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Steps to Becoming a Teacher

The cohort model begins with entry in Module 1 in Fall I or Spring I. Students who enter at other times of the year will be advised regarding course enrollment prior to the next modular entry date.

STEP 1: Successful completion of first and second modules of coursework

Note: Candidates admitted with provisional program acceptance must complete the first 12 units with a B (3.0) or better in each course to remain eligible for continued enrollment at the university. CBEST must be passed before moving to Module 2.

STEP 2: RICA
Special education candidates are required to pass the reading Instruction Competence Assessment (RICA) before applying for a Preliminary Credential. As the course to prepare for this exam is taken in the first module (SPED 574), students are strongly encouraged to take the exam during the second module.

STEP 3: Successful completion of Clinical Practice and all coursework in Modules 3 and 4

STEP 4: TPE
Teacher Performance Expectation will be met through SPED courses.

STEP 5: Clearance to advance to Clinical Practice (Student/Contract Teaching)
The Application for Clinical Practice Clearance must be submitted to the Office of Student Services (626) 815-5353 or (626) 815-5343 by October 1, for the spring semester, or by April 1, for the fall semester with the supporting documentation listed below:

STEP 6: Completion of transition plan and CPR (infant, child, and adult).

STEP 7: Apply for Credential.
Candidates may apply for the Preliminary Credential upon completion of all the above criteria. The Preliminary Credential is valid for five years and nonrenewable. Contact the Credential Analysts’ Office for application materials at the end of the fourth module. Contact (626) 815-5346 for more information.

STEP 8: Professional Clear Credential
Those who successfully complete the Preliminary Credential and are employed, have 120 days to begin work on their Clear Credential. A Change of Program must be submitted in order to be advised and allowed to register for the coursework involved. An Individual Induction Plan is also developed. (See Clear Credential program for more information.)

Note: This information is current for the 2013–14 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.