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Extensive Support Needs (ESN) Student Teaching Program

Program Overview:

The Extensive Support Needs Special Education (ESN) Student Teaching Option at California State University, San Bernardino is a one to two-year program leading to a Preliminary Education Specialist Instruction Credential: Extensive Support Needs 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 are accepted into the program throughout the year and are provided with an individualized course sequence that outlines the coursework requirements. The course sequence is coordinated so students attend classes with the same students throughout the program at the San Bernardino or the Palm Desert Campus. Candidates are required to complete one, fifteen-week supervised fieldwork experiences.* The 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).

*Candidates who hold a multiple or single subject credential are only required to take one quarter of supervised fieldwork.


Individuals interested in applying for the ESN Student Teaching Option must meet the following requirements:

  • A Bachelor's degree and passing CBEST scores
  • Subject Matter Competency (passing CSET 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:
    1. *ESPE 5530 and ESPE 5531 – must earn a B or better

Application Procedures:

Individuals interested in applying for the Extensive Support Needs Special Education Student Teaching Option may obtain an application form from the special education website.

District Partnerships:

The Extensive Support Needs 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.

Student Teaching Coordinator

Shannon Sparks
Special Education Student Teaching Coordinator

Office: CE-228
Phone: (909) 537-7328

Program Office:
Phone: (909) 537-7406