Preliminary Level I Education Specialist Credential: Early Childhood Special Education with EL Authorization

Requirements (59 units)

Completion of this credential certifies teachers to work with children from birth through pre-kindergarten who have disabilities or who are at risk of acquiring disabilities.

Admission to the Program

Applicants must apply to CSUSB via CSUMentor in addition to submitting a complete Program Admission File (PAF) to be considered for admission to the Preliminary Level I Education Specialist Credential Program in Early Childhood Special Education. Candidates will be admitted to this program until Fall 2010. Applicants must meet BOTH the general requirements of the university for postbaccalaureate admission and the program requirements in order to be admitted to the university and classified as a credential candidate. In preparation for admission to the basic credential program, applicants must review the Special Education Credential Program Admission Booklet which can be downloaded from the Special Education Program web pages on the CSUSB website 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 desk in the College of Education Student Services according to the deadlines published for the quarter of admission. Admission to the program is based on the following requirements included in the PAF:

  1. Completion of an application form;
  2. Original written verification of passing score on the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST);
  3. 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);
  4. A written personal narrative to be reviewed and approved by the Special Education Program Director;
  5. Verification of a negative tuberculin examination within the last four years;
  6. 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;
  7. Documentation of 45 hours of experience in Early Childhood and special education settings;
  8. Submission of an application for a certificate of clearance or evidence of a credential or permit authorizing public school teaching in California;
  9. Verification of attendance at a Special Education Information Session

Admission to Supervised Student Teaching

One quarter in advance of the time candidates intend to enroll in supervised student teaching (ESPE 620 and 621), they must submit an application for supervision. This application is due by Friday of the third week of the quarter prior to enrolling in supervised student teaching (no applications are accepted in the summer).

Admission to supervised student teaching is based on the following criteria and conditions:

  1. Completion of an application form submitted to the College of Education Student Services Supervision desk;
  2. Verification of an approved Coursework Plan including documentation of approved course substitutions;
  3. Verification of complete PAF with official written verification that the applicant has passed the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST);
  4. Satisfactory completion of credential coursework with a grade point average of 3.0 ("B") and no course grade lower than "B-;"
  5. Verification of a negative tuberculin examination within the last four years.

All coursework taken at another college and substituted for credential program requirements is subject to approval by the director of the Special Education Program. No more than 12 units of the credential program may be substituted. Student teaching is never transferable.

Student teaching for the credential is a full-time assignment for one quarter each of ESPE 620C (concurrent with no more than two required credential courses) and EELB 621C (concurrent with no more than the final two required credential courses). No concurrent course work should be taken beyond the required Preliminary Level I Education Specialist credential courses in Early Childhood Special Education without permission of the program director.

Recommendation for the Credential

In addition to the program admission requirements and Level I credential course work, the candidate must successfully complete the following requirements in order to be recommended for the Preliminary Level I Education Specialist Credential: Early Childhood Special Education.

  1. Completion of the upper-division writing requirement by one of the following:
      1. Completion, with a grade of "B" (3.0) or better, in one of the upper-division writing courses taken at this university:
        • EDUC 306. Expository Writing for Education (4)
        • ENG 306. Expository Writing (4)
        • HUM 306. Expository Writing for the Humanities (4)
        • MGMT 306. Expository Writing for Administration (4)
        • NSCI 306. Expository Writing for the Natural Sciences (4)
        • SSCI 306. Expository Writing for the Social Sciences (4)
      2. Completion, with a grade of "B" (3.0) or better, of an equivalent advanced expository writing course at another college or university;
      3. Satisfactory completion of the Writing Requirement Exemption Examination (WREE) offered at this university;
      4. A passing score on the written portion of the CBEST;
  2. Note: CBEST exam does not meet the graduate writing requirement for the Master of Arts degree.

  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 from another university;
  4. Original verification of passing status and scores on the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST);
  5. A grade point average of 3.0 ("B") in professional education course work, with no course grade lower than "B-;"
  6. Verification of Employment as an Education Specialist form (CL-777.1) from the employing school district and signed by an authorized district personnel officer.

Note: Candidates who do not provide form CL-777.1 will be issued a Certificate of Eligibility which will authorize the candidate to seek initial employment as an Education Specialist but will not authorize teaching service.

Credential Requirements

Level I Credential Courses (59 units)

Completion of the following courses with a grade point average of 3.0 ("B") or better and no grade lower than "B-":

  1. EELB 315. Reading/Language Arts Curriculum and Pedagogy (3)
  2. EELB 317. Educational Psychology for a Diverse Society (4)
  3. ESPE 515. Language and Literacy for Children Under Five With Special Needs (4)
  4. ESPE 530. Introduction to Special Education (4) (with a grade of "B" or better)
  5. ESPE 531. Methods and Procedures in Special Education (4) (with a grade of "B" or better)
  6. ESPE 611. Assessment Methods in Special Education (4)
  7. ESPE 614. Curriculum and Methods for Diverse Learners with Disabilities (4)
  8. ESPE 620C. Supervised Student Teaching in Special Education I: Early Childhood Special Education (8)
  9. ESPE 621C. Supervised Student Teaching in Special Education II: Early Childhood Special Education (8)
  10. ESPE 662. Methods for Students with Moderate/Severe Disabilities I (4)
  11. ESPE 672. Methods in Early Childhood Special Education I (4)
  12. ESPE 673. Methods in Early Childhood Special Education II (4)
  13. HD 240. Introduction to Child Development (4)

Upon completion of the U.S. Constitution, and Level I Special Education program requirements, students need to apply for a Preliminary Level I Education Specialist Credential or Certificate of Eligibility.

The State of California requires students to enroll in the Clear Level I Education Specialist Credential program within 120 working days of completion of the preliminary credential program requirements and issuance of the Preliminary Level I Education Specialist Credential. Within five years of issuance of the preliminary credential, students must complete Level I Education Specialist Program requirements in order to obtain the Clear Level I Education Specialist Credential.