|Module 1||6 units|
SPED 511Language Development for All Students
SPED 574Literacy and Reading Instruction for Students with Moderate/Severe Disabilities
*Students must complete this course before taking the RICA. The RICA must be passed before applying for the Education Specialist Preliminary Credential.
Apply for Clinical Practice
Apply for enrollment in clinical practice by April 1 for spring and October 1 for fall as well as clearance and placement by Office of Credentials and Student Placement with master teacher. Non-interns must complete Track A requirements and interns must complete Track B requirements on the application. The Office of Credentials and Student Placement does not secure placement for contracted (intern) teaching.
|Module 2||6 units|
SPED 521Collaboration, Inclusion, Community Integration for Students with Moderate/Severe Disabilities*
SPED 530Introduction to Individual Differences and Strengths-based Education
*Assessment fee of 1 unit automatically charged with registration of SPED 530. If course is waived, fee will be moved to another course.
Candidates must meet with faculty advisor by the end of Module 2 to develop a Transition Plan.
**Candidates cannot register for this course without clearance from the Office of Credentials and Student Placements. This is a mentor-based course. Teacher candidates do not attend classes. However, clinical practice seminars may be required and held face-to-face and/or online. Teacher candidates must attend a mandatory clinical practice orientation meeting before the beginning of the clinical practice term.
|Module 4||7 units|
SPED 502Diagnostic and Prescriptive Intervention for Students with Moderate/Severe Disabilities
SPED 507Assessment and IEP Development for Students with Moderate/Severe Disabilities
*Candidates may not register for this course without clearance from the Office of Credentials and Student Placements. This is a mentor-based course without regular class sessions. TaskStream is used for verifying clinical practice. Candidates must attend a mandatory Clinical Practice Orientation meeting. Coursework is a continuation of SPED 585A/586A.
Apply for Preliminary Credential
In order to apply for the Moderate/Severe (K–12) Education Specialist Preliminary Credential, all courses, fieldwork, clinical practice, and TaskStream ePortfolio requirements, including the completion of the Transition Plan and verification of CPR (infant, child, and adult), must be met.
|Required Courses for the M.A.Ed. in Special Education||18 units|
SPED 532Bilingual Special Education
SPED 582Theories of Learning and Research in Disabilities Studies
SPED 581Historical and Philosophical Perspectives of Disabilities Studies
SPED 583Current Trends in Curriculum and Disabilities Studies
SPED 584AGuided Research Project: Procedures
SPED 584BGuided Research Project: Findings
|Comprehensive Exam (offered November, March, and June)|
|Submit Intent to Graduate Form to Graduate Registrar|
|Credential only||27 units|
|Both credential and master’s degree||45 units|
Intern Credential Eligibility Requirements
For teacher candidates with full-time teaching employment and subject-matter competence:
- 120 pre-service hours Prerequisite for intern credential English language learner pre-service requirement: Any special education teacher candidate desiring to begin an internship in the fall or spring semester must complete the special education program digital modules’ pre-service hours. This digital module will be available during fall, spring, and summer. For more information, please contact the Department of Teacher Education, Special Education Programs office.
- Proof of passage of CSET (subject-matter competence)
- 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)
- U.S. Constitution (passage of exam or course)
- 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 Credentials and Student Placements.
All School of Education degree, credential, and non-degree candidates must register for and establish an electronic portfolio account through TaskStream for the duration of their studies. The candidate’s electronic portfolio will be contributed to throughout the program of study and will include the course signature assignments and other key assessments as required by the candidate’s degree or credential program. The signature assignments are critical to program improvement efforts and to the School of Education’s continuing accreditation. A candidate’s final course grade for courses with a signature assignment cannot be submitted until all necessary assessments have been uploaded to TaskStream. Successful evaluation of the electronic portfolio is required for degree completion and/or recommendation for a credential to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC).
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.