Special Education - Preliminary Education Specialist

Brandman University offers the Preliminary Education Specialist teaching credentials with the English Learner and Autism authorizations in three areas of exceptionality: Mild/Moderate (M/M), Moderate/Severe (M/S), and Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE). The special education program, once completed, authorizes the holder to teach in special education in K-12 (and through age 22) special education settings (M/M and M/S) or in Birth through Pre-Kindergarten special education programs (ECSE). Credential courses and fieldwork experiences are aligned with the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) Special Education Teaching Performance Expectations and reflect current research and best practices in special education. Candidates utilize Common Core Standards and California state content standards to design engaging lessons and develop skills in planning and differentiating instruction, classroom management, and assessment. In addition, the program focuses on the use of technology in the classroom and the development of 21st Century Skills for all learners.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Collaboration: Integrate skills and knowledge related to understanding appropriate collaborative partnerships with multidisciplinary teams that include families/guardians/caregivers, community members, and educational personnel.
  • Diversity: Demonstrate professional practices and attitudes that reflect value of and knowledge about children and families from diverse backgrounds and experiences.
  • Instruction: Implement and promote evidence-based and multifaceted teaching methodologies and strategies, including those incorporating appropriate technology to meet students’ individualized needs.
  • Assessment: Critically analyze, select, and use formal and informal assessments that are appropriate for each child’s culture, language and unique learning needs. Candidates will incorporate assessment results for IEP/IFSP/ITP development, Response to Intervention (RTI), instruction, and interventions.
  • Behavioral Strategies: Implement Positive Behavior Supports, social skills instruction, and environmental arrangement to support developmentally appropriate social and educational behaviors.
  • Clinical Practice: Apply subject matter pedagogical skills in authentic settings.

Credential Program Information

Candidates entering the Preliminary Education Specialist Credential Program who hold a valid general education credential may waive certain courses in the program. Please see an academic advisor to determine which courses can be waived. Those who do not hold such a credential must take EDUU 510 Introduction to Teaching and a minimum of 12 credits of coursework plus Supported or Directed Teaching at Brandman University to establish residency.   Candidates adding an additional authorization to their active Special Education credential are required to complete a minimum of 9 credits of their coursework including Directed teaching.  If these candidates enter into an internship they are required to take all the supported teaching and internship seminar courses.  To obtain the Preliminary Education Specialist credential, candidates must meet the following requirements and those listed under teaching credential programs.

Candidates can earn both education specialist and general education credentials at the same time.  However, candidates entering both the education specialist and general education credential programs are responsible for ALL program requirements outlined within each specific credential program. Candidates can also earn both the mild/moderate and moderate/severe credentials, or mild/moderate moderate/severe and early childhood special education credentials at the same time.

Preliminary Education Specialist, Mild/Moderate Credential with English Learner and Autism Authorizations and/or Moderate/Severe Credential with English Learner and Autism Authorizations

Prerequisites

PSYU 323Child Development3
EDUU 513Student Health and Safety2
EDUU 551Educational Applications of Computers Level I *3
Total Credits8
*

A waiver of the technology requirement may be granted based on successful completion of the CSET Educational Technology Exam, documentation of completion of regular education computers in education coursework from an accredited college or university, or the submission of an electronic portfolio (under certain conditions).

Requirements

Core Courses
EDUU 510Introduction to Teaching3
EDUU 511Collaboration For Inclusive Schooling3
EDUU 512The Art & Craft of Teaching3
EDUU 649Data-Based Decision Making in Special Education3
EDUU 602Positive Behavior Supports3
EDUU 603Instructional Supports for Communication, Language and Literacy3
EDUU 655Individualized Education Plan Development and Special Education Law3
Core Courses Subtotal21
Literacy Content
EDMU 520Literacy and Language in K-8 Classrooms I3
EDMU 521Literacy and Language in K-8 Classrooms II3
or EDSU 532 Effective Literacy Instruction for Single Subject Candidates
Literacy Content Subtotal6
Emphasis Course
Select one or both of the following:3-6
Teaching Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities
Teaching Students with Moderate/Severe Disabilities
Emphasis Course Subtotal3-6
English Learner Requirements *
English Learner requirements must be met in one of the ways listed below0-12
English Learner Requirements Subtotal0-12
Clinical Practice **
Complete the Mild/Moderate or Moderate/Severe credential10
Clinical Practice Subtotal10
Total Credits40-55

English Learner Requirement 

  1. Passing score on the CTEL examination (available only by petition, speak with your advisor about this option).
  2. Hold a current CLAD/BCLAD.
  3. Hold a current 1059 (with CLAD) or 2042 Multiple or Single Subject(s) Credential.
  4. Successfully complete the following courses in addition to EDMU 520 Literacy and Language in K-8 Classrooms I and EDMU 521 Literacy and Language in K-8 Classrooms II.
    EDMU 523History, Social Science and Visual/Performing Arts in K-8 Classrooms3
    EDMU 524Teaching and Learning Mathematics in K-8 Classrooms3
    EDMU 525Teaching and Learning Science in K-8 Classrooms3
  5.  Successfully complete the following courses in addition to EDMU 520 Literacy and Language in K-8 Classrooms I and EDSU 532 Effective Literacy Instruction for Single Subject Candidates.
    EDSU 530Theories, Methods, and Materials for Teaching English Learners3
    EDSU 531Secondary Instructional Strategies for Language/Culturally Diverse Classrooms3
    EDSU 533Content Specific Strategies for Single Subjects (Series)3
    EDSU 534Preparing 21st Century Learners: A Collaborative and Integrated Approach3
  6. Successfully complete the CTEL certificate courses and a portfolio (available only by petition, speak with your advisor about this option).

Clinical Practice 

Mild/Moderate
EDTU 572Directed Teaching I: Mild/Moderate3
EDUU 544Student Teaching Seminar I2
EDTU 592Directed Teaching II: Mild/Moderate3
EDUU 545Student Teaching Seminar II2
Total Credits10
Moderate/Severe
EDTU 573Directed Teaching I: Moderate/Severe3
EDUU 544Student Teaching Seminar I2
EDTU 593Directed Teaching II: Moderate/Severe3
EDUU 545Student Teaching Seminar II2
Total Credits10

Candidates seeking both a Mild/Moderate and Moderate/Severe credential will be required to complete a total of 2 sessions of Directed Teaching, one in each area and at two different age levels.

Preliminary Education Specialist Credential – Early Childhood Special Education

Prerequisites

PSYU 323Child Development3
EDUU 513Student Health and Safety2
EDUU 551Educational Applications of Computers Level I *3
ECED 303Integrated Learning Standards in Early Childhood Settings: Language & Literacy3
ECED 330Dual Language Learners and Their Families3
Total Credits14
*

A waiver of the technology requirement may be granted based on successful completion of the CSET Educational Technology Exam, documentation of completion of regular education computers in education coursework from an accredited college or university, or the submission of an electronic portfolio (under certain conditions).

Requirements

Core
EDUU 510Introduction to Teaching3
EDUU 511Collaboration For Inclusive Schooling3
EDUU 512The Art & Craft of Teaching3
EDUU 602Positive Behavior Supports3
EDUU 603Instructional Supports for Communication, Language and Literacy3
Core Subtotal15
Emphasis Area
EDUU 639Pedagogical Leadership in Early Childhood Education3
EDUU 665Historical, Phil, and Legal Foundations of Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education3
EDUU 666Family Guided Practices in Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education3
EDUU 667Assessment in Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education3
EDUU 668Curriculum and Intervention in Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education3
EDUU 669Consultation and Advanced Strategies in Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education3
Emphasis Area Subtotal18
Clinical Practice
EDTU 594Directed Teaching: Early Childhood Special Education (Infants and Toddlers)3
EDUU 544Student Teaching Seminar I2
EDTU 595Directed Teaching: Early Childhood Special Education (Preschool)3
EDUU 545Student Teaching Seminar II2
Clinical Practice Subtotal10
Total Credits43

Adding a Mild/Moderate or Moderate/Severe Credential to an Existing Education Specialist Credential

Option: Adding a mild/moderate or moderate/severe Preliminary Education Specialist Credential.

Prerequisites

Valid Preliminary or Clear Education Specialist Credential, mild/moderate or moderate/severe with EL Authorization based on 2009 CTC Program Standards and an Autism Authorization.  This program may be available to candidates who hold a Level II clear credential.  

Up to 3 credits of General Education Elective may be waived or transferred into program.  Three credits of the first Directed Teaching course and the first student teaching seminar (EDUU 544 Student Teaching Seminar I) may be waived with 1 year of documented full-time teaching experience in the respective credential area being sought.  Internship experience may not be used to waive student teaching credits.  Students must establish residency with at least 9 credits.

Candidates adding a Preliminary Education Specialist Credential must successfully complete an exit portfolio consisting of signature assignments and artifacts from required coursework, an exemplary lesson plan, evaluation and observation from student teaching, and reflective essays.  Students will submit their portfolio upon meeting all other program requirements.  Candidates submit portfolios through LiveText and pay a fee to have the portfolio evaluated. Portfolio requirements and directions are located on the SOE Services MyBrandman site.

Per CTC, holders of a clear education specialist credential may complete another preliminary specialty area program and add the new specialty area to their Clear credential. These individuals do not need to verify completion of an Induction program and will be issued a new clear credential with the additional specialty area.

Requirements

Emphasis Course
EDUU 519Teaching Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities3
or EDUU 560 Teaching Students with Moderate/Severe Disabilities
Emphasis Course Subtotal3
General Education Elective
Select one of the following:3
Collaboration For Inclusive Schooling
The Art & Craft of Teaching
Voice, Diversity, Equity, and Social Justice
Independent Study
Seminar in Curriculum Studies
Literacy and Language in K-8 Classrooms I
Literacy and Language in K-8 Classrooms II
Effective Literacy Instruction for Single Subject Candidates
General Education Elective Subtotal3
Clinical Practice
Complete the Mild/Moderate or Moderate/Severe Credential10
Clinical Practice Subtotal10
Total Credits16

Clinical Practice

Mild/Moderate
EDTU 572Directed Teaching I: Mild/Moderate3
EDUU 544Student Teaching Seminar I2
EDTU 592Directed Teaching II: Mild/Moderate3
EDUU 545Student Teaching Seminar II2
Total Credits10
Moderate/Severe
EDTU 573Directed Teaching I: Moderate/Severe3
EDUU 544Student Teaching Seminar I2
EDTU 593Directed Teaching II: Moderate/Severe3
EDUU 545Student Teaching Seminar II2
Total Credits10