Internship Education Specialist Credential: Mild/Moderate Disabilities with EL Authorization

Requirements (100 units)

The Mild/Moderate Disabilities Intern Program is an alternative certification program in which interns are employed full-time as Special Education teachers for pupils with mild/moderate disabilities while earning the Preliminary Education Specialist Credential in Mild/Moderate Disabilities with English Language (EL) Authorization and the Master of Arts in Education, Special Education option. All requirements must be completed in two years. Candidates will be admitted to this program beginning in the Winter Quarter 2011.

According to the CTC, candidates completing the Preliminary Education Specialist Credential in Mild/Moderate Disabilities are authorized to conduct assessments, provide instruction, and special education related services to individuals with a primary disability of specific learning disabilities, mild to moderate mental retardation, other health impairment, emotional disturbance, and autism spectrum disorders in kindergarten, grades 1 through 12, and classes organized for adults. The program also meets state standards authorizing instruction to English learners to develop English language skills including reading.

Interns earn tenure credit in their districts and receive ongoing supervision/support from a university supervisor and district support provider. Interested applicants should contact the Mild/Moderate Disabilities Intern Coordinator for program information, including the two-year program course sequence and program costs. Grant funds may be available for additional financial support.

Admission to the Program

Applicants must apply online via CSUMentor in addition to submitting a complete Program Admission File (PAF) to be considered for admission to the Preliminary Education Specialist Credential program in Mild/Moderate Disabilities. Applicants must meet BOTH the general requirements of the university for Graduate Admission and the program requirements in order to be admitted to the university and classified as a graduate/credential candidate. In preparation for admission to the basic program, applicants must review the Special Education Credential Program Admission Booklet which can be downloaded at http://www.csusb.edu/coe/programs/special_ed/index.htm and attend a mandatory Information Session scheduled through Teacher Education in the College of Education Student Services at either the San Bernardino or Palm Desert campus. At this session, applicants will receive instructions for completing their PAF. Applicants must submit a PAF to the Admissions staff in the College of Education Student Services according to the deadlines published for the quarter of admission. Admission to the credential program is based on the following requirements included in the PAF:

  1. Completion of an application form;
  2. Original written verification of passing score for the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST);
  3. Original written verification of a passing score on the CSET examination or appropriate subject matter competency;
  4. Two written recommendations by persons who can address scholastic performance and suitability for teaching (recommendation forms are available in the Special Education Credential Program Admission Booklet);
  5. A written personal narrative to be reviewed and approved by the Special Education Program Director;
  6. Verification of a negative tuberculin examination within the last four years;
  7. Academic Achievement, verified through official transcripts from ALL institutions of higher education attended. Applicants must possess a minimum undergraduate grade point average of at least 2.67 in all baccalaureate and postbaccalaureate course work or at least 2.75 in the last 90 quarter units attempted;
  8. Documentation of 45 hours of experience in K-12 classrooms;
  9. Submission of an application for a certificate of clearance or evidence of a credential or permit authorizing public school teaching in California;
  10. Verification of attendance at a Special Education Information Session;
  11. Satisfactory completion of prerequisite courses with a grade of "B" or better:
      1. ESPE 530. Introduction to Special Education (4)
      2. ESPE 531. Methods and Procedures in Special Education (4)
      3. ONE of the following with a grade of "B-" or better:
        • EELB 301. Growth and Development in Socio- Educational Contexts (6)
        • HD 240. Introduction to Child Development (4)

    Additionally, admission to the master's degree program requires completion of the graduate entrance writing requirement by one of the following:

      1. Completion, with a grade of "B" (3.0) or better, of one of the following courses: EDUC 306, ENG 306, HUM 306, MGMT 306, NSCI 306, or SSCI 306 at this university or an equivalent course;
      2. Satisfactory completion of the Writing Requirement Exemption Examination (WREE) offered at this university.

    Students who do not meet this criteria may be admitted as conditionally classified graduate students. Students admitted in this category may be changed to classified standing with approval of the College of Education. No more than 20 quarter units may be used to demonstrate fitness to complete the program.

    Upon admission to the university and the Preliminary Education Specialist Credential Program, all candidates must attend the mandatory New Student Orientation. At this session, candidates will receive a program handbook and will be advised on completing an approved Coursework Plan.

Eligibility for the Internship Program

In addition to meeting the general requirements for admission to the university and the Special Education Credential program, eligibility for the Internship program requires the following:

  1. Submission of application for the Internship Education Specialist Credential: Mild/Moderate Disabilities;
  2. Satisfactory completion of pre-service course work requirements with a grade of "B" or better:
      1. ESPE 530. Introduction to Special Education (4)
      2. ESPE 531. Methods and Procedures in Special Education (4)
  3. Note: These courses may be included in Internship Program Requirements if pre-service requirements are met through possession of valid California Multiple Subjects or Single Subject Teaching credential.

  4. Preparation to teach English learners must be verified by one of the following:
      1. Pre-service EL coursework/instruction;
      2. Valid California Credential with EL Authorization;
      3. CLAD/BCLAD Certification;
  5. Interview by university/school district representatives at the discretion of the Intern Program Coordinator.

Recommendation for the Internship Education Specialist Credential: Mild/Moderate Disabilities

In addition to classified program admission and successful verification of eligibility for the internship program, the candidate must successfully complete the following requirements in order to be recommended for the Internship Education Specialist Credential in Mild/Moderate Disabilities:

  1. Employment as a special day class teacher for pupils with mild/moderate disabilities in a participating school district, verified by a copy of the contract indicating the beginning date of employment as an intern (Month/Day/Year) with the authorized signature as designated by the school district personnel office. The recommended credential issuance date will be the date the employing school district specifies on this contract as the beginning date of service;
  2. Application for On-line Recommendation submitted to Credential Processing in the College of Education Student Services;
  3. Completion of the U.S. Constitution requirement by one of the following:
      1. HIST 146. American Civilization (4)
      2. HIST 200. United States History to 1877 (4)
      3. HIST 540. Constitutional History of the United States (4)
      4. PSCI 203. American Government (4)
      5. PSCI 410. American Constitutional Law (4)
      6. PSCI 411. The Bill of Rights (4)
      7. Successful completion of an examination administered through the College of Extended Learning;
      8. Approved U.S. Constitution course substitution at another university.

Advancement to Candidacy

In addition to the university and program admission requirement, master's degree candidates must successfully complete the following requirements in order to be advanced to candidacy:

  1. Achieved full admission to the M.A. in Education, Special Education Option;
  2. Completed all required coursework with a grade point average of 3.0 ("B") or better with no grade lower than a "B-;"
  3. Secured approval of candidacy from the College of Education;
  4. Filed an approved graduate program for completion of the degree. This must be prepared in consultation with an assigned advisor in the College of Education and approved by the director of the Special Education program.

Note: Advancement to candidacy must be processed prior to completion of 20 quarter units of master's degree course work. Students will not be permitted to take the comprehensive examination in the same quarter they are advanced to candidacy.

Internship Program Requirements (100 units)

All requirements must be met within the term of the internship credential (two years). Completion of the following courses with a grade point average of 3.0 or better with no grade lower than a "B-:"

  1. EDUC 603. Effective Communication in Education (4)
  2. EDUC 605. Foundations of Education (4)
  3. EDUC 607. Introduction to Educational Research (4)
  4. ESPE 610. Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders (4)
  5. ESPE 611. Assessment Methods in Special Education (4)
  6. ESPE 612. Supportive Learning Environments for Students with Disabilities (4)
  7. ESPE 613. Curriculum and Methods in Literacy Learning for Students with Disabilities (4)
  8. ESPE 614. Curriculum and Methods for Diverse Learners with Disabilities (4)
  9. ESPE 622A. Supervised Intern Teaching in Special Education: Mild/Moderate Disabilities (8) for a total of (48)
  10. ESPE 625. Collaboration and Consultation in Special Education (4)
  11. ESPE 627. Education of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (4)
  12. ESPE 642. Methods in Mild/Moderate Disabilities I (4)
  13. ESPE 643. Methods in Mild/Moderate Disabilities II (4)
  14. ESPE 657. Seminar on Mild/Moderate Disabilities (4)
  15. ESPE 999. Comprehensive Examination (0)

Recommendation for the Preliminary Education Specialist Credential: Mild/Moderate Disabilities

In addition to credential and degree course work, candidates must successfully complete the following exit requirements to be recommended for the Preliminary Education Specialist Credential: Mild/Moderate Disabilities:

  1. A grade point average of 3.0 ("B") in professional education course work, with no course grade lower than a "B-;"
  2. Completion of the upper-division writing requirement;
  3. Verification of a passing score on the RICA (Reading Instruction Competence Assessment).
  4. Note: Holders of a valid California teaching credential based on a baccalaureate degree and completion of a teacher education program including student teaching, will be exempt from RICA. Contact the Credentials Office for further information, (909) 537-5609.

  5. Application for On-line Recommendation submitted to Credential Processing in the College of Education Student Services.

Requirements for Graduation

In addition to requirements listed above, candidates must meet the following requirements for graduation:

  1. A minimum of 48 quarter units of acceptable work, with a minimum of 35 units completed at this university;
  2. Note: The program may not include more than 13 quarter units in approved CSUSB extension or transfer courses from other colleges/universities. CSUSB will not consider the transfer of course work from an institution which will not accept that work towards its own advanced degree program.

  3. A grade point average of 3.0 ("B") in course work taken to satisfy the Master of Arts degree requirements with no grade lower than a "B-" in all courses in the program;
  4. Successful completion of the comprehensive examination to meet the university graduation writing requirement. The comprehensive examination is of an integrative nature and is designed to test the student's knowledge of a specific field, rather than subject matter of courses taken. The examination is offered once each quarter. The student may enroll in the examination no earlier than the last quarter in which course work is taken. The student must complete a graduation check with the Office of Records, Registration and Evaluations before permission to take the examination can be granted. Students who do not receive a passing score may petition the College of Education to retake the examination or any part of it. Students who do not receive a passing score the second time must petition the Dean of Graduate Studies to take it again. Approval to retake the examination may be, at any time, contingent upon completion of additional designated courses.
  5. Graduation Requirement Check. Candidates for degrees to be awarded must request a graduation requirement check at the Office of Records, Registration and Evaluations at least one quarter prior to the end of the term of their expected graduation. To avoid late fees, the graduation check should be filed by the established deadlines listed in the Schedule of Classes. Advancement to Candidacy is needed before the graduation check can be completed. Students not completing their degree in the term applied for will need to re-file and pay for the later term. Access to registration for terms subsequent to the stated graduation will not be granted until the graduation check is re-filed.