The cohort model begins with entry in Module 1 in Fall I or Spring I. Candidates who enter at other times of the year will be advised regarding course enrollment prior to the next modular entry date. A maximum of 9 units may be taken per term with the department chair’s prior written approval only.
|1. Take modules 1, 2, and 3.|
|Module 1||6 units|
SPED 511Language Development for All Students
SPED 574Literacy and Reading Instruction for Students with Moderate to Severe Disabilities
|Module 2||6 units|
SPED 521Collaboration, Inclusion, Community Integration for Students with Moderate to Severe Disabilities*
SPED 530Introduction to Individual Differences and Strengths-based Education
*Students must complete this course before taking the RICA, and the RICA must be passed before qualifying for a credential.
Students must also meet with advisor to develop a transition plan at the end of Module 2.
*Candidates cannot register for this course without clearance from the Office of Student Services. This is a mentor-based course. Teacher candidates do not attend classes to meet regularly with an instructor. Teacher candidates must attend a mandatory Clinical Practice orientation meeting before the term begins.
|2. Pass RICA.|
|3. Apply for Clinical Practice by April 1 for spring and October 1 for fall.|
|4. Take module 4.|
^Candidates cannot register for this course without clearance from the Office of Student Services. This is a mentor-based course. Teacher candidates do not attend classes to meet regularly with an instructor. Teacher candidates must attend a mandatory Clinical Practice orientation meeting before the term begins.
|5. Clearance for Clinical Practice|
|6. Placement by Office of Student Services with Master Teacher.|
|Total units for credential only||27 units|
|7. Apply for Preliminary Credential.|
|8. Take Comprehensive Exam (offered November, March, and June).|
|9. Submit Intent to Graduate Form to Graduate Registrar.|
|10. Take courses required for master’s degree.|
|Required for Master of Arts in Education: Special Education (for those in combination programs only)||18 units|
SPED 532Bilingual Special Education
SPED 581Historical and Philosophical Perspectives of Disabilities Studies
SPED 582Theories of Learning and Research in Disabilities Studies
SPED 583Current Trends in Curriculum and Disabilities Studies
SPED 584AGuided Research Project: Procedures
SPED 584BGuided Research Project: Findings
|Total units for credential and master’s||45 units|
Note: Completion of all credential requirements, including all examinations, coursework, and other requirements, must be met before the master's degree will be posted. An Intent to Graduate Form must be completed and fees paid by the deadlines set by the Office of the Graduate Registrar.
Clinical Practice (Contract Teaching Application)
Application for Clinical Practice (Contract Teaching) must include:
Digital ELL Workshop: 120 hours with 10 hours of classroom observation
Any special education teacher candidate desiring to begin an internship in the fall or spring semester must complete the Special Education Digital Modules’ pre-Service hours. The Digital Modules will be available during fall, spring and summer. For more information, please contact the Department of Special Education.
- Proof of passage of Subject-Matter Competency by deadlines placed by the Office of Student Services
- Full-time public school or WASC-accredited private school contract for SPED position
- Letter on official school letterhead from administrator fully describing the assignment/position for consideration (must have prior approval by program director)
- Candidates with an approved non-WASC teaching position must complete an extra 4-6 weeks of Clinical Practice in a WASC setting, as placed by the Office of Student Services.
Candidates are required to enroll in TaskStream, which includes an online portfolio assessment system to facilitate candidate evaluation. Candidates create electronic portfolios to showcase and document their competencies and experience with the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC), share artifacts or the entire portfolio with instructors and advisors for feedback and review online, submit sections of their portfolio or the entire body of work for evaluation online, and track their progress toward their degree. Courses include assignments, etc. that comprise the portfolio. A one-time assessment fee is levied at the program’s outset to cover these requirements.
Note: Up-to-date schedule of course offerings per term can be found through the university’s Web portal, or with the assistance of the site coordinator.
Credential analysts are liaisons between graduate education candidates, school districts, and California’s Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC). They process requests for fingerprint clearance (Certificates of Clearance), and applications required to file credentials with the CTC. They review all potential candidate files as part of the admissions process. For more information, please contact (626) 815-5346.