Master of Arts in Education Learning and Teaching Education Specialist 

The Education Specialist program prepares individuals to teach students with mild to moderate disabilities and students with autism spectrum disorders in K–12 settings and in classes organized primarily for adults through age 22. Candidates take coursework and engage in field experiences concurrently from the very beginning of the program. The course content prepares candidates to know and understand various types of disabilities and their causes; design, adapt and differentiate instruction for students with a wide range of abilities and disabilities; design and implement positive behavior support plans for students’ behavioral challenges; and administer and interpret a wide variety of assessment instruments for referral and progress monitoring of struggling students and students with mild to moderate disabilities. The combined coursework and fieldwork experiences require candidates to think critically and reflectively about the theory to practice continuum. The capstone experience in this program consists of an intensive student teaching experience in a special education classroom or setting, plus the presentation of a summative portfolio of assignments and case studies to address the Teacher Performance Expectations (TPE) required by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC). Completion of these requirements, along with successful completion of all coursework with a GPA of 3.0 or higher, is required for recommendation for the credential. 

Prior to the student teaching seminar (EDSP 652A and EDSP 652B) students must complete the following: 
•Multiple Subject–CSET subject tests 101, 102 and 103 must be passed 
•Single Subject–All CSET single subject tests must be passed. (CORE subjects allowed) 

Prior to completion of the credential program, students must complete the following: 
•Education Specialist candidates must complete a Health Education Competency workshop or equivalency and Augmentative and Assistive Communication (AAC) Competency workshop or equivalent.
•Multiple Subject–CPR requirement, (infant, child, and adult) U.S. Constitution requirement, IDTP plan and TPE portfolio submitted to Program Coordinator. 
•Single Subject–CPR requirement, U.S. Constitution requirement, IDTP plan and TPE portfolio submitted to Program Coordinator. 

Required Courses

Required courses consist of MALT 601 - EDSP 652B and include Student Teaching EDSP 655A and EDSP 655B, with the option of EDSP 653. Please speak to an advisor regarding internship option requirements. 

MALT 601 Foundations of Learning (3 Credits)

Introduction to the field of education; its history, major philosophies, socio-cultural context, diversity, pedagogy, educational psychology, legal issues, and educational reform. Integrates traditional educational thinking with culturally relevant perspectives based on current research on practice.

EDSP 610 Foundations of (Dis)ability and Special Education (3 Credits)

Critically examines the (dis)ability studies movement as it relates to our past, present and future political climate both in and outside of school. Explores the impact of othering. Develops awareness of tensions between (dis)ability studies and special education while practicing self-reflexivity and advocating for students with (dis)abilities. Equivalent to EDSP 510.

MALT 603 Multiple Subject Methods I: STEM Methods (3 Credits)

Focuses on pedagogical content knowledge and instructional methods in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), and related content. Models project and problem-based learning incorporating digital resources with an emphasis on promoting research-based strategies.
Prerequisite: MALT 601.

EDSP 616 Inclusion, (Dis)ability and Classroom Community (3 Credits)

Students will explore the ways in which they make sense of student behavior and will learn evidence-based instructional practices that are grounded in person-centered values. Students will become familiar with the application of Response to Intervention (RtI), Behavior Support Plans (BSP), Positive Behavior Interventions (PBI) and IEP goal-writing. Equivalent to EDSP 516.

MALT 605 Multiple Subject Methods II: English Language Arts (3 Credits)

Examines the relationship between language, power, and signifying practices from the perspective that literacies are multiple, distinctive, situated social practices. Considers the role of oral language, critical literacy, and situated literacy in a linguistically and culturally diverse society.  
Prerequisites: MALT 601 and MALT 603. 

EDSP 625 Diagnostic Reading and Specialized Interventions (3 Credits)

This course addresses the design and implementation of reading, literacy, and communication assessments and interventions to meet the needs of a full range of learners. Candidates will learn how to use these assessments and interventions in the context of Response-to-Intervention and other pre-referral intervention models. Equivalent to EDSP 525.

MALT 610A Foundations of Inquiry: Research, Assessment, and Evaluation in Schools (3 Credits)

Equips beginning researchers with the tools to conduct meaningful teacher research to inform classroom practice. Educational research is evaluated to understand the relationship between theory and practice when conducting inquiry. This is one of two courses for the MALT program capstone experience.

MALT 610B Foundations of Inquiry: From Inquiry to Action (3 Credits)

Completion of an inquiry-based project from MALT 610A that includes a research proposal, questions, research design, plan, and appropriate form of publication. Research agendas connect coursework to relevant community issues while emphasizing an exploration of a teacher-researcher identity.
Prerequisite: MALT 610A.

EDSP 652A Education Specialist Teaching Seminar I (1 Credits)

Culmination of the Education Specialist Teaching Credential Program. Consists of a series of topics designed to develop and further candidates’ professional preparation. Equivalent to EDSP 552A and EDSP 552B. 

EDSP 652B Education Specialist Teaching Seminar II (1 Credits)

Culmination of the Education Specialist Teaching Credential Program. Consists of a series of topics designed to develop and further candidates’ professional preparation. Equivalent to EDSP 552A and EDSP 552B. 

EDSP 655A Education Specialist Student Teaching I (5 Credits)

Supervised public school classroom experiences in mild/moderate delivery models and settings, K-12 through age 22. Full-day student teaching required for seven weeks, constituting a full-time job. Student teaching placements are arranged prior to student teaching by the Director of Fieldwork Experiences. Equivalent to EDSP 555A and EDSP 555B.

EDSP 655B Education Specialist Student Teaching II (5 Credits)

Supervised public school classroom experiences in mild/moderate delivery models and settings, K-12 through age 22. Full-day student teaching required for seven weeks, constituting a full-time job. Student teaching placements are arranged prior to student teaching by the Director of Fieldwork Experiences. Equivalent to EDSP 555A and EDSP 555B.

EDSP 653 Education Specialist Internship (13 Credits)

The internship program is an eighteen-week supervised public school classroom experience in mild/moderate delivery model and setting, K-12 through age 22. Open for application to those who earned a bachelor’s degree, have passed CBEST, CSET, or an approved waiver program and have met program pre-service requirements. Equivalent to EDSP 553.

Please note: MALT 601 may be waived for students holding a multiple or single subject credential. MALT 603 and MALT 605 may be waived for students holding a multiple subject credential.