The Early Childhood Special Education Special Education (ECSE) Student Teaching Option at California State University, San Bernardino can be completed in one to two years. The program leads to a Preliminary Education Specialist Instruction Credential: Early Childhood Special Education with the English Learner (EL) Authorization. Candidates complete all coursework and supervised fieldwork prior to beginning full-time teaching in the special education classroom. Students may be accepted into the program during the fall and spring semesters. Individualized course sequences are provided that specify the credential requirements. The course sequence is coordinated so candidates attend classes with the same students throughout the program at the San Bernardino Campus or the Palm Desert Campus. Candidates are required to complete one, fifteen-week supervised fieldwork experiences.* The university supervisor provides direct support to the candidate and is the liaison between the personnel at the school site, district, and university.
The Special Education Program integrates credential coursework with the coursework requirements for the Degree of Master of Science in Special Education. Candidates may earn their master's degree by completing four additional courses and a culminating experience (i.e., comprehensive examination or project).
Individuals interested in applying for the ECSE Student Teaching Option must meet the following requirements:
- A Bachelor's degree and passing CBEST scores
- Minimum requirements for Graduate Admissions
- U.S. Constitution Course or Waiver Exam
- Experience working with individuals with disabilities and/or young children and families is preferred
- Successful completion of *prerequisite**/pre-service requirements including:
- *ESPE 5530 and ESPE 5531 – must earn a B or better
Individuals interested in applying for the Early Childhood Special Education Special Education Student Teaching Option may obtain an application form from the special education website.
The Early Childhood Special Education Special Education Student Teaching Option at California State University, San Bernardino has a partnership with approximately fifty districts and Riverside and San Bernardino County Offices of Education.