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Criteria for Clear Credential Induction Program

In order to earn the Educational Specialist Clear Credential, candidates must complete the following requirements:

Development and Administration of the Individual Induction Plan (IIP)

The Individual Induction Plan (IIP) shall be developed in consultation among the candidate, employer, and APU academic advisor. The plan shall identify and address individual candidate needs, college or university requirements, consultations and other activities with a district-assigned support provider, and assessment of the plan’s completion.

Individual Induction Plan: Menu of Options

The clear induction process requires that the candidate complete a minimum of 3 units selected from the menu of options, and the CTC requires 180 hours of professional development. The 180 hours may consist of either coursework (up to 12 units), professional development, or a combination of coursework plus professional activities (Note: 3 units = 45 hours). The IIP may include other professional development activities sponsored by organizations other than APU. Completion of approved non-university activities may be included in the Clear Induction IIP. BTSA can account for 20 hours of professional development.

Support Activities

Consultations will be provided with an assigned service provider from the candidate’s district, or an APU advisor to be established during the IIP process, who will meet periodically with the candidate.

A verified successful completion of a minimum of two years of teaching experience in a full-time special education position or the equivalent (verified by Form CL-41 EXP, signed by the district’s director of human resources) in a public school or private school equivalent status while holding the Level I or Preliminary Mild/Moderate or Moderate/Severe Credential is optional. An unemployed candidate will work with an APU advisor to develop an appropriate plan.

Course Requirements

Note: Candidates may not begin any Clear Credential coursework until the above steps are completed and the admission requirements are met.

Students complete their Clear Credential in one of the areas of emphasis below:

Areas of Emphasis (choose one)12 units
Emotional Disturbance (Behavior Analysis)
SPED 504
Introduction to Behavior Analysis in Applied Settings
3
SPED 514
Advanced Behavior Analysis in Applied Settings
3
SPED 524
Advanced Topical Study: Applications and Ethics in Applied Behavior Analysis
3
SPED 534
Single-case Designs: Measurement and Experimental Evaluation of Behavior
3
Bilingual Special Education Strategies
SPED 511
Language Development for All Students
3
SPED 513
Literacy and Math Prescriptives with Assistive Technology
3
SPED 532
Bilingual Special Education
3
SPED 536
Rtl/Brain-based Teaching and Learning: Reading and Written Language Arts Disorders
3
SPED 509
Technology in Special Education
3
SPED 547
Implementation of Special Education Legislation
3
Autism Spectrum Disorders
SPED 503
Behavior Support to Students with Moderate/Severe Disabilities
3
SPED 512
Autism Spectrum Disorders: From Theory to Practice
3
SPED 522
Collaboration and Communication Skills of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder
3
SPED 542
Meeting the Academic Needs of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder
3
Resource Specialist (RSP)
SPED 546
Resource Specialist Communication Skills
3
SPED 547
Implementation of Special Education Legislation
3
SPED 548
Staff Development and Parent Education Techniques
3
SPED 549
Supervised Field Experience: Resource Specialist
3

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Credential Analysts

Credential analysts are liaisons between graduate education candidates, school districts, and California’s Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC). For more information, please contact (626) 815-5346.

Note: This information is current for the 2013–14 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. As the information pertaining to this program in the Academic Catalog is incorrect, please refer to the university website for more information.