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About the Program

The special education master's degree and credential program contains an Intern track specifically designed for the candidate who is teaching full time in an appropriate setting in a public K–12 or private WASC-approved K–12 school. This assignment must be verified and approved by the program director prior to course registration.

If the full-time teaching assignment does not meet the requirements for candidate teaching, or the assignment does not meet program requirements (e.g., non-WASC accredited private school), teacher candidates must contact the program director who may direct them to petition the department chair for a solution that modifies or extends their assignment to meet state and program standards. Modification involves an extra 4–6 weeks of clinical practice as placed by the Office of Credentials and Student Placements.

Candidates who are enrolled in the Intern track must complete a minimum of 15 units of coursework. Course waivers must be reviewed and approved by the program director before a candidate is allowed to complete less than the total coursework required for the credential. Admittance to the program is required before the director will review the waiver forms.

Candidates should apply for their credential through the Credential Analysts’ Office once all requirements are met. Contact (626) 815-5346 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.