6
  • Note: The number of units depends on the point-of-entry into the internship program. Education Specialist Credential candidates may take 6770 for a maximum of 12 units.

Concurrent Multiple Subject and Education Specialist Credentials (TED/SPED Program)

In this program, candidates earn both a Multiple Subject and Educational Specialist Credential (either Mild-Moderate or Moderate-Severe).  This program is for candidates who want to earn both a multiple subject teaching credential and an Education Specialist Credential at the same time.  The requirements for the Multiple Subject Credential are listed under MSV standard pathway.  However, candidates only complete two of the three multiple subject student teaching placements.  The requirements for the Preliminary Education Specialist Credentials are listed above.  This is a two-year program, and the schedule of course offerings will vary with each entering cohort.

Course Descriptions

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Other Graduate & Post-Baccalaureate Degree Requirements

In addition to departmental requirements, every student must also satisfy the university requirements for graduation as described in the Graduate/Post-Baccalaureate Admission and Degree Information  chapter in this catalog. These include the 32-unit residence requirement, the five year rule on currency of subject matter, the minimum number of units of 6000-level courses, the 3.00 grade point average, and the University Writing Skills Requirement. For information on meeting the University Writing Skills Requirement, see the Testing Office website at or call 510.885.3661.

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